UN Women: Programme Technical Coherence Specialist - Spotlight

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Location : Port-au-Prince, HAITI
Application Deadline :28-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


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.

In September 2017, the EU and the UN launched an ambitious joint partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. It is therefore part of strengthening the global partnership for development, through, on the one hand, the search for effective multi-actor partnerships (national government, local government, civil society, private sector, among others) to combat the scourge of Violence against Women and Girls and, on the other hand, through efforts to mobilize resources to enable the Spotlight experience to be multiplied in other departments during a second phase of the programme. The Initiative aims to end all forms of violence against women and girls, targeting those that are most prevalent and contribute to gender inequality in the world. It will make large-scale targeted investments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean to improve the lives of women and girls.

Haiti is one of the Caribbean countries to benefit from this transformative initiative. Indeed, the Country Spotlight Haiti program aims to protect women and girls from domestic violence such as rape, incest, sexual and moral harassment, deprivation and restrictions of freedoms, caning, wounds, etc. It also aims to ensure holistic care for women and girls who are survivors of violence. It places particular emphasis on the specific needs of groups exposed to multiple forms of discrimination.

Haiti is declared eligible for funding for the Spotlight Initiative (IS) because it is characterized by a high level of gender-based violence.  Regarding physical violence, 29% of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Among non-single women, 45% of the time this violence was perpetrated by the current husband/partner.   In terms of sexual violence, 12% of women (1/8 women) have been victims of sexual violence. Domestic violence (emotional, physical or sexual) experienced by women aged 15 to 49 in a union or a break-up is common in Haiti. It has been on an upward trend for 14 years. After being stable at around 30% in 2005-06 and 2012, it rose to 34% in 2016-17.

This situation of violence against women limits their development potential, and at the same time erodes the important efforts made by the government and partners to help achieve the country's development vision. Indeed, through its holistic and integrated approach, the Spotlight initiative is perfectly in line with the multi-sector dimension of the 2030 sustainable agenda, which also advocates a balance between social, economic and economic objectives Environmental. In addition, the elimination of violence against women and girls is one of the fundamental levers for women's full participation in national efforts to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Thus, the programme is seen as an opportunity for UN and EU agencies to support the Haitian state's efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030. The Haiti Country Programme will pay particular attention to the 09 SDGs and 36 targets prioritized by the Haitian government.

Therefore, the overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Haiti is that women and girls realize their full potential in a country stripped of the social, legal, institutional and political determinants that secrete structural violence.  It aims to significantly reduce domestic violence, and its inhibitory effects on the personal development of women, girls, so as to create the conditions and environment conducive to the prosperity of families, and the realization of Sustainable Development Goals in Haiti. In order to achieve significant change, the country programme is based on 06 pillars that are underpinned by a theory of change whose consistency has been verified:

Pillar 1: Improving the legislative and political environment to comply with international conventions, including the removal of discriminatory provisions, the implementation of existing laws and the adoption of new laws, policies and strategies for protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls, particularly the elimination of violence against women and girls (VFFF) and domestic violence;

Pillar 2: Building the capacity of national and local law enforcement and strategic planning institutions to better integrate the elimination of VFFF into national, sectoral and local strategies and budgets;

Pillar 3: Promoting the protective social norms and values of women and girls from violence, especially at the community level and within families;

Pillar 4: Availability and access to quality services for holistic and equitable care of survivors, with a particular focus on the specific needs of groups exposed to forms of discrimination cross-referenced, i.e. multiple and interrelated discrimination;

Pillar 5: The availability of up-to-date quantitative and qualitative statistical data in the development of legislation and the implementation of policies, strategies and programs to enable better reading and appreciation the magnitude and severity of the phenomenon;

Pillar 6: Structuring the women's movement to increase its ability to influence policy and social change.

UN Women Haiti is among of the four UN agencies implementing the Spotlight Program in Haiti and is also in charge with the technical coherence of the program.  The current post – Technical Coherence Specialist  aims to support the  role of the technical lead implemented by UN Women component in the Haiti Spotlight program. The incumber is expected to work in close coordination with the Program Coordination and Monitoring Manager and  implementing agencies ( UNDP, UNFPA, and UN Women) .

Under the direct supervision of UN Women Country Representative, in close coordination with the Programme Coordination and Monitoring Manager, exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing Programme Spotlight. She/he ensures that all pieces of the Spotlight programme are of high-quality, aligned to the Theory of Change and country results framework, and adhere to known best practice, and support innovation. This includes providing strategic thinking to specific pillar elements, as well as ensuring that actions under each of the six pillars are aligned with and complement actions across other pillars. She/he works in close collaboration with the focal points in the RUNOs, RCO staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful Spotlight programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Design and develop programme strategies in the area of GBV:

  • Design and formulate programme / project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to GBV.

Manage the implementation and management of the Spotlight programme:

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Contribute in Organizing Programme Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance;
  • Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Spotlight 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.

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project:

  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ 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.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop 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.

Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the GBV / Domestic Violence;
  • 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 GBV / Domestic Violence.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security;
  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners;
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives.


Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

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 Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

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 GBV;
  • 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.


  • At least five years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • At least five years of technical experience in gender issues , focus on gender based violence is preferred;
  • 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;
  • Experience in Coordinating Spotlight Program is a strong Asset.


  • Fluency in English and French is required.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. 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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