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 responds to lessons learned that indicate insufficient attention is given to women’s unpaid care and domestic workloads and overall time poverty.

Reporting to the 3R Programme Global Coordinator, under the overall supervision of the South Africa Head of Office, the Coordination Specialist is responsible for the technical implementation of the 3R Programme in South Africa which includes coordinating with the Global Coordinator, key national partners and stakeholders, knowledge management and communications efforts, as well as results-based monitoring and reporting, and financial management of the 3R Programme in South Africa.

Deberes y responsabilidades

Oversee the technical implementation of the 3R Programme in South Africa:

  • Implement the 3R Programme in South Africa according to the programme document;
  • Liaise with the Global Coordinator, Steering Committee, donor, national partners and stakeholders to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed;
  • Prepare and present work-plans, periodic progress reports and expenditures status reports to the Steering Committee and to the Global Coordinator;
  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
  • Record and maintain documents on relevant 3R Programme activities, issues, and risks.

Guide coordination with national partners and other stakeholders:

  • Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the 3R Programme, raise potential problems with the Global Coordinator and provide solutions;
  • Provide guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.

Oversee the monitoring and reporting on the 3R Programme:

  • Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on the 3R Programme in South Africa from the planning to the evaluation stages;
  • Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by partners; conduct regular monitoring visits;
  • Write annual and quarterly reports; review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide inputs from 3R programme activities and results to Multi Country Office reporting.

Manage financial resources and supervise staff, as appropriate:

  • Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the Programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
  • Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Provide technical support to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies as determined by the Global Coordinator;
  • Identify potential programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication:

  • Ensure documentation of the programme implementation process and products produced are in accordance with UN Women guidelines;
  • Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
  • Organize major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products in consultation with the Global Coordinator;
  • Coordinate the production of communications and visibility materials.


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.

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Functional Competencies:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong budget and finance skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Good knowledge of UN programme management systems.

Habilidades y experiencia requeridas

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 (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing and implementing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to economic empowerment;
  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects;
  • Previous experience working in the UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and local languages is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language 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.

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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.