Programme Management Specialist

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :02-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-D
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 Year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 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.


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.

Uganda Country Office is in the third year of implementing its Strategic Note-2016-2020.   UN Women has received  funding from the Government of Sweden to implement a 5-year Joint Programme on Gender based Violence (GBV) to contribute to elimination of Gender Based Violence and improvement of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)of women, girls, boys and men including disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in Uganda. The Joint programme on GBV  is coordinated by UNFPA.

The Country Office has also received funding from the European Union-United Nations global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls and harmful practices and  promotion of  sexual and reproductive health and rights. The European Union-United Nations global, multi-year initiative is coordinated by UN Resident Coordinator’s Office with 5 recipient UN Organizations: UN WOMEN, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR; and associated UN Agencies.

The two multi-year initiatives will be implemented in partnership with the Government of Uganda, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Civil Society Organizations and will enable expansion of the EVAWG programme to  20  districts of: Abim, Amuria, Kaabong, Kaberamaido, Kiryandongo, Kotido, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Pader, Yumbe, Moroto, Gulu, Bundibugyo, Tororo, Kitgum, Kasese, Amudat, Arua, Kyenjojo and Kampala. The two programmes aim to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Under the overall guidance of the Representative but immediate supervision of the Deputy, the Programme Management Specialist is responsible for overseeing the management, development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) programme for the Uganda CO as well for managing the human and financial resources of the team. This includes providing technical support to the implementation of the EVAWG programme, overseeing the monitoring of progress against mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators, monitoring the EVAWG programme and financial situation to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results, reviewing and developing partnerships and resource mobilization strategies; and leading knowledge management efforts. This position is fully funded  by the Government of Sweden under the Joint Programme on Gender Based Violence.

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) programmatic development for Uganda CO based on Programme Documents with donors and Strategic Note:

  • Advise and guide the development of EVAWG programme, including design and formulation programme/ project initiatives;
  • Review and provide feedback to ongoing projects/ programmes on related strategies and documents, workplans, case studies, and related knowledge products and publications;
  • Provide strategic and specialized technical advice on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting;
  • Review and evaluate proposals and oversee the preparation of donor proposals and reports;
  • Finalize policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/ materials for the use in the development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions.

Provide technical support to the implementation of the EVAWG programme

  • Assess EVAWG annual work plans and provide recommendations to assure compliance with EVAWG programme goals and results-based indicators;
  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
  • Oversee programme quality control and identification of potential challenges.

Oversee monitoring and reporting for the EVAWG programme

  • Review and recommend programme monitoring standards, criteria, and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results;
  • Oversee the monitoring of progress against mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
  • Gather information and prepare reports on progress of programme implementation for the EVAWG programme and donors; prepare technical reports;
  • Provide technical support in the preparation of audits and follow up on the implementation of audit recommendations; 
  • Develop, coordinate and provide training on results-based management for the EVAWG programme.

Review budget management for the EVAWG programme and manage people

  • Lead a team, perform staff performance reviews, ensure capacity development of staff members by suggesting development opportunities;
  • Monitor the EVAWG programme financial situation to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination between offices, programmes and projects.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Review and develop partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and develop 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;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

Lead knowledge building and sharing efforts

  • Lead the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination;
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested by supervisor from time to time.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • The EVAWG Programme is implemented in line with the CO Strategic Note and Annual Work plans;
  • EVAWG Programme team adhere to UN Women’s Rules, Regulations, policies and procedures, using a results-based management approach;
  • EVAWG Programme is implemented in a timely manner, in line with budgets;
  • Regular monitoring of programme, addressing issues in a timely manner
  • Timely and quality reporting;
  • Regular dissemination and sharing of information; EVAWG programme is sharing best practices/ lessons learned on programme management.


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:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Strong knowledge of UN programme management systems;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Strong networking skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, Gender 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 7 years of progressively responsible experience in EVAWG programme management, including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Experience in working in a gender related area is an asset;
  • Experience in setting priorities, budgets, work plans, participating in programme development and programme writing;
  • Proven experience in leading teams effectively.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Working knowledge of any local language in Uganda is an asset.

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