Programme Specialist, Gender and Humanitarian Action



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Location : Cox's Bazar, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :28-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :4d 10h 56m
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
12-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year extendable based on performance and budget availability


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.


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.

UN Women in Bangladesh is supporting the Government of Bangladesh with the Rohingya humanitarian crisis response. The Sub-office in Cox’s Bazar was established in January 2018 for UN Women’s Rohingya response activities in Cox’s Bazar district. UN Women has developed a response programme in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to meet the specific needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized Rohingya Refugee women and girls and the women and girls in the host communities affected by the refugee influx in Cox’s Bazar. The objective of UN Women’s engagement is to ensure protection, as well as equitable and safe access to and benefit from the humanitarian and development assistance to the most vulnerable, and marginalized Rohingya and host community women and girls. The programme also promotes women’s participation and leadership in the camps and host community, and women’s active role in maintaining peace and social cohesion. UN Women co-chairs the Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group under the Inter-Sector Coordination Group with UNHCR to promote gender-responsive humanitarian action across humanitarian agencies in Cox’s Bazar.

Reporting to the Head of Sub-Office, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women Bangladesh Country Office staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio. 


Duties and Responsibilities

1.  Design and develop programme strategies for the Rohingya refugee crisis response:

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to the Rohingya refugee crisis response.

2.  Manage the implementation and management of assigned portfolio of projects of the Rohingya refugee crisis response programme:

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

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

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Rohingya refugee crisis response  programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

4.  Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project:

  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.

5.  Manage the people and financial resources of the portfolio of projects assigned under the Rohingya refugee response programme:

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts and Associated and/or UN Volunteers, interns assigned; Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

6.  Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and 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.

7.  Contribute to inter-agency coordination on gender in humanitarian action to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners  in the Cox’s Bazar:

  • Provide technical support to the Head of Sub-Office 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.

8.  Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Rohingya refugee response;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Rohingya refugee response as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Rohingya refugee response.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security;
  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners;
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives.


Competencies

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 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:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong knowledge of Gender in Humanitarian Action and IASC humanitarian standards;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required;
  • 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.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender and development projects;
  • Technical experience in humanitarian response and humanitarian coordination;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

Languagues:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Bangla is an asset.

Application:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment. 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.

Note:

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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