Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment

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Location : Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
Application Deadline :19-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-C
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.


UN Women Tanzania is implementing its Country Strategic Note (2017-2021), under which one of the priority areas of focus is Women’s Economic Empowerment, with the goal that women have income security, engage in decent work and have economic autonomy. The normative work of UN Women in this area is guided by the agreed conclusions of CSW 61, and the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. This work is also guided by the Tanzania Development Vision 2030, the Zanzibar Vision 2020, the Five-Year Development II, the Mkuza Successor Strategy for Zanzibar, the Gender Policy, the Agricultural Sector Development Plan II, SME Policy, Land Policy, Financial Inclusion Policy, National Economic Empowerment Policy, the Beijing Platform of Action (BPfA), the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African Union Agenda 2063 and other international, regional and national frameworks. UN Women’s work on economic empowerment for women is also aligned to the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (2016 -2021), more specifically the thematic results areas on Inclusive Growth and Resilience.


The Country Office supports strategies and interventions that address women’s persistent poverty and exclusion by focusing on women’s income security, decent work, and economic autonomy through: increasing the number of policies that promote decent work and social protection for women; enabling more women to own, launch, and better manage large, medium, and small enterprises; and promoting rural women’s access to productive resources and engagement in climate sustainable agriculture. The office also supports macroeconomic policy frameworks and interventions that expand women’s economic empowerment, increase the capacity of economic and financial institutions to eliminate inequalities and generate economic wellbeing and opportunities for all women, within the context of CEDAW, BPfA, ILO Conventions, SDGs, Africa Union Agenda 2063, other international standards and norms and national policies and frameworks


Reporting to Deputy Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.       Design and develop programme strategies in the area of Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women’s Economic Empowerment.


2.        Manage the implementation and management of the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.


3.       Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

4.     Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.


5.    Manage the people and financial resources of the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts; Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.


6.     Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.


7.      Contribute to inter-agency coordination on Women’s Economic Empowerment to achieve coherence and alignment of UN    

         Women programmes with other partners in the country

  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.


8.     Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women’s Economic Empowerment as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Women’s Economic Empowerment.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Strong knowledge of Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.



  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical experience in Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Swahili is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Fluency in English and Swahili is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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