HeForShe Masculinities Programme Consultant

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Location : New York (initially remote an option), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :25-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months

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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.  

Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women’s movement as equal partners. 

Under direction from the Global Head of HeForShe, the Masculinities Programme Consultant will be responsible for coordinating the development of the HeForShe movement’s initial report on masculinities and male engagement across 4 of UN Women’ regional offices. The programme consultant will work to embed HeForShe programmatically across the organisation enabling UN Women to become a global convener of male engagement for gender equality. The Programme Consultant?will coordinate and document progress across the globe and consolidate findings to produce a groundbreaking report to be launched by October 2021 on the progress of engaging men for gender equality. The Consultant will also provide support on initiatives including the ‘HeForShe Alliance’, and provide ad hoc programmatic support to the broader HeForShe team. This is an ideal position for a hardworking, attentive, and outgoing individual looking to work in a collaborative and collegiate workplace learning from, with, among smart, interesting, and fun professionals. 

This consultancy is based in New York, however option to be remote initially will be considered given current COVID travel restrictions.  

Duties and Responsibilities


      1. Manage the Masculinities Programme Progress Report  

  • Coordinate and document activities globally that relate to male engagement in UN Women’s programmatic work 

  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with relevant regional offices; 

  • Produce final progress report highlighting impact of male engagement on gender equality by October 2021 to be distributed globally  


      2. Manage coordination with national partners and other stakeholders  

  • Coordinate relationships with national partners and country offices to support implementation and expansion of the masculinities work under guidance from the Programme Manager; 

  • Provide regular updates to HeForShe Manager on status of reporting and identify any potential issues  

  • Act as focal point for regional offices for all matters relating to masculinities and male engagement programmatic work  


      3.Operations Management  

  • Recognizing the nature of this short-term project with multiple stakeholders, provide support in ensuring budget and financial management is delivered in line with UN Women policies and procedures and in close consultation with the Head of HeForShe 


Desk Review and Analysis (Month 1) 

  • Conduct a desk review of all existing areas of analysis (IMAGES report in MENA) corporate standards, discussions papers (Work with Men and Bous for Gender Equality: A Review of field information, the evidence base and  future directions), and policies on male engagement and masculinities 

  • Liaise with regional focal points to gather programme documentation, practices, budgets, standard timelines and other operating procedures 

Project Management (Month 2-4) 

  • Coordinate and facilitate discussions between regional focal points identified by Regional Directors to inform a new guidance document for male engagement and masculinities  

  • Work with communications colleagues to collate the human stories that further demonstrate the impact of the work  

  • Participate in and report back to working groups developing the new Strategic Plan to bring cross-department cohesion and field-driven  

  • Establish a governance group with representatives from PPID, CSD, SPD and Regional Directors to ensure ongoing buy-in and strategic alignment   

Stakeholder Management (Month 5-6)  

  • Work with Head of HeForShe to develop template concept notes and programme plans that facilitate donor engagement for resource mobilization  

  • Socialize the programme documents, related strategic plan and integrated indicators to country and regional offices to support them in building in-country masculinities programming  

  • Publish report on the Progress of Engaging Men for Gender Equality to be launched by October 2021   


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 

Required Skills and Experience


Required Qualifications, Experience and skills: 

  • Master’s Degree in International Politics, International Relations, Communication, Arts, Gender or other related field is required.  

  • Minimum 5 years of experience across project management, international development, and/or gender is required 

  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects;     

  • Previous experience working in the UN system is an asset  


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.  

  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.  

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