Programme Specialist

United Nations Development Programme

Beirut, Lebanon

The UN Women Syria Programme of the Regional Office for Arab States works closely with the United Nations, government, and civil society partners to increase Syrian women’s engagement in any political process, as part of the larger UN efforts under the framework of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), which recognized the importance of a fully inclusive process that ensures women’s leadership.
Reporting to the Women, Peace and Security Syria Programme Manager, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under their portfolio. The Programme Specialist works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Design and develop programme strategies for Women, Peace and Security Syria Programme:
  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to WPS Syria.
Manage the implementation and management of the WPS Syria programme:
  • Finalize the annual work plan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to personnel and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.
Manage technical assistance and capacity development for project/programme partners:
  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support the implementation and expansion of the WPS Syria Programme and respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.
Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project:
  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.
Manage the people and financial resources of the WPS Syria programme:
  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts Mentor and coach personnel and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.
Contribute to inter-agency coordination on WPS Syria to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country:
  •  Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination-related activities by attending meetings, and events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.
Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to WPS Syria Programme;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to WPS Syria as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on the Syria side of WPS programme.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security;
  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners;
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives.
Required Skills and Experience:
Education and certification:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related 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 would be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical experience in Women, Peace, and Security, and the Syrian civil Society;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.