UN Women: Programme Manager, Transformative approaches to recognize, reduce, and redistribute unpaid care work in women’s economic empowerment programming (3R Programme)

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Location : New York (USA), Nairobi (KENYA), Dakar (SENEGAL)*
Application Deadline :23-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days

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 duty station for the post will be determined at a later stage. 

The duration of the assignment is for 364 days. 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 partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women is implementing a new programme called the ‘Transformative approaches to recognize, reduce, and redistribute unpaid care work in women’s economic empowerment programming’ programme (‘3R Programme’) which will be implemented in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. The overarching goal of the programme is to remove the structural barriers to women’s full and equal participation in the economy by recognizing, reducing, and redistributing unpaid care work. The 3R Programme builds on UN Women’s expertise at the global, regional and country level as well as UN Women’s existing strong partnerships with women’s cooperatives and other women’s rights organizations, traditional leaders, communities, men and boys, and the private and public sectors to address unequal power relations, systemic discrimination and harmful norms and practices that underpin inequities in care work. In particular, the 3R programme will complement existing UN Women programmes on climate-resilient agriculture and rural women’s economic empowerment in the three countries, by developing a care component which aims to recognize, reduce and redistribute women’s unpaid care and domestic workloads and overall time poverty.

Reporting to the Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development at UN Women HQ in New York, the Programme Manager exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing the 3R Programme, including the financial management of the overall programme.  The Programme Manager provides overall guidance to the National Coordinators in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa, and works in close collaboration with colleagues in Economic Empowerment as well as key partners and stakeholders. The Programme Manager is responsible for coordinating the knowledge management and communication efforts coming out of the programme, as well as results-based monitoring and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the technical implementation of the 3R programme: 

  • Finalize the 3R programme workplan and budget during the inception phase;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme and ensure synergies among the National Coordinators in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa;
  • Manage the submission of financial and narrative reports;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the 3R Programme: 

  • Manage the monitoring of programme implementation and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions, as needed;
  • Write reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports, as needed.

Oversee the National Coordinators and manage the financial resources of the 3R Programme:

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Oversee the work of the National Coordinators; Mentor and coach personnel and support performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies: 

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies as needed;
  • 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.

Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the programme;  
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to the 3R Programme, specifically around unpaid care, as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies at the global level and oversee their implementation;
  • Work with the National Coordinators to identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies related to the 3R Programme;
  • Coordinate programme communication and visibility strategies including through overseeing social and multi-media communications.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs.
  • Timely and quality 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.
  • Quality of knowledge management and products.
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives.


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 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:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize programme performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and the issues around unpaid care work;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to develop knowledge management and communications strategies.

Required Skills and Experience


  • 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.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical experience on unpaid care work, an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience developing knowledge management and communications strategies is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.


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