Programme Analyst



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Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :12-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Sep-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :One year

Background

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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts and builds effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women Egypt Strategic Plan (2018-2022) focuses on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the 2014 Egyptian Constitution and relevant international norms and standards. Egypt’s 2018-2022 UN Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF) considers that ‘dealing with issues of women’s social and economic empowerment must be at the forefront of the UN’s support in the economic and social arenas. The Egyptian National Women’s Strategy (NWS) 2030 focuses on four pillars: (a) women’s leadership and political participation; (b) women’s economic empowerment; (c) women’s social empowerment; and (d) protection of women. ‘Changing prevailing cultural norms’ and ‘legislative change’ are included as cross-cutting enablers.

Financial inclusion has been identified as a valuable tool in fostering women’s economic empowerment, increasing their capacity to face risk and unexpected expenses, and participate in the sustainable economic growth. Financial inclusion relates to people (especially low income), households’ and MSMEs’ access to a full range of useful and affordable quality financial products and services that meet their needs – such as accounts, savings, payments and transfers, credit, and insurance and others - in a responsible and sustainable manner, within a legal and regulatory environment conducive to their development, by a range of formal service providers.

Financial inclusion is specifically important for women and girls in the sense that it can increase their empowerment and improve gender equality in a number of ways. Firstly, by having access to resources and tools, women’s bargaining power within households will increase and in turn upsurge their influence and ability of decision making. Secondly, financial inclusion can support women sustain their own income, control assets outside the household and have a contribution to productive activities. Thirdly, financial inclusion can reduce women’s vulnerability and dependency on male family members by having access to financial opportunities to smooth consumption or meet unexpected expenses. Furthermore, women who are financially excluded lack access to basic financial services, which in turn has an impact on their access to household expenditures (for food, health, education, etc.) and expenditures for business. 

The current environment in Egypt holds huge potential for women’s financial inclusion. Egypt’s National Women’s Empowerment Strategy 2030 and its accompanying pillar on Women’s Economic Empowerment list women’s access to economic resources through increased access to financial services as an important objective. The CBE co-hosted the 9th Global Policy Forum of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), held in September 2017. In his opening speech President H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi emphasised the high-level political commitment for financial inclusion in the country, especially for women.  Financial inclusion has moved to the top of the development policy agenda and gained a great deal of traction. In September 2017, the Central Bank of Egypt and the National Council for Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to foster women’s financial inclusion in Egypt, with   SGs expansion as one of the key objectives of the MOU. These developments pave the pave the way for programs to create financial inclusion of all in Egypt, especially the rural women.

Although Egypt has made a huge leap in financial inclusion, most Egyptian women, especially rural women, do not use formal financial services and the majority of adults in the poorest communities do not deal with banks. Overall, Egypt has made massive stride to almost double the number of people with accounts in formal institutions, but the overall penetration is still relatively low (32.8%). Rural accounts outreach is lower (29% against 33% nationally). While the rate of formal account penetration among women has more than tripled between 2011 and 2017 (from 7% to 27%), it is still less than the rate among men (39% in 2017), and the gender gap has kept increasing (from 6 percentage points in 2011 to 12 in 2017).

Women who are financially excluded lack access to basic financial services, which in turn has an impact on their access to household expenditures (for food, health, education, etc.) and expenditures for business.  Many therefore, depend on informal sources of finance, generally at unfairly high interest rates. It is in this context that financial inclusion initiatives aimed at women and managed by women assume greater importance.

To technically contribute and support the implementation of the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion Programme, UN Women is recruiting a National Programme Analyst. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the National Programme Coordinator overseeing the implementation of the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt Programme, and under the overall supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Programme Analyst contributes to the effective management of UN Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt Programme. Contributing to the programme design and implementation, the Programme Analyst contributes to and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develop enhancements if necessary. The Programme Analyst 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.

The Programme Analyst will in particular support work in the area of Women’s productive clusters and entrepreneurship. 

1. Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Identify areas for support and intervention related to the programme.

2. Contribute to substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt programme

  • Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget.
  • Contribute to the implementation of programme activities;
  • Contribute to the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Train partners on Results Based Management and monitor implementation.

3. Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities; develop technical knowledge products
  • Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the programme;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.

4. Contribute and provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Contribute to the monitoring of the programme’s overall implementation, including implementation of activities and use of finances using results-based management toolss;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.

5. Contribute substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the programme

  • Contribute to the monitoring of budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/revisions, as necessary:;
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;

6. Contibute substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.

7. Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to [thematic area];
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on women financial inclusion in Egypt.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality inputs to programme development
  • Timely and quality implementation of Programme/Portfolio/ activities against set workplans, timelines, and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality technical assistance
  • Quality and timely inputs to reporting
  • Strong relations with partners and stakeholders
  • Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated.


Competencies

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: 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:

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of women economic empowerment and financial inclusion
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building of development projects;
  • Technical experience in women’s economic empowerment in general and in women’s productive clusters and entrepreneurship more specifically.
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in using computers and software packages (word, excel, power point)

Language Requirenments:

  • Fluency (written and spoken) in English and Arabic required. 


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