Programme Coordinator on Women’s Economic Empowerment (Open to Moldova Nationals Only)

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Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline :19-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
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.

UN Women’s presence in the Republic of Moldova has evolved from being a project-based office in 2007 to a Country Office with full delegated authority as of 2015. Currently, UN Women Moldova Country Office is implementing its 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.  The SN 2018-2022 aims at advancing progress under the following three Impact Areas (IA): IA1: More women from diverse groups fully participate and lead in governance processes and institutions, 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. Under the impact on income security, decent work and economic autonomy, UN Women contributes to the realization of the Outcome:  Parliament and Government adopt and implement legislation, policies, and services that address unpaid domestic and care work and improve income security and decent work for women with two outputs: Output 1. Government have capacities to develop and implement laws, policies and services that positively impact women’s income and decent employment and recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work; 2. Women, including those from excluded groups, have skills and knowledge to access economic opportunities.

Contributing to the realization of these results, UN Women works to strengthen capacities of the Parliament and Government to develop, adopt and implement legal, regulatory and policy frameworks, as well as care service provision models that create decent work for women and that support the reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work and more equal sharing of care and domestic work between women and men. UN Women will also seek to improve women’s access to male dominated professions, notably in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and build their information and communication technology (ICT) skills, and promote women’s increased access to economic opportunities through supporting best practices of the private sector, Women economic empowerment principles (WEPs) and support to COVID 19 response

In addition, UN Women promotes Gender Responsive principles (GRB) implementation at local and national levels.

The Programme Coordinator on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE Programme Coordinator) will be responsible for the management of the WEE Portfolio of UN Women Country Office, which includes the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) activities at country level.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Programme Specialist, the Programme Coordinator contributes to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the CO by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  She/he guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.  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

Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Area, including GRB: 

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/project proposals and initiatives;
  • Identify areas for support and intervention related to the programme;
  • Keep abreast of the latest global, regional and national developments in the WEE area and provide substantive inputs to shape national strategies, policies, programmes and norms and standards in the area of women economic empowerment;
  • Assist the Country Office (CO) in identifying promising practice, technical expertise and strategic opportunities for WEE;
  • Promote innovative approaches in WEE area and provide support to national partners in applying innovative approaches in their work.

Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), including GRB

  • Coordinate the overall programme/project work plan and budget development and implementation according to Strategic Note/ programme document;
  • Lead the implementation of programme activities;
  • Lead the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Train partners on Results Based Management (RBM) and monitor implementation.

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

  • Coordinate and 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 Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), including GRB;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.

Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project:

  • Identify key performance indicators as well as develop and maintain a monitoring system to ensure effective information sharing, provision of feedback and elaboration of top quality progress reports
  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results based management tools;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.

Manage people and finances of the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), including GRB:

  • Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
  • Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners;
  • Supervise staff in the CO and in the projects. 

Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies in the area of responsibility:

  • 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.

Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), including GRB, to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Country Representative and Programme Specialist on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs;
  • Participate on behalf of UN Women in relevant inter-agency working groups and promote UN Women mandate.

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), including GRB;
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), including GRB.

 Key Performance Indicators

The key results have an impact on the overall UN Women Country Office efficiency and success in Strategic Note’ implementation, particularly on:

  • Timely and quality substantive inputs programme strategies and activities;
  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets;
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules;
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;
  • Relationship with partners and stakeholders;
  • Timely organization of events;
  • Quality of knowledge and advocacy products.

Accurate analysis and presentation of the information enhances UN Women’s position as a strong development partner. The provided information shall facilitate the decision making by the management.


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

Functional Competencies

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Promotes a supportive environment to enhance partnerships, leverages resources and builds support for UN Women strategic initiatives;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents;
  • Good knowledge of UN programme management systems.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in economics, finance, public administration, human rights, gender equality, management or other related areas;
  • 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


  • 6 years of relevant experience at national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programmes and projects with focus in the area of business development and economic empowerment.
  • Experience in the area of gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and gender responsive budgeting is a strong asset;
  • Minimum 3 years of collaborative work experience with national partners at policy/decision making and/or institutional and local level, including government and civil society organisations;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and experience;
  • Experience in the UN system, agencies and international organizations is an asset;
  • Computer literacy, ability to effectively use technology equipment, IT tools and means of communication, including excellent command of use of social media.

Language Requirements:

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

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