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Project Manager for UN Joint Programme “EU for Gender Equality in Albania
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||1d 8h 33m|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year (with possibility of extension)|
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.
“EU for Gender Equality in Albania: Implementation of the EU Gender Equality acquis” is a UN Joint Programme developed jointly by UN Women and UNFPA and funded by the EU Delegation in Albania. This 2-year intervention reflects the EU commitment on gender equality as a principle underpinning its external relations within the framework of Albania’s accession to the EU and with a focus on the negotiation process. With the overall aim of enhancing transposition of the EU Gender Equality acquis and achieving gender equality outcomes in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG 5), it will focus on strengthening gender and socially-responsive governance outcomes at central and local levels, in line with international human rights norms and standards such as CEDAW, the Istanbul Convention, and the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review. The action emanates from the implementation of the UN Women Gender Equality Facility Phase I (2016-18), and intends to complement ongoing programmes on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including the EUD-funded Gender TA project.
Specific emphasis is placed on supporting the Government of Albania in responding to the significant and gender-specific socio-economic challenges which result from the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, the action adheres to the principles of international guidance on gender-responsive recovery, and the EC’s 10 key actions for G7 Member States to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in COVID-19-induced crisis response and recovery. It is in line with the EU’s “Declaration on human rights in times of the coronavirus pandemic”, clearly highlighting women’s and girls’ rights, and the joint recommendations of women’s rights organisations operating in the Western Balkans.
The UNJP has two generic objectives. At central level, it will provide expert support for the integration of gender perspectives into sector dialogue, policy revisions, recovery programmes, and ongoing reforms. At local government unit/service provision level, it will strengthen capacities to translate national gender equality goals to the local level by specifically supporting measures that increase resilience. Among a range of concerning effects, the COVID-19-induced crisis has amplified women’s precarious status on the labour market, women’s and girls’ exposure to violence, and made visible the challenges to reaching out and providing essential services to populations in rural areas. Therefore, complementing ongoing UN-supported programmes on preventing violence against women and girls, the proposed action will specifically focus on women’s economic resilience, and the empowerment and social inclusion of adolescent girls in underserved, rural areas, also involving adolescent boys as partners in supporting gender equality. The intervention will be implemented under the UN Albania SDG Acceleration Fund jointly by UN Women and UNFPA.
The programme objectives will be achieved by increasing long term capacities of operating structures and public institutions to mainstream gender at all levels and across sectors, with particular focus on strengthening equal opportunities for women and men, girls and boys, notably for those facing the greatest risk of being marginalised, excluded, and left behind. In the medium to longer-term, and in line with EU Gender Action Plan III, the Action aims to secure implementation/application of gender equality legislation, policies and standards through policy dialogue, technical expertise and guidance, development and sharing of good practice, and strategic partnerships and cooperation.
The main stakeholders and partners of the proposed UNJP are: the Ministry of Health and Social Protection/Equal Opportunities Department; the National Gender Mechanism (Gender Equality Officers at central and municipal level, the National Council for Gender Equality, and the Parliamentary sub-commission of Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence Against Women); the Prime Minister’s Office/Department for Development and Good Governance; sectoral governance structures of the Integrated Sector-Wide Approach mechanism, their respective Secretariat and Thematic Working Groups in regard to strategic and programme coordination; line ministries (Technical Working Groups and Gender Equality Officers); the Ministry of Interior/Local Self-Government Support Agency; Local Government Units (including the Gender Equality Officer function, Child Protection Unit, staff in charge of youth issues, and the Referral Mechanism for Domestic Violence) and Administrative Units; Youth Councils, platforms, and initiatives; civil society and women’s rights organisations and media. Other entities such as the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Finance and Economy/ Public Finance Reform Management Directorate will be partners in specific components of the UNJP. In a broader sense, stakeholders include also the EU Delegation, the Ministry of Agriculture, bilateral donors, international funding institutions, and particularly DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations.
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women National Programme Officer, the Project Manager is responsible for managing the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UN Women/UNFPA Joint Programme including providing technical support to the implementation of the UN Women/UNFPA JP, managing the monitoring and reporting for the JP, overseeing and guiding staff and budget management, building partnerships and providing support in developing resource mobilization strategies, and managing knowledge building efforts.
 “Technical Assistance to Gender Equality Agenda in Albania in the process of accession to EU” EuropeAid/138778/DH/SER/Multi SIEA 2018.
 UN Women. Rapid Gender Assessment of the situation and needs of women in the context of COVID-19 in Albania.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UN Women CO Albania Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist/Head of Programme Unit, the Project Manager will perform the below key functions in close coordination with UNFPA and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO).
1. Manage the day-to-day implementation of the UN Joint Programme (UNJP)
2. Manage the human and financial resources of the UN Joint Programme
3. Manage the results-based monitoring and reporting of the UNJP for both UN Women and UNFPA
4. Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts for the UNJP
5. Build partnerships at the county and regional level and contribute to inter-agency coordination on Gender Equality
Any other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.
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
Required Skills and Experience
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Albanian is required.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via the Jobs website: http://www.al.undp.org/content/albania/en/home/operations/jobs.html Applications should contain:
Please make sure you have provided all requested documents.
How to Submit the Application:
To submit your application online, please follow the following steps:
As this position is under Service Contract modality, only citizens of Albania and those holding valid working permit in Albania will be considered for the vacancy.
UN Women 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.