Programme Specialist –Strengthening national institutions

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline :31-Jul-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
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 :one year
Expected Duration of Assignment :one year

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.


Under the overall guidance and leadership of the Country Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Programme Specialist, Strengthening National Institutions is responsible for the formulation, management and implementation of programmes under his/her portfolio. She/he provides technical expertise on capacity development of national institutions including the national gender machinery, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission, institutions in the justice law and order sectors, civil society and government departments for gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic approach. The Programme Specialist analyses political, social and economic trends, provides policy advisory services to partners in government, UN, development partners, CSOs and academia; she/he works closely with UN Women thematic advisors at regional office and at headquarters, ensuring successful implementation of the UN Women Zimbabwe Strategic Framework 2016 -2020, under his/her portfolio. The Programme Specialist provides regular analysis of policies and practices to senior management and compiles lessons learned for formulation of strategic interventions, including support on resource mobilization.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide advisory and programme development services to the strengthening national institutions Portfolio:

  • Draft country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to strengthening national institutions for gender equality in Zimbabwe;
  • Draft the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Translate the priorities in the Country Office Strategic Note on institutional capacity development of national partners including government, CSOs and independent institutions into programme interventions;
  • Participate in midlevel and technical level meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to supporting and strengthening institutions to effectively deliver on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Identify areas for support and interventions within the portfolio within the UN system and with external partners of Government, private sector and civil society;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management, as necessary.

Oversee the implementation and management of the programme on strengthening national institutions:

  • Develop annual work plans and budgets and oversee implementation of planned interventions;
  • Draft results based reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; as well as donor and UN Women corporate reports;
  • Ensure adherence to standard UN Women procedures in planning and implementation of programmes/ projects;
  • Ensure synergies within and with other programme/ project teams in the country office;
  • Oversee the technical implementation and conceptualization of the programme/project;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner/responsible partners’ financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on RBM tools and performance indicators on national capacity development for gender equality.

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

  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the portifolio; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity development needs of stakeholders;
  • Provide partners with technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives;
  • Support collaborations on enhancing civil society organisations’ implementation of relevant programmes.

Oversee monitoring and reporting:

  • Oversee the monitoring of implementation of activities and utilisation of finances using the results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and write reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports.

Manage people and financial resources of the portfolio:

  • Responsible for overall programme budget management;
  • Draft and produce financial reports as required;
  • Supervise team members as required;
  • Write terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary.
  • Supervise consultants and contractors for quality delivery of products.

Contribute to inter-agency coordination:

  • Provide technical support on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • Participate in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar exercises related to the Resident Coordinator system;
  • Prepare inputs for UNDAF and other documents;
  • Write analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Draft relevant project documents and proposals for submission to donors and identify 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;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop advocacy strategies on national institution capacity development and oversee their implementation;
  • Develop and expand knowledge management strategies, products on strengthening national institutions to deliver on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination.

Perform any other job related duties assigned by supervisor and the Country Representative.


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:

  • Ability to lead the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of RBM;
  • Knowledge of Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in economics, law, policy administration, development studies, development policy, gender studies, social studies, human rights or related fields.


  • 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in programmes to advance gender equality including working with national institutions, with responsibility for the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Strong knowledge of international, regional and national instruments, resolutions, policies and conventions that protect women’s human rights, including Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Strong links with national networks, actors and partners in government, civil society, traditional leaders, parliament, media, academia, private sector, including experience in strengthening capacities of national and local partners;
  • Demonstrated skills in resource mobilization and familiarity with donor priorities in Zimbabwe.
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Management experience is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Working knowledge in any of the official UN languages is an asset.

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