Programme Officer, Women in Leadership and Governance (L&G), including Women in Peace and Security

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Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline :24-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year
Expected Duration of Assignment :One year, renewable

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.

In 2018,  UN Women Moldova Country Office started to implement its new Strategic Note (SN) for 2018-2022, which is aligned with the Republic of Moldova–United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022 and the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women. Under its current SN, UN Women cooperates closely with the government, civil society, academia, private sector and the media to advance social, economic and political rights and opportunities for women and girls, placing special focus on those from marginalized, excluded and under-represented groups. These include rural women, Romani women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, young women, elderly women and others. UN Women’s operation in Moldova focuses on bringing about concrete change in the lives of women and the society towards the long-term impact of achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country. Specifically, the SN 2018-2022 advances progress under the following three Impact Areas (IA): IA1: More women fully participate and lead in gender responsive governance processes and institutions, including in the security sector, IA2: Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, IA3: Public authorities, institutions and communities prevent violence against women and girls and deliver quality essential services. Towards these Impact Areas, UN Women works with variety of national and international partners to challenge gender-based stereotypes and towards the creation of an environment, whereby women act as key agents of change towards greater equality and development, in partnership with men and boys.

Under the Impact area on advancing women’s leadership and participation, UN Women contributes to the realization of the Outcome: More women fully participate and lead in gender responsive governance processes and institutions which is planned to be implemented via three inter-connected outputs: Output 1. National institutions have capacities to analyze and improve legislation, policies and budgets to fulfill gender equality commitments; Output 2. A new generation of women from diverse groups have skills, knowledge and support networks for civic and political activism and Output 3. Elected and appointed women have skills and knowledge to promote gender sensitive governance, in alliance with men. This work builds and expands on the achievements and lessons learnt of the joint programme “Enhancing Women’s Political Representation through improved capacity and enhanced support in Moldova” (Women in Politics Programme), implemented by UN Women and UNDP in partnership with the East Europe Foundation (EEF) and the Centre for Partnership Development (CPD) in the period 2014-2017. Under this Impact Area, UN Women Moldova also takes forward and upscales the programmatic work on advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the Republic Moldova, initiated in 2015.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to Programme Analyst on Women in Leadership and Governance (L&G) – Impact Area 1, the Programme Officer provides programme support to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the Country Office in the area of women in leadership, including women in peace and security, by contributing in the programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  S/he supports the delivery of UN Women programmes by analyzing results achieved during implementation and supporting appropriate application of systems and procedures.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

       1. Programme Implementation and Technical Support

  • Ensure timely and adequate implementation of activities according to UN Women Strategic Note, leading to the achievement of expected results; 
  • Design, oversee, and coordinate the implementation of relevant project activities with responsible partners and UN Women team;
  • Support the Programme Analyst in effectively managing human resources pertaining to the Impact Area 1, including both staff, consultants and short-term experts; conduct periodic performance appraisals; build, lead and motivate a solid team of professionals;
  • Support programme to manage efficiently the financial resources of the Impact Area 1, including budgeting and budget revisions, as well as expenditure tracking and reporting;
  • Continuously record and maintain relevant Impact Area 1 activities, issues, risks, etc.;
  • Lead and coordinate the organization of meetings, workshops, conferences, trainings, study tours and related activities relevant to the implementation of the Impact Area 1;
  • Ensure proper identification of and follow up with relevant stakeholders, institutions, civil society organizations and groups, consultants and other partners who will be involved in the implementation of activities under the relevant result areas; provide technical support and guidance to implementing partners and key stakeholders on specific issues related to the scope;
  • Coordinate the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women in Leadership programme; 

       2. Capacity development support to programme staff and partners

  • Undertake relevant desk review of the country policy and legal frameworks on gender equality, programme documents, studies and the other materials; review the international and Moldovan good practices on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed;
  • Train partners on Results Based Management;
  • Understand the local context in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Provide capacity development on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment to UN Women staff and key partners through face to face gender trainings and learning sessions;
  • Provide UN Women staff with gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment tools and updates on current gender equality trends in Moldova;
  • Ensure high quality information and visibility of the UN Women’s activities to the mass media and stakeholders and support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local and national levels.
  • Facilitate collection and analysis of sex-desegregated data through programme implementation;
  • Prepare terms of reference for consultants and services, responsible party agreements with local stakeholders and institutions and/or civil society organizations; prepare relevant package of documents for submission to Programme Appraisal Committees (L/R/HQ-PAC);
  • Manage project files and support information collection and dissemination; ensure proper project documentation (filing) & communication, and tracking system for effective project closure.

       3. Building strategic partnership

  • Maintain a continuous effective dialogue with the key stakeholders, partner organizations, international and national advisors and experts in the areas of the Impact Area 1 intervention in view of identifying synergies and avoiding overlapping of assistance.
  • Maintain a close collaboration with other related programmes;
  • Ensure coordination with relevant working groups and information sharing.

       4. Advocacy, knowledge building and communication:

  • Provide substantial contribution to mainstreaming gender into the programme’s communications and visibility plan and its implementation phase;
  • Provide proactive and substantive technical support to the organization of awareness raising and advocacy events, trainings, workshops and drafting knowledge products;
  • Based on the analysis of the lessons learned, evaluations, best practices provide analytical support to the programme management in applying the knowledge for planning;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice on gender equality;
  • Provide inputs to the development of knowledge management products related to gender equality and women’s rights in the programme areas;
  • Provide inputs to relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Provide technical inputs to background documents, briefs and presentations related to Women in Leadership;
  • Coordinate and support the organization of advocacy activities and campaigns events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Provide inputs to the development of knowledge management products on Women in Leadership;
  • Perform any other duties connected directly with the implementation of the UN Women Strategic Note as required.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality inputs to programme design
  • Timely and quality inputs to workplans and budgets
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances
  • Timely organization of events
  • Number of knowledge products developed


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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Focuses on tasks/activities which have a strategic impact on programme and capacity development activities;
  • Promotes a supportive environment to enhance partnerships, leverages resources and build support for UN Women strategic initiatives;
  • Collaborates with regional, national and local partners to create and apply knowledge and concepts that will help partners achieve UN Women development objectives within the country and regional context;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Understands more advanced aspects of promoting women in leadership as the fundamental concepts related to gender equality;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit;

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of Programme, managing data, reporting.
  • Ability to provide input to business processes, re-engineering, implementation of new system, including new IT based systems.
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Ability to engage with various partners and stakeholders at different levels, to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government and represent UN Women in national and regional fora.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability  to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents.
  • Proven performance in organizing and coordinating major initiatives, events or challenging inter-organizational activities;
  • Adapts flexibly to changing situations, overcomes obstacles and recovers quickly from set-backs.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Ability to achieve results and meet strict deadlines in an effective manner, maintaining a high-quality standard throughout.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team and to foster team spirit and synergy.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s Degree in public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management or other related areas. Additional training and certification in programme management is a strong advantage;
  • University degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master`s Degree


  • 5 years of progressive working experience in the design, management and implementation of programmes.
  • At least three years of experience in implementing and/or supporting implementation of various programmes, projects, initiatives and activities aimed at advancing gender equality and women’s rights.
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, governmental institutions, NGO or private sector / consulting firm is a strong advantage.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Russian, Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an asset.

The United Nations in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply

Application Process

This is a local position; therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova are eligible to apply. Applications should be submitted on line and include fully completed UN Women Personal History Form as attachment instead of CV/resume.

Failure to disclose prior employment or making false representations on this form will be grounds for withdrawal of further consideration of his/her application or termination, where the appointment or contract has been issued.


The system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting document e.g. P11, CV and Cover letter must be scanned as one attachment.  Only qualified, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for test and interview.

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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