Reporting to the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, monitoring and developing the programme and resource mobilization strategies for 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 the Conflict Cluster Office
- Design and formulate programme/project proposals and initiatives;
- Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to programming within the office.
Manage the implementation and management of the Conflict Cluster Office
- 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 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 programme office; 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 of the Conflict Cluster Office
- 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.
Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners
- Provide technical support 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 programmes of the Conflict Cluster Office;
- Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues as necessary;
- Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
- Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning.
- 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.
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely and quality programme design and inputs to programme strategies;
- Timely and quality programme delivery in line with budget and work plans, 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.
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’s political participation and leadership, women, peace and security, women’s economic empowerment and gender mainstreaming humanitarian response;
- Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
- Experience working in the UN System is an asset.
- Fluency in English and French is required;
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.