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.
Changes within Syria have the potential to generate some opportunities for returns in 2019, however, for the foreseeable future the majority of the 5 million refugees residing in countries hosting Syrian refugees in Syria’s neighboring countries will seek to remain within them – due to continued violence, displacement, threats of retaliation and the absence of the rule of law across large parts of Syria. While the refugee population as a whole is vulnerable to a range of threats, Syrian women and girls continue to pay a disproportionate toll from the conflict, not because of innate vulnerabilities, but due to historical and structural gender inequalities and discrimination. Across the region, this discrimination limits their access to employment and to public space and increases their isolation while heightening their risks to Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
Building on the ongoing support from the Government of Japan to UN Women’s work in countries hosting Syrian refugees across the Arab States region, UN Women is responding to this through the delivery of economic opportunities and protection services, for both refugees and host community nationals. This holistic approach contributes to efforts to bridge the humanitarian-development nexus, seeking to build women’s empowerment in situations of crisis and transition falls under the umbrella of UN Women’s flagship programme, Women's Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection (LEAP).
Reporting to Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action Advisor, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under LEAP programme. She/he 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 in the area of humanitarian action, through a resilience framework.
- Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
- Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to humanitarian action and the humanitarian-development nexus.
Manage the implementation and management of the LEAP programme
- Finalize the annual workplan 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 staff 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 to 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 implementation and expansion of the LEAP programme, 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 LEAP programme
- Manage the monitoring of LEAP programme 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 LEAP programme
- Manage the LEAP programme budget and draft financial reports;
- 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 Women Peace and Security to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.
- Provide technical support to the Advisor, Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, 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 the humanitarian action and programming across the humanitarian-development nexus;
- Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women Peace and Security 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 Women Peace and Security.
- 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
- 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
- Respect for Diversity.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
- Excellent knowledge of gender equity and women’s empowerment issues
- Excellent knowledge of UN system and understanding of inter-agency coordination processes
- Excellent knowledge of results based programme planning and management
- Excellent analytical skills
- Ability to promote and monitor inclusion of gender-specific objectives, indicators, targets and activities in the UN agencies programmes
- Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision
Required Skills and Experience
- 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, with a focus on crisis response;
- Technical experience in humanitarian action required;
- 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.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
- Knowledge of Japanese is an asset.