Representative, UN Women Multi-Country Office for Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka (re-advertisement)

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Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :24-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :D-1
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 extendable depending on performance and budget availability


This is a re-advertisement of the position. Candidates who applied earlier are still under consideration, and do not need to re-apply.

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 UN Women Multi-Country office (MCO) in India, which also manages UN Women’s presences in Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, works closely with government institutions, civil society, private sector companies, academic institutions, and other actors to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.  Our portfolio of programmes address three main areas of work: women’s economic empowerment (WEE); ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG); and Gender-Responsive Governance. Across all three areas, the SN for the MCO focuses on frontier areas that are critical to a middle-income economy framework. Within WEE, we work on access to decent work and social protection, focusing on women farmers, manual scavengers and informal sector workers, while also promoting gender equality within corporate social responsibility and empowering women entrepreneurs across select sectors. Within EVAWG, we work closely with the government on inclusive urban development and planning, access to services for survivors of violence, cyber crime, addressing the declining child sex ratio, and implementation of national and state level laws on addressing VAWG. Our programme on Gender Responsive Governance includes the implementation of Gender-Responsive Budgeting strategies while engendering institutions of Governance and ensuring greater participation of women in public life. The MCO also addresses issues related to gender and the media.  In addition, the MCO office is increasingly promoting the incorporation of gender concerns into the South-South collaboration agenda, through the SAARC.  Finally, UN Women serves as Chair of the UN Theme Group on Gender and Youth in India, coordinating the UN agencies and other development stakeholders to advance the overall gender equality agenda, including the implementation of inter-governmental norms, conventions and standards.

Reporting to the Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific UN Women Representative is responsible for leading and managing the India Multi-Country Office (MCO) portfolio (Sir Lanka, Maldives, and Bhutan) 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 programs and projects for each country under the India MCO; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the strategic country programme planning and development:

  • Develop and implement strategic direction of the India Multi Country Office;
  • Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Note;
  • Identify planning and programme needs, opportunities and approaches to strengthen UN Women country presence and relevance;
  • Provide strategic advice and leadership to UN Women’s Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional and country direction;
  • Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming for the MCO; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;
  • Engage and collaborate with senior partners in the UN System.

Manage the India Multi-Country Office:

  • Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; finalize Annual Work Plans and budgets; and oversee their implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;
  • Oversee and approve programme work plans and the optimum and appropriate allocation and use of resources; monitor the overall progress and compliance of the MCO;
  • Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;
  • Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;
  • 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 MCO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.

Represent UN Women in UN inter-agency coordination:

  • Serve as a member of the UN Country Teams (UNCT) under the strategic guidance and coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC);
  • Support UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes, including the Common Country Assessments (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) and in an enhanced response to national partners;
  • Lead joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the UNCTs in supporting enhanced response to national partners in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, planning, cooperation, resource mobilization, advocacy, common services, and operations; Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights; report to the UN RCs on these issues as required
  • Ensure UN Women’s active participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development.

Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies:

  • Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;
  • Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies:

  • Lead the development of, and manage the implementation of, resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with governments, partners, stakeholders and donors (including private sector and non-traditional donors) to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;
  • Finalize donor reports, and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establish reporting accountability frameworks to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

Knowledge management, innovation and capacity building:

  • Manage the development and implementation on MCO communication and knowledge management plans, based on UN Women’s communications and knowledge management strategies;
  • Approve the implementation of innovation and good practices in the MCO;
  • 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.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality development and implementation of Strategic Notes and Annual Work Plans;
  • Timely and quality delivery of operational goals;
  • Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports, donor reports and audit responses;
  • Quality and level of engagement with UNCTs, including joint planning joint programming, joint resource mobilization, joint advocacy, working groups;
  • UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner by governments, donors and civil society;
  • Timely development and implementation of MCO resource mobilization strategy, with increased resources raised for UN Women’s work;
  • Performance of staff;
  • Security plans are in place and up to date;
  • Office produces quality knowledge products.


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.

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Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high-level decision makers;
  • Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Excellent knowledge of the UN system;
  • Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields is required;
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.


  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation, some of which is in gender and women’s issues programming, 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;
  • Experience in leading a team.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of other UN official working languages is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Hindi is an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from? 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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