UN Women: Country Representative

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Location : Jakarta, INDONESIA
Application Deadline :04-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 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.

Reporting to the Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, the Country Representative is responsible for leading and managing the Indonesia Country Office (CO) portfolio and for translating the UN Women's Strategic Plan (SP) in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects under the Indonesia CO; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, regional bodies including the ASEAN Secretariat and its key sectoral bodies, civil society organizations, the private sector, and bilateral, (sub-)regional and non-traditional donors, in order to promote enhanced support, visibility and resources to advance transformative results for gender equality and women's empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage strategic country programme planning and development:

  • Identify development planning and programme needs, opportunities and approaches to strengthen UN Women’s presence and relevance in Indonesia and within ASEAN;
  • Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Note as well as Annual Work Plans;
  • Participate in the region’s UN Women’s regional priority setting, and provide advice to the Regional Director and Senior Management on the strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects, with particular leadership for setting strategic priorities with regard to UN Women’s relationship with ASEAN;
  • Manage and oversee the planning, design, and quality of results-based and rights-based programming through the formulation of expected programme results, the development of strategies, and the implementation of frameworks, in line with corporate guidelines and consistent with corporate policies and strategies;
  • Lead the development of programme ensuring a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Manage the Indonesia Country Office:

  • Lead the office in the delivery of programme results;
  • Lead the preparation, submission and/or approval of annual and programme work plans and budgets, and oversee their implementation and monitoring through the provision  of strategic guidance and management support;
  • Approve and oversee the appropriate and timely allocation and use of resources, in full compliance with UN Women rules and regulations;
  • Manage UN Women mandated progress reports, including quarterly and annual reports and periodic progress reports to donors;
  • Manage the CO collaboration with audit reviews and ensure timely response to audit reports;
  • Supervise the development and implementation on CO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;
  • Manage the performance of staff under his/her supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff under supervision;
  • Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.

 Participate in UN system coordination:

  • Serve as member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) as well as the UN Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) under the strategic guidance and coordination of the UN resident Coordinator (RC) / Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and support UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes, including the Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework UNDAF, throughout the programming cycle;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the UNCT/HCT in support of UN coordination, promotion of accountability, and enhanced response to national partners to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, including through capacity development and applications of tools for gender mainstreaming;
  • Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, resource mobilization, advocacy, common services, and operations; Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights as appropriate; report to the UN RC on these issues as required
  • Actively seek out participation of UN Women in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development, with view to supporting programmatic growth for UN Women to advance gender equality across key thematic areas;

 Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies:

  • Represent UN Women in and substantively contribute to intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events, policy dialogues officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs, to advocate for increased investments for women’s empowerment and gender equality;
  • Represent and advance UN Women’s interests vis-a-vis the ASEAN Secretariat and key ASEAN sectoral bodies, with view to advocating for prioritization of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the implementation of UN-ASEAN Programme of Action and to support the strategic positioning of UN Women in this regard;
  • Participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events, and contribute to strategic discussions with view to assess and enhance the impact and efficacy of UN Women policies and programmes;
  • Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure that UN support towards the realization of national plans and priorities is done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships, and design and execute resource mobilization strategies:

  • Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies, including through identification of innovative private-public models and domestic sources of financing to broaden the funding base for UN Women in Indonesia; Manage the implementation of resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;
  • Establish and maintain close relationships with government entities, civil society, public and private sector partners, ASEAN Secretariat and sectoral bodies, and both traditional and non-traditional donors, with view to broaden and deepen collaboration and mobilize new resources for programme development and implementation;
  • Negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Review and approve donor reports and establish reporting accountability frameworks to ensure that donors receive timely, high-quality reports and updates on a regular basis.

Knowledge management, innovation and capacity-building:

  • Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices in Indonesia CO programming and operations, and oversee their implementation with view to maximizing efficiency and the achievement of concrete and sustainable results;
  • Conceptualize and execute innovative models for sustainable and catalytic financing for gender equality in the country, including through cost-sharing with government and/or the private sector.
  • Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members;
  • Lead the production of knowledge products, including to showcase concrete results and highlight the impact of UN Women’s work in the country to diverse audiences.

Key Performance Indicators:

The successful performance of the UN Women Representative of the key functions directly result in effective and strategic development, implementation and management of high-quality CO programs and projects and achievement of quality results which in turn directly impact on the resource base, credibility and image of UN Women as an effective and efficient partner and as the leading knowledge-based technical and advocacy organization for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

  • Timely and quality implementation of the Country Strategic Note and AWP;
  • Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports and responses to audits;
  • Security Plans are in place and up to date;
  • UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy leader on gender equality and women’s empowerment, through the provision of substantial inputs to advance UN Women’s triple mandate;
  • Timely development and implementation of resource mobilization strategy for the CO and for UN Women’s engagement with ASEAN (Secretariat as well as sectoral bodies as required) that results in the mobilization of additional resources from diverse sources;
  • Timely and quality donor reporting;
  • Office produces quality knowledge products and communications and advocacy materials that speak to the impact of UN Women’s work;
  • High performance of staff under supervision.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to manage and empower people to work effectively together in reaching results;
  • Outstanding leadership skills;
  • Substantive knowledge of programme management and results-based management;
  • Outstanding negotiation, advocacy and interpersonal skills;
  • Expertise in writing coherent and convincing documents;
  • Outstanding communications and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent planning, goal-setting and prioritization skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other international partners to promote partnerships and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Ability to go beyond established procedures and practices, introduce new approaches and strategic innovations;
  • Strong knowledge of developmental policy priorities in the country, including sustainable development, inclusive growth, human security, and women’s empowerment and gender equality;
  • Strong knowledge of the UN system;
  • Outstanding resource mobilization skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields.


  • A minimum of 10 years of extensive development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation, including in sustainable and inclusive development, humanitarian action human rights and gender equality, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programs or UN Mission;
  • Field-based experience working with multi-cultural teams in delivering results;
  • Experience in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in ASEAN, a distinct asset;
  • Experience in effectively leading and managing teams. 


  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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