Programme Specialist

United Nations Development Programme

Khartoum, Sudan

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.

UN Women Sudan’s Strategic Note (SN) 2018-2023, aims "to consolidate efforts that contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sudan". Key strategies for the implementation of the country programme include capacity building, advocacy, gender mainstreaming, evidence, information and data collection and the use of media to highlight and inform the general population of Sudan. The SN outlines the overall strategy and plan of action for the UN Women Sudan Country Office (CO) for the years 2018-2023 and includes an Integrated Results and Resources (IRRF) which combines the DRF and OEEF, with expected results and targets/ indicators/ baselines.

2022-2023 Annual Work Plan (AWP) of UN Women Sudan Country Office (Co) focuses on three mutually a) reinforcing priorities on enhancing women’s participation in climate resilient agriculture in rural, conflict, post-conflict and humanitarian contexts; b) strengthening women’s effective participation in Peace, Security and Humanitarian processes and c) strengthening women’s political participation and leadership  as priority areas that UN Women will work on to contribute towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sudan.

Within the women’s political participation and leadership priority area, UN Women is supporting structuring of the women movement to be equipped with operational entities and the development of common agenda. UN Women is also working with CSOs and women’s groups to strengthen accountability to gender equality in politics. Whist doing so, UN Women gives due consideration for young women and disadvantaged women to be active agents in the political participation and leadership domain.

Reporting to the Senior National Program Specialist, the WPP Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under the WPP portfolio.  She/he should work 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 the WPP portfolio

Duties and Responsibilities

Design and develop programme strategies in the area of women’s political participation and leadership

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to women, peace and security

Manage the implementation and management of the women’s political participation and leadership 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 women’s political participation and leadership 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 women, peace and security 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 women’s political participation and leadership programme

  • 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 women’s political participation and leadership programme

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise the Women’s political participation team; Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies in the domain of women’s political participation and leadership

  • 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’s political participation and leadership to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Sudan

  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Senior National Program Specialist 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 women’s political participation and leadership
  • 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’s political participation and leadership.

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.

Experience:

  • 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;
  • At least 3 years in developing and managing WPP programs
  • 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. 

Source: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=110206