Technical Specialist under Spotlight Initiative

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Application Deadline :10-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-C
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year

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.


Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today. It is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights and development and therefore a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. While there have been efforts to address and eliminate Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices (HP) in the African region, and improved access to, and exercise of, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), progress has remained slow and uneven, and the approaches have been fragmented. It is increasingly clear that the elimination of all forms of SGBV and HP is intrinsically connected to transformation of gender and socio-cultural norms including those related to women’s sexuality and reproduction; and to improving women’s access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health information and services.

The European Union and the United Nations are embarking on a new multi-year program, entitled the Spotlight Initiative, focused on eliminating violence against women and girls and harmful practices. The initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in a focused number of countries aimed at achieving significant impact in the lives of women and girls. It comes with the highest level of commitment globally and the initiative will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The Spotlight Initiative is a flagship programme under the UN Reform, showing how the UN will work together towards a common goal, and a targeted investment in a usually underfunded SDG (SDG 5).

Malawi will start implementation of the Country Programme in 2019.  As this is a relatively new way of working together, there is a need for a full-time Technical Specialist on Violence Against Women who will be seconded by UN Women Country office to work and provide technical coherence of the Spotlight initiatives with all Spotlight RUNOS.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead in the technical implementation and management of the Spotlight Initiative related to violence against women and girls
  • Support the development of annual workplan and budget in discussion with RUNOs for Spotlight Initiative and manage the implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the UN Spotlight initiative activities; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Develop and submit financial and narrative reports;
  • Ensure the implementation of the programme is in line with results-based management standards;
  • Provide input to Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, in coordination with Programme Specialist as needed.

      2.  Lead technical assistance and capacity development to programme stakeholders on Spotlight initiative

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance in the area of violence against women and girls
  • Provide technical assistance to local partners supporting programme implementation
  • Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives 
  • Provide a forum for exchanging experiences; consolidate lessons learned and key outcomes of workshops, webinars and other meetings/events
  • Analyze emerging needs; follow up on technical issues and challenges emerging
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the 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.

      3.  Design and develop programme strategies related to the Spotlight Initiative 

  • Design and formulate programme proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to the Spotlight initiative.

     4.   Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide inputs to 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.

      5.  Provide inputs to the coordination with other UN agencies in the Spotlight initiative

  • Provide technical support to the Programme Specialist on Spotlight Initiative 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.

     6.  Guide and lead in advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts in the area of violence against women and girls

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Spotlight Initiative in the area of violence against women and girls
  • Provide inputs to advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation as necessary;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning in area;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on the Spotlight Initiative.


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


Required Skills and Experience

  • 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 violence against women and girls;
  • 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.
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa

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