UN Women: Coordination Specialist, Women, Peace and Security (2020)

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Application Deadline :12-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days

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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.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women program of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Peace and Security Section of the Policy Division supports UN Women to fulfill its triple mandate (normative, coordination and operational) in the area of peace and security. The Section promotes improved implementation, and monitoring and reporting of global commitments on women and peace and security, including as set out in the Beijing Platform for Action,  Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2122 (2013) and 2242 (2015), linked thematic and country specific resolutions, such as on youth, peace and security and sustaining peace, relevant Statements by the President of the Security Council, and as well as related accountability frameworks established by the UN system. It supports UN Women’s role as a leading knowledge provider in this area.

Under the supervision of the Policy Specialist (P4), the Coordination Specialist, Women, Peace and Security will take a lead role in the coordination, substantive preparations and outreach around the upcoming anniversary of 1325 in 2020. The Coordination Specialist will act as a focal point for 2020 preparations, which will mark the 20-year anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and the 25-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and support consultations, event management, knowledge production and related follow-up. The Coordination Specialist will also contribute to the broader work of the Peace and Security Section. Based on UN Women’s new knowledge-management strategy, the Coordination Specialist will design a thematic strategy, and support knowledge production, communication and outreach efforts, including coordination of the UN Women Community of Practice on Women Peace and Security (WPS). 

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate UN Women’s preparations and follow-up to 2020 – the 20-year anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security and 25-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action:

  • Develop, in coordination with the Section’s thematic leads, the Communication and Advocacy Section and other relevant sections of UN Women, a concept note, communications strategy, timeline and budget for Women Peace and Security (WPS) in 2020;
  • Prepare and maintain a shared calendar of events in preparation for 2020;
  • Provide coordination support to the organization of key events, including participation in the Global Forum in 2020 and 2020 focused events linked to the Open Debates of the Security Council on women, peace and security, in liaison with other relevant Sections of UN Women and partners;
  • Coordinate the production of knowledge/ advocacy briefs on 2020 gap areas based on technical inputs from team members;
  • Develop UN Women’s advocacy goals for 2020 in coordination with the Communication and Advocacy section;
  • Develop strategies for advocacy and outreach with UN Partner, Member States and civil society, engaging them in substantive preparations as well as increasing their ownership and buy in;
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Advocacy Section on strategic outreach and communication activities and key messages for 2020.

Provide coordination support to the Peace and Security Section in the production of intergovernmental and other documentation, policy briefs, communication and outreach tools and other external knowledge products, particularly in relation to the 20th anniversary of 1325 in 2020:

  • Coordinate the preparation of UN Women’s Peace and Security Annual Report, including all aspects of production, drafting inputs, outreach and dissemination;
  • Liaise with Communications and Advocacy Section on the development of visual assets, templates, and other resources for ongoing strategic communications related to the anniversaries;
  • Provide coordination support to communications and media outreach for launch and outreach events;
  • Provide inputs to donor reports and support production of knowledge products.

Coordinate implementation of the Peace and Security Section’s  knowledge management strategy:

  • Coordinate the Peace and Security Section’s efforts to improve and implement knowledge management and information management strategies and systems;
  • Support documentation of processes, good practice and lessons learned through drafting and coordination of technical inputs from team members;
  • Establish strategic partnerships for knowledge and outreach on WPS, including support in drafting terms of reference, guidelines and criteria for partnerships, and organization of collaborative events and activities.

Maintain and further strengthen UN Women internal knowledge network on Women, Peace and Security:

  • Liaise with and engage focal points in regional, country and multi-country offices to assess needs, monitor and evaluate learning tools development and usage;
  • Map skills, expertise and learning needs across UN Women regional and country offices, including through surveys and other methods;
  • Share needs-based and responsive interactive content with UN Women Country and Regional Offices;
  • Research and coordinate the provision of  multi-lingual capacity-building opportunities for CoP members;
  • Facilitate learning, strategic planning, knowledge-sharing and peer-to-peer exchange through multi-channel media, including webinars, online regional and thematic meetings, etc;
  • Identify opportunities for and facilitate face-to-face engagement in conjunction with key events;
  • Track user participation and implement responsive activities to build engagement and communication;
  • Liaise with knowledge management leads within UN Women’s Policy Division to ensure internal knowledge and good practice exchange and sharing.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Well prepared strategy and campaign for 2020, including consultations, events, communication and outreach;
  • Active, responsive and interactive network of WPS practitioners on 2020 themes;
  • Strong buy in from partners on UN Women’s WPS advocacy goals for 2020;
  • Increased profile of UN Women’s WPS work, and WPS more generally in the lead up to the 2020 anniversaries;
  • Quality communication and advocacy materials;
  • Knowledge is better organized, systematized and accessible to internal and external audiences.


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.

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:

  • Strong commitment to and good understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to contribute to team success and cooperation;
  • Strong organizational skills and strong self-direction;
  • Creative thinking and problem solving;
  • Strong research and communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize, work under pressure with colleagues at all levels, and deliver tasks on time;
  • Strong knowledge of knowledge exchange and learning platforms;
  • Familiarity with interactive Learning Management Systems is a plus.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in political science, international relations, gender studies, management, editing and production, or related field is required.


  • At least 5 years of experience in Women, Peace and Security, gender/women’s rights, professional development/capacity building, or related field;
  • Experience designing and implementing advocacy, communications and knowledge management strategies, including related to women, peace and security;
  • Experience in advocacy events management in the UN System is highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of the women, peace and security field highly desirable;
  • Experience in internal and external communications, including campaigns, newsletters, social media, etc.;
  • Experience facilitating workshops, trainings or other activities a plus.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is 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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