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’s thematic engagement in Somalia is based on the global flagship on ‘Women’s Engagement in Peace, Security and Recovery, political participation and leadership’. Insecurity and fragility are further the main obstacles for women to seek equality and to prosper. UN Women’s programming and technical guidance aims to support women to become actors in the provision of security and resources for peace. Programme interventions are conducted through programmes on Women, Peace and Security, Rule of Law and Women’s Political Leadership and Empowerment. The United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework 2021-2025 is the UN’s strategic programme framework that defines the UN’s support to national development results. UN Women in Somalia co-chairs the Gender Theme Group (GTG), the Gender, Human Rights and Inclusion Results Group, which are the UNCT coordination mechanisms responsible for the coordination of and policy advice on gender equality issues in the UNSCF. UN Women is also a principal partner in several outcome results groups in the UNSCF and as well as a partner to several UN joint programmes. 

The United Nations in Somalia adopted a UN Somalia Gender Strategy, which ended in December 2020 thereby embarked on the process for assessment of the 2018-2020 strategy and development of a new strategy aligned to the UNSCF. UN Somalia is also committed to undertaking Gender Scorecard Exercise that assesses the capacities of the United Nations Country Team to respond to its gender mainstreaming responsibilities and the coordination function of the gender theme group. UN Women also leads the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) Somalia. With the enhanced role of UN Women as the leading agency on coordination and gender mainstreaming, and the ensuing increased role of UN Women to lead the UN Gender and Disability portfolio, a strong, flexible and versatile coordination function within UN Women Country Office is required.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Country Programme Manager, and in close collaboration with the programme team, the Coordination Analyst will be responsible for strengthened accountability of results for gender equality and women's empowerment, enhanced efficiencies, improved coherence, and joint action through better coordination between UN agencies, the government, CSOs and development partners. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to Somalia's priorities and commitments for gender equality and women's empowerment (GEWE):

  • Provide technical inputs to UN, government and donor gender­ coordination structures, including institutional capacity development and strategic planning;
  • Provide technical inputs to the planning, implementation and monitoring of the UN Somalia Gender Equality Strategy, UNCT Gender Scorecard;
  • Provide technical support to the development and roll-out of a strategy for the UNCT Gender Theme Group and the implementation of the UNCT's commitments to GEWE in the country's UNSCF;
  • Provide technical and secretariat support to the UNCT Gender, Human Rights and Inclusion Results Group and in mapping, analysis and reporting of UNSCF commitments and results on gender;
  • Provide technical inputs to strengthening of strategic partnerships and coordination for GEWE within the UN System and with external partners, including government and development partners;
  • Organize and provide technical inputs to a series of trainings for relevant UNSCF management structures, including sensitizing UN Women, the Gender Theme Group and others on mainstreaming GEWE in SDGs;
  • Provide technical inputs to joint UN and donor advocacy efforts for GEWE, including serving as the secretariat of the Women, Peace and Security working group under the guidance of the Country Programme Manager.

Provide coordination support to Somalia's priorities and commitments for gender equality and women's empowerment (GEWE):

  • Work closely with the Gender Theme Group (GTG) members in the development of a work plan, in line with the UNSCF and the UN Somalia Gender Strategy;
  • Liaise with UN Women regional and HQ offices on developments related to UN Women's coordination mandate in general and peace and security, women leadership, EVAW and humanitarian action specifically;
  • Coordinate, convene, take notes and follow-up on the action points of the UN Gender Theme Group meeting;
  • Technical support in preparation of brief concept notes for IWD, 16 days campaign and other joint program initiatives and contribute to mobilization of pooled resources.

Provide technical support to the inter-agency coordination and UN joint programming:

  • Participate and represent the Country Office in the UN Women Community of Practice of Interagency Coordination, as delegated and under the guidance of the Country Programme Manager;
  • Identify and provide technical inputs to UN joint programming opportunities to deliver on the UNSCF's GEWE, in particular provide coordination support tothe development of the One UN Gender Programme;
  • Provide technical inputs to UN Women in interagency humanitarian coordination work, including capacity building support to partners in government and humanitarian actors;
  • Provide technical inputs to policy notes, briefs, and undertake gender analysis of joint UN programming on women peace and security, Women Political Participation and Leadership, EVAW and humanitarian action;
  • Participate in UNSCF Outcome Results Group meetings and ensure gender equality and women’s rights are mainstreamed in processes and documents, as delegated and under the guidance of the Country Programme Manager.

Provide coordination and technical support to advocacy and knowledge building:

  • Provide coordination support to advocacy efforts including the UN Open Day forum to commemoration anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 16 days of activism, international women’s day, CSW events in close partnership with UN agencies, government partners, and CSOs;
  • Document and advocate best practices and lessons learnt for UN System-wide coordination;
  • Provide support to the development and dissemination of good practices and lessons learned; ensure incorporation into programme planning;
  • Contribute to capacity building exercises, as necessary.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality contributions to the CO’s coordination efforts;
  • Quality inputs and technical support provided to UN agencies on reporting gender commitments on UNSCF;
  • Quality inputs to planning processes and reports, and quality support to the Country Program Manager;
  • Increased awareness of UN Women’s work;
  • Increased resources mobilized and interest in GEWE among partners and donors.


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

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of gender equity and women’s empowerment issues;
  • Good knowledge of UN system and understanding of inter-agency coordination processes;
  • Good knowledge of results based programme planning and management;
  • Ability to promote and monitor inclusion of gender-specific objectives, indicators, targets and activities in the UN agencies programmes;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Ability to provide advice and support.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in international development, public administration, public policy, or other relevant social science 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.


  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience working with inter-agency coordination and strategic programme planning processes; 
  • Experience in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes;
  • Experience working in gender equality and women’s rights at the international level is an asset;
  • Experience working in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Somali is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of local context is an asset.

Please note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from

UNWOMEN 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.