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.


As an entity dedicated to gender equality, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) works with key partners ranging from government, UN organizations, international and national NGOs, and civil society in development and humanitarian settings to enhance gender equality and empowerment of women in Ethiopia. In crisis settings, UN Women supports in the coordination of gender mainstreaming, evidence-based response, targeted programming and in building capacities of humanitarian stakeholders including governments and local actors to achieve their gender commitments.

The humanitarian situation in Tigray and neighboring regions has deteriorated since the onset of the conflict in November 2020, and approximately 5.2 million people are currently in need of humanitarian and protection services in the region. The signing of a peace deal between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on 2 November 2022 marks a critical first step towards ending the two-year conflict. In light of this development and considering that humanitarian access to Tigray has been limited over the last two years, there is an urgent need to scale up humanitarian assistance to all those affected by the conflict, including women and girls. Unprecedented sexual and gender-based violence is reported especially against women and girls. Rapid response, supported by gendered data, is needed urgently by all humanitarian actors to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations.

As the humanitarian crises become more complex and challenging, a well-coordinated gender-responsive humanitarian action is critical more than ever. UN Women Ethiopia Country Office is working actively to provide strategic leadership and technical support to ensure humanitarian response fully responds to the specific needs and priorities of women and girls through elevating support and targeted programming to the humanitarian situation in Tigray and neighboring regions. Within the humanitarian context in Tigray, additional emphasis is being placed on the gendered impact of the crisis, such as sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls, amongst others. With new realities and challenges posed by the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region, UN Women’s engagement in the humanitarian response space is more critical than ever to ensure that humanitarian action prioritizes women ang girls’ voices and needs so that no woman or girl is left behind.

Reporting to the Humanitarian Programme Specialist, the Humanitarian Programme officer will provide technical and strategic input on gender in humanitarian action programme, provide support to project/programme partners, and participate in the development of relevant knowledge products, including gender analysis and assessments of the Ethiopia Country Office.  The Programme Officer’s work will focus on UN Women’s programme in the Tigray region. She/he will work in close collaboration with the UN Women programme and operations team in the Ethiopia Country Office, Government officials at regional and local level, UN and other humanitarian agencies, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Deberes y responsabilidades

1.  Contribute to the development of programme strategies and implementation of the Gender in Humanitarian Action programme

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, support the organization, coordination and monitoring and support to the activities of UN Women humanitarian programme in Tigray
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the project work plan, including budget and results framework
  • Provide support in developing relevant programme documents and timely procurement follow up to ensure efficient delivery of humanitarian program
  • Support and coordinate delivery of the day-to-day project activities to ensure prompt and adequate delivery of results
  • Any other duties related to the implementation of the programme as required


2.  Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities
  • Organize the capacity building efforts of the humanitarian programme, including organizing relevant trainings and workshops
  • Ensure regular updates are shared within UN Women, implementing partners, and stakeholders


3.  Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project

  • Conduct regular follow up with implementing partners to ensure timely submission of financial and narrative reports, and provide substantive input
  • Support in the development of reports, proposals, case studies and other relevant documentation
  • Follow up on budget utilization and project expenditure


4.  Resource mobilization

  • Provide inputs to resource mobilization strategies
  • Analyze information and develop database of project profiles


5.  Knowledge management and communication efforts

  • Provide substantive input to the development of knowledge management strategies, activities, and products
  • Work with UN Women communication team to ensure results, success stories and best practices from the program are captured and widely shared
  • Support the coordination and participation of UN Women in gender assessments and support the gender analysis to inform more gender-responsive programming

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to programme strategies and activities
  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets
  • Quality of knowledge and advocacy products
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules
  • Relationship with partners and stakeholders


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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of gender in humanitarian action, including the national humanitarian context in Northern Ethiopia
  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to produce well written documents
  • Strong analytical skills

Habilidades y experiencia requeridas


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required


  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience with a particular focus on gender and protection in emergencies
  • Technical experience in gender in humanitarian action and gender mainstreaming
  • Experience working in a humanitarian programming in Northern Ethiopia
  • Experience working in the UN System in humanitarian emergencies is an asset


  • Fluency in English and local language is required
  • Knowledge of one or two local languages including Tigrinya is an asset
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are required to include in the P-11 form links for their previously published reports and articles completed within the last two years. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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