Programme Specialist, Migration and Women’s Economic Empowerment (Thai national only)

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Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :21-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
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


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.

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) migration and women’s economic empowerment programme works to protect and promote the rights of women in the region’s economies and labour markets, including through safe migration, decent work and sustainable development for all women workers.

Migration is a fundamental component of women’s economic empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. When migration and workplaces are safe and free of discrimination, and when women have equality of access and opportunity in the labour market, migration provides an important pathway to gain skills, work experience and social empowerment. Women migrant workers are frequently segregated into feminized, low-skilled, and low waged employment. Further, women face gendered obstacles in accessing safe migration pathways, increasing the risk of trafficking, labour exploitation and abuse.

UN Women is partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to reduce poverty by increasing the access of women migrant workers to skills and protection. Poverty Reduction through Safe Migration, Skills Development and Enhanced Job Placement in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand (PROMISE) is a 4-year project implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  Its overall impact goal is that migrants, especially women, from CLM have improved opportunities and conditions, particularly in Thailand, through enhanced skills and protection, leading to poverty reduction in communities of origin. 

Under the project, UN Women will take a lead on mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment through advice and targeted activities, with a primary focus on affecting policy change related to skills development, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), entrepreneurship, and safe migration information; including through engagement with governments, private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs) and intergovernmental bodies. The project is led at the regional level with a focus on Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Reporting to the Regional Programme Coordinator – Migration, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under the PROMISE project; and contributes to the implementation and development of the women’s economic empowerment and migration portfolio.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women country offices and programme presences, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under the portfolio. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Manage the implementation and management of the PROMISE project

  • Finalize the PROMISE project workplan, budget and results-based management system, in close consultation with the Regional Programme Coordinator – Migration; UN Women country offices and programme presences; and IOM
  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the PROMISE project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the project is harmonized and aligned with other efforts in-country, and within ASEAN
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

2. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to PROMISE project partners

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance for the PROMISE project
  • Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of PROMISE project; anticipate and 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. Manage monitoring and reporting and financial resources for the PROMISE project and contribute to organizational monitoring and reporting

  • Manage the monitoring of project implementation and finances using results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.
  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Oversee recruitment and procurement processes, as necessary.

4. Manage strategic partnerships, advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to migration and women’s economic empowerment as necessary;
  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the women’s economic empowerment and migration;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on migration and women’s economic empowerment.

5.  Design and develop programme strategies in the area of migration and women’s economic empowerment

  • Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks, and prepare briefs and inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination, and development frameworks
  • Design and formulate programme/project proposals and initiatives, including with a view to project expansion, in consultation with the Programme Coordinator – Migration
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to migration and women’s economic empowerment, in consultation with the Programme Coordinator – Migration


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

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Strong knowledge of migration and/or women’s economic empowerment
  • Strong analytical 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 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

Work Experience:

  • 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;
  • Experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment; women’s economic empowerment; or economic issues is required;
  • Specific experience on entrepreneurship and/or skills development training is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required.


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

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.

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