Programme Technical Coordinator – Spotlight Initiative

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Location : Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Application Deadline :14-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year extendable based on performance and budget availability

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The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It was launched in September 2017 by the UN Secretary General and the EU High Representative and Vice President. The 500 million Euro Initiative provides a model for partnerships with donors, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. SDG 5 and the achievement of gender equality are placed at the center of efforts (alongside Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Within the UN, the Initiative will operationalize the UN development system reforms and model a new way of delivering on the SDGs in an integrated way, leveraging collaborative advantages.

The Spotlight Initiative in Papua New Guinea is led by the UN Resident Coordinator and is under implementation through four Recipient UN Organisations (RUNOs -- UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF) with a focus on addressing intimate partner violence and domestic violence. It follows a transformative and evidence-based approach, addressing unequal power relations between men and women and focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in PNG is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence, within an inclusive and gender equitable PNG. This contributes to implementation of PNG’s National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence (2016-2025), with attention to holistic prevention and responses to violence against women and girls.

Under the overall leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator and direct supervision of the UN Women Country Representative on technical coherence, and in liaison with the Resident Coordinator’s Office,the Programme Technical Coordinator is a neutral interlocutor who provides coordination and technical coherence for the Spotlight Initiative in close consultation with participating UN agencies. The position has a matrixed reporting to the UN Resident Coordinator who is responsible for the overall delivery of the Initiative under the UN Reform and Delivering as One modality. The Programme Technical Coordinator will lead the Secretariat team for this joint programme and provide strategic engagement with the Government counterparts, high-level programme oversight, planning, monitoring, reporting and quality assurance of the programme components, in coordination with the Civil Society Reference Group and the National Steering Committee.

The Technical Coordinator requires expertise and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women's empowerment, and experience in coordinating multiple stakeholders to translate gender equality priorities, specifically on EVAWG, into effective development results.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure effective overall strategic coordination of the Spotlight Initiative in close consultation with all RUNOs:

  • Identify risks and issues that could interfere with programme delivery and provide support and guidance to mitigate and address them in a timely manner
  • Promote coordination and coherence in the delivery of spotlight activities
  • Provide technical assistance to the development of joint AWPs
  • Facilitate consolidation of joint AWPs
  • Coordinate the elaboration of narrative reports for final clearance by the RC based on submissions from RUNOs within the timetable specified in the contract between the UN and EU
  • Lead the formulation of guidelines and procedures that would further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Spotlight Initiative implementation
  • Coordinate the tracking of funds approved by the National Steering Committee and their proper administration
  • Support consistency between programme activities, the Spotlight Initiative Country Programme Document and decisions by the National Steering Committee
  • Under direction, mobilize and interact with the RCO, RUNOs, associated UN agencies, the EU delegation in Papua New Guinea and other relevant entities to appropriately respond to any needs occurring within the Initiative
  • Report to the RC and Country Steering Committee on programme performance and results
  • Provide periodic summary reports to the National Steering Committee on the overall progress

Provide technical oversight, for technical coherence of the Initiative in PNG:

  • Ensure overall technical coherence of Programme across pillars, in line with the Country Programme Document
  • Provide strategic thinking, technical advice and innovative approaches to facilitating programme interventions to achieve programme outcomes and outputs 
  • Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.
  • Provide support to the engagement of the Civil Society Reference Group in the Initiative

Manage the programme planning, monitoring, reporting and knowledge management

  • Provide technical assistance to RUNOs on planning including the development AWPs and monitoring and management of budgets
  • Prepare analytical reviews and systematically capture lessons learnt from the programme implementation
  • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to prepare strategic materials, briefs and/or position papers on emerging results and outcomes of the Initiative for the National Steering Committee
  • Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to support the elaboration of narrative reports for final clearance by the Resident Coordinator
  • Establish a mechanism for knowledge sharing by the RUNOs and support the M&E specialist to identify and articulate lessons learnt on the operations of the Spotlight Initiative through such mechanisms
  • Encourage innovative methodologies by the RUNOs and support sharing of good practices across the Programme
  • Promote regional exchanges of lessons learned and experiences on ending violence against women and girls and harmful practices within Pacific region and with Spotlight Initiative Coordinators across the world.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Support the development of a joint resource mobilization and sustainability strategy for the Initiative
  • Support RUNOs to negotiate agreements and work plans with provincial authorities in accordance with the objectives of the Spotlight Initiative
  • Serve as the main contact for internal communications and reporting on the Spotlight Initiative with internal and external partners
  • Ensure contributing partners and stakeholders are kept informed of the activities
  • Ensure appropriate communication on the Spotlight Initiative at meetings with other UN bodies, donors and PNG Government, and promote building broader support for the Initiative.
  • Use networks to promote the Spotlight Initiative with partner organizations, as well as other Spotlight countries in the region
  • Regularly communicate with the Spotlight Initiative Secretariat Technical Unit in New York

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Coordinated implementation of Spotlight Initiative activities against set workplans and timelines
  • Quality and timely reporting
  • Strong relations with partners and stakeholders
  • Regular and timely monitoring of activities 
  • Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated
  • Management of the secretariat team


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

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong budget and finance skills
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of UN programme management systems
  • Demonstrated experience in working to prevent and respond to Gender based violence in a developing country context
  • Ability to develop respectful relationships within a Melanesian context 

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas 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 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in design, planning and coordination of complex development projects.
  • Minimum 5 years of technical experience in working on violence against women and girls
  • Experience working in Pacific, Papua New Guinea, or similar contexts, is an asset.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset.
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.
  • Experience managing an EU-funded projects is an asset;
  • Minimum 5 years of Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Tok Pisin is an asset.



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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