UN Women: Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action

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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :13-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

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.


NOTE: The duration of the assignment is for 6 months. Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment, subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.

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 equal partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action as well as peace and security.

UN Women seeks to complement and enhance the capacity of other UN entities to serve their respective mandates to deliver on gender equality and on women’s empowerment. To respond to the changing humanitarian situation, the UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) is working actively to prevent violence against women and girls through on-going focus on participation, protection, as well as recover and relief efforts. Within the new humanitarian context, additional emphasis is being placed on the gendered impacts of conflict in the northernmost regions of the country.

Reporting to the Representative and working very closely with the Deputy Representative, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Specialist will exercise overall responsibility for planning and implementing UN Women interventions under their portfolio, offering cross-cutting support to the Women in Governance and Leadership (WILG) Unit, the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Unit, and the Humanitarian Unit. Moreover, the WPS Specialist will work closely with the operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, donors, and civil society to ensure successful programme implementation under their portfolio.   

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide programme management  and technical advice on Women Peace and Security (WPS) to Country Office and Senior Management:

  • Identify programmatic areas for support and interventions to advance the WPS agenda;
  • Finalise country strategy documents, programme/project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women, Peace and Security;
  • Develop the office’s strategy for the prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV), including conflict-related sexual violence, along the Humanitarian-Peace-Development nexus drawing from the relevant global strategy
  • Provide technical input to the annual workplan and budget
  • Manage the implementation of the annual workplan on WPS ;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the Senior Management within the portfolio;
  • Provide technical advice to and ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Provide guidance on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators.

Manage WPS programme design, implementation, monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Oversee and manage the design and formulation of WPS programme proposals and initiatives;
  • Manage the process of monitoring the programme/ project implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Finalise quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Write office donor and UN Women reports.
  • Organise periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary.
  • Review the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports as required.

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

  • Provide technical advice to partners;
  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners, particularly women’s organizations, to support implementation and expansion of the programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Serve as an expert resource to partners on Women, Peace and Security;
  • Implement, oversee and facilitate capacity building opportunities and initiatives;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies with strong focus on localization;
  • Finalise documentation on donors and develop opportunities for resource mobilisation;
  • Analyse and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, as well as identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for the Women, Peace and Security in Ethiopia:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings and events, as well as by participating in inter-agency groups and committees;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • Take part in joint interagency assessments/processes and similar exercises;
  • Contribute to inter-agency policy developments and assessments;
  • Prepare substantive inputs and other documents, as necessary.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to WPS;
  • Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation;
  • Travel to the regions to support WPS activities and coordination, as needed;
  • Identify best practices to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on Women, Peace and Security.



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.

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

  • Solid programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Solid knowledge in Women, Peace and Security;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Strong networking skills and experience with inter-agency coordination;
  • Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyse trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, peace studies, 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 (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience at international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Proven experience in gender-based violence in emergency (GBViE) programming, including conflict-related sexual violence;
  • Proven experience in leading and conducting capacity building activities;
  • Technical experience in Women, Peace and Security;
  • Experience working with the Security Sector is an asset;
  • Experience working in the field of Peace and Security in Africa is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System in humanitarian emergencies is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Amharic and/or Tigrinya would be an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. 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.


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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