UN Women: Director for Strategy, Planning, Resources and Development Effectiveness

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Application Deadline :24-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :D-2
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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.

The Division of Strategy, Planning, Resources and Development Effectiveness under the direct supervision of the Assistant Secretary General (ASG)/Deputy Executive Director Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships drives the areas of corporate strategy, planning, resource allocation and management, enterprise risk management and organizational performance management. Together, these elements determine the organisation’s development effectiveness in working towards achieving the goal of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) in line with the 2030 Agenda and the UN Women Strategic Plan. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Corporate Strategy and Planning:

  • Translate executive strategic intent and guidance into corporate strategic planning including leading the mid-term review and the development of the UN Women Strategic Plan in a way that serves client-facing operational staff. Ensure that division/unit planning reflect organizational strategic priorities.
  • Develop an inclusive planning process and lead the development of a strategy culture.
  • Based on the strategic plan, align, allocate and manage and oversee UN Women budget resources, to ensure strong links between resource allocation and strategic priorities.
  • Support executive level decisions through corporate business intelligence (including coordinating and consolidating analytical diagnosis from all divisions and offices in UN Women).                    
  • Facilitate the execution of the Strategic Plan, working collaboratively with the senior management ensuring that strategic priorities have a cohesive narrative that is communicated to and easily understood across the organization at all levels. Co-chair discussions on Strategic Notes in collaboration with the Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division and involving other relevant divisions.
  • Provide substantive guidance to divisions and offices on strategic analysis and planning, including for Strategic Notes and UN Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF).

Corporate Performance:

  • Work closely with relevant divisions and regional offices on enterprise risk management, performance, and corporate policies and procedures.
  • Manage the annual work planning process.
  • Oversee the review of annual workplan and budgets and medium-term plans.
  • Ensure that appropriate metrics are in place to measure performance are in place to measure performance against strategic goals.
  • Develop and disseminate a UN Women Corporate Scorecard that measures organizational effectiveness.
  • Coordinate with relevant divisions to collate economic analysis of emerging trends, including development perspectives.
  • Monitor and report on corporate budget implementation.

Resource allocation:

  • In line with corporate strategy, direct budget preparation and annual work plans, allocation and monitoring; coordinate and consult throughout the process.
  • Working closely with the Division for Management and Administration, and the Strategic Partnerships Division, advise on the most effective and efficient mechanisms for UN Women to support strategic choices on innovative financing instruments.

Governance mechanisms and change management:

  • Oversee the management of the Executive Board as well as other relevant governing and decision-making bodies of UN Women.
  • Partner with senior leaders and Change Management efforts to support the execution of key corporate initiatives.
  • Manage the team that serves as the secretariat for the Business Review Committee (BRC) for operational decision-making.
  • Manage a quarterly business review (QBR) process to improve adherence to strategic priorities and trouble shoot underperformance.
  • Oversee audit coordination and enterprise risk management processes. 
  • Oversee high-level reports, documents and presentations related to strategy planning and resource management incl. UN Women’s Annual Reports.
  • Oversee the portfolio review process and embed a portfolio review process across UN Women.

Manage and oversee the Strategy, Planning and Development Effectiveness Division:

  • Implement and oversee the work programme of the division, determining priorities and allocating resources.
  • Manage, empower and develop teams and supervise staff.
  • Perform any other duties as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Strategy, Planning and Resource Management developed on time, on scope, on budget.
  • High quality strategic advice provided to executive leadership.
  • Timely and quality corporate review, analysis and appraisal of UN Women corporate programme.
  • Quality high level corporate reports produced in a timely manner.
  • Performance of personnel in division; positive work environment.
  • Contributions to knowledge management.


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:

  • Ability to deliver against agreed results;
  • Ability to effectively lead a team and creating an enabling environment; excellent leadership skills; ability to lead and work effectively with a diverse team of people e of different national and cultural backgrounds in an international setting;
  • Ability to make informed and coherent decision aligned with broader goals and strategies;
  • Excellent knowledge of strategic planning methodologies and results-based management;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to create a clear and open communication environment;
  • Excellent partnership building skills;
  • Excellent knowledge management skills;
  • Client-oriented approach;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to communicate strategic vision;
  • Affinity with UN Women’s mandate on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, law, social or political sciences, economics or other related field;
  • A first level university degree in the above specializations, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.


  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in strategy development, policy development, experience in the financial sector, corporate planning or related area;
  • At least 10 years’ experience leading a strategy and planning team in the area of international development and/or political affairs;
  • Experience in priority-setting, forward planning, strategic analysis and enterprise risk management;
  • Experience in project or programme planning, including results-based management;
  • Experience in preparing strategic analytical reports and background papers;
  • Experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment desirable;
  • Experience leading team is a multi-cultural work environment;
  • Experience in the field in international development is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official language is an asset.


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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