Programme Advisor Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

UN Women, Suva, Fiji

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th December, 2020

Job Description


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.

The UN Women Pacific Multi-Country Office is based in Suva, Fiji and works alongside over 20 other UN agencies in the region and in 14 countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Under its Strategic Note 2018-2022, UN Women Fiji MCO focuses on delivering on four interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:

Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership
Women’s Economic Empowerment
Ending Violence against Women
Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction
Ending Violence Against Women / EVAW

To respond to the rates of violence in the Pacific, UN Women has developed a comprehensive EVAW programme which is one of the largest UN Women EVAWG programmes globally. The most substantial programme under UN Women’s EVAW programme is the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls which is an ambitious, five year programme which brings together governments, civil society organizations, communities and other partners to change the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to continue; to ensure survivors have access to quality response services; and to support national and regional institutions to meet their commitments to gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls.

In addition to the Pacific Partnership Programme, UN Women is the Technical lead on both the Regional and multi-country Pacific Spotlight, as well as technical lead in the Samoa Spotlight country programme. The Spotlight initiative in the Pacific focuses on Intimate partner (physical, sexual and emotional) violence (IPV) to address the continuum of gender-based violence in the Pacific region.

Under the overall supervision of the Fiji MCO Country Representative, the Programme Advisor, Ending Violence against Women and Girls will be responsible for: a) providing substantive management and leadership support to the current programmes and investments under the EVAWG programme, totaling approximately USD30 million (b) providing substantive programme coordination and management; (c) providing leadership in the areas of advocacy, donor relations and resource mobilisation and (d) providing high quality financial and human resource management.


Manage the provision of high-level policy advice and technical guidance for UN Women’s Multi-Country Office, Overall Flagship Programme, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in the Pacific

  • Provide high level substantive technical leadership to UN Women’s EVAW Programme portfolio which includes the $30 million USD Pacific Partnership Programme; the 1.8 million USD Spotlight Programme, among others. This includes technically leading the rigorous intervention research agenda, national and regional prevention strategy development, and innovative new approaches for decentralizing services, changing harmful social norms, and effective use of data to inform VAWG policy and programming.
  • Identify and strategically position work in new/ cutting edge areas including through the initiation and/or developing regional modalities to support the scale up of national initiatives when relevant, lead in the development of regional concept proposals, and work with the representative and Deputy Representative to identify potential funding sources for scale up existing initiatives or advance new ones.
  • Build and manage effective interactions with government and non-government partners and stakeholders and mobilize their support for EVAWG priorities through strategic partnerships, engagements
  • Advance strategic opportunities to mobilise, advance and support the Pacific region to meet its national and regional commitments on EVAWG.
  • Provide strategic support on the integration of prevention of VAWG across other areas of UN Women’s programming, namely Gender, Protection and Humanitarian Action and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Manage the EVAWG portfolio of the Fiji MCO, including the Pacific Partnership Overall Action

  • Manage development and implementation of Annual Workplans and budget for the EVAWG portfolio.
  • Manage and oversee high quality monitoring and evaluation, annual donor reporting, and agency annual reporting;
  • Oversee coordination and governances process related to the Overall Action, including acting as the secretariat for the Programme Steering and Technical Committees and chair of the Program Coordination Committee;
  • Provide strategic oversight and management and ensure timely implementation of key projects within the EVAW Programme - including the Pacific Partnership, Spotlight, REACH and other programmes as they come on board.
  • Lead on partnership mobilization, stakeholder and partners relationships ensuring that the UN Women EVAWG programme is working logically, methodically and respectfully within all key partnerships, whether they by government, civil society, development partner and/or donor relations.

Ensure high quality financial and human resource management to ensure successful implementation of the EVAWG programme portfolio

  • Ensure that the EVAWG Programme, and its projects, has the human and financial resources and capacities needed to respond to requests for assistance and to deliver on programme commitments.
  • Lead and supervise personnel across two programmes (Pacific Partnership and Spotlight), ensure all team members align to UN Women performance management systems; create an enabling work environment; develop short term as well as long term perspectives on staffing issues including succession planning where relevant, increased possibilities of transition to national staffing and staff capacity development
  • Ensure all programme staff understand the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning Frameworks which guide the programmatic work, and clear accountabilities for MELF data collection, storing and reporting are clearly set across the team. Directly support and supervise the MELF systems and processes within the team.
  • Manage the EVAWG Programme resources and administration, and provide strategic supervision to the Deputy Programme Manager, to ensure proper utilization of allocated funds and adherence to UN Women processes and procedures to ensure accountability;

Manage advocacy, knowledge management, in relation to the UN Women EVAWG programme.

  • Represent UN Women at EVAWG specific policy and programming technical and advocacy fora as requested by the Representative
  • Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise on the issue of prevention and response to VAWG. Participation in regional meetings is to be agreed in consultation with relevant Regional office
  • Ensure UN Women's strategic and technical support to government counterparts, non-state actors and UN agencies through direct involvement and provision of advisory services as needed.
  • Work closely with government and national partners to ensure ownership and delivery of programmes
  • Lead and manage the preparation of UN Women knowledge products as required

Manage communication initiatives in relation to the UN Women EVAWG Programme

  • Oversee the implementation of communications and visibility strategy across the Overall Action;
  • Ensure a clear communications and branding strategy is developed and aligned with donor and partner communications and branding requirements and is negotiated and agreed upon.
  • Manage and communicate across donors and programme partners to ensure effective communication and management of any issues that arise.
  • Lead UN Women's efforts to ensure ongoing and substantive communication with partners as well as current and potential donors

Manage partnerships, donor liaison and resource mobilization in relation to the UN Women EVAWG programme

  • Identify, develop and follow-up on strategic opportunities for resource mobilization to allow for EVAW Programme expansion.
  • Liaise with donor partners to ensure clear communications and timely, high quality programme reporting in line with contractual agreements.
  • Ensure joint approaches working in EVAWG with UN Agencies, ensuring clear frameworks for collaboration.

Perform any other duties as requested by the Representative

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support as indicated in the overall Pacific Partnership, Spotlight and Annual Work Plans
  • Timely and quality implementation of EVAWG programmes
  • High quality technical guidelines, standard operating procedures, knowledge products, and other programme related documents
  • Effective programme monitoring, high quality annual reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Timely execution of global policy fora related to prevention and response to VAWG in the Pacific.
  • Strategic and strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;
  • Contributions to resource mobilization;
  • Performance of personnel, enabling working environment.


Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in social work or development related disciplines, gender issues, economics, public policy, law, sociology, or other social science fields.
  • 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


  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the prevention and response to violence against women and girls, including in the context of development, policy analysis, research or related areas;
  • In depth experience in leading the production of technical resources on prevention and response to VAWG, experience both in humanitarian and development settings.
  • Experience writing reports and publications which have made a significant contribution to public policy, programmes or learning in the field of development practice and studies
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations internationally and in the field;
  • Experience working with the UN system, especially UN Women, is an asset.
  • Experience working in the Pacific is an asset.


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