Programme Specialist, Gender Statistics

United Nations Development Programme, Kathamandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2019

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.

In September 2015, governments united behind the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which features 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity by 2030 while protecting the environment. The 2030 Agenda sets out a historic and unprecedented level of ambition to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030” (SDG 5) as well as including 37 gender-related targets in 10 other SDGs. It commits to addressing core issues of gender equality such as eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, eradicating discriminatory laws and constraints on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recognizing and valuing unpaid care and domestic work and increasing women’s participation in decision-making.

To successfully track the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a robust and equally ambitious monitoring framework is needed. Significant investments in gender statistics are necessary to ensure that evidence-based policies are devised, the impacts of these policies are assessed and the accountability of policymakers and governments to deliver on these commitments is promoted. Robust indicators and quality data are of critical importance and will determine whether policy efforts are marshalled and whether the goals and targets are achieved or missed.

To support member states in implementing the 2030 Agenda, UN Women’s Flagship Programme Initiative (FPI), “Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MEWGC)” aims to affect a radical shift in the availability, accessibility and use of data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Through this global programme, UN Women in the Nepal will provide high quality technical support and advice to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and other relevant stakeholders and partners with the aim of strengthening the production, accessibility and use of gender statistics. It will focus on three inter-related areas of work:

  • Building a supportive policy and institutional environment for the localization and effective monitoring of the SDGs;
  • Increasing the quality, comparability and regularity of gender statistics to address national data gaps and meet reporting commitments under the SDGs; and
  • Ensuring that gender statistics are accessible to users in governments, civil society, academia and the private sector, to strengthen adequate demand for their production.
  • In regard to the above, UN Women is seeking to recruit a Programme Specialist on Gender Statistics for the implementation of the FPI “Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MEWGC)” in the Nepal Country Office (NCO).

Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for managing and overseeing the implementation of MEWGC in Nepal and other related interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he will also provide capacity development services, manage advocacy, strategic partnerships and networking initiatives, contributing to knowledge management, monitoring and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage and oversee the implementation of the Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MWEGC) programme in Nepal:

  • Develop and submit annual work plans and budgets and manage their implementation;
  • Lead the planning of programme activities to ensure timely and comprehensive implementation of MEWGC;
  • Ensure that the implementation of MEWGC follows strict quality standards, as established under the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities;
  • Develop and implement Results Based Management tools and performance indicators, in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer;
  • Manage the targets established and oversee the monitoring of results, including ensuring adequate inputs and performance indicators are incorporated to allow for effective progress monitoring and successful achievement of MEWGC;
  • Provide technical inputs to the production of quality monitoring and evaluation plans that are in line with and consistent with the overall objectives of the programme, with support of M&E Officer;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.
  • Provide substantive technical support to implementing partners, including strategic direction and positioning of gender and statistics in national policies, plans and strategies;
  • Undertake periodic monitoring missions and produce high quality reports to take stock of progress of implementation;
  • Submit quarterly reports and donor reports, in a timely manner, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Frequently liaise with the team at Headquarters and Regional Office to report on country programme activities, and ensure that the implementation is in line with the overall objectives of MEWGC.

Manage human and financial resources of the MEWGC programme:

  • Undertake programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the implementation of MEWGC in Nepal, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting;
  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports, in close collaboration with Operations Manager;
  • Supervise, coach and guide Programme Analysts and technical expert consultants, ensure implementation of the performance review cycle;
  • Oversee procurement plans and processes with the support of Operations team.

Provide technical support and capacity development to programme partners:

  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Gender Statistics programme;
  • Identify capacity needs of key stakeholders and partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives to partners;
  • Conduct country level assessments, national and sectoral plans to support national gender-related commitments in the SDGs and data use plans;
  • Provide adequate technical and advisory support to national partners on gender statistics and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) monitoring;
  • Provide technical support on methodologies for Tier I, Tier II and Tier III indicators, based on needs, capacities and expertise;
  • Organize trainings, support development of tools and advocacy strategies aimed at strengthening capacities in the area of gender statistics of key stakeholders and partners.

Manage networking and partnership building initiatives:

  • Strengthen partnerships with key national stakeholders, including national statistical institutions, UN agencies, women’s organizations and other civil society organizations, academia, research institutions and other data collecting organizations;
  • Develop and manage the new partnerships to support implementation of MEWGC;
  • Establish partnerships/alliances to support resource mobilization for MEWGC, engaging with potential donors to raise additional funding;
  • Contribute to UN inter-agency coordination mechanisms and structures related to SGD gender indicators monitoring at the country level, to achieve coherence and alignment;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure capacity development initiatives are harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

Manage knowledge building, advocacy and communication efforts:

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Gender Statistics;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to SDG localization efforts as required;
  • Provide technical inputs to the development of advocacy and communication strategies and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness of MEWGC, in partnership with the Communications for Development Officer;
  • Support a community of practitioners to facilitate knowledge sharing and improve coordination;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Gender Statistics;
  • Provide technical inputs to all activities related to the learning, monitoring and evaluation of MEWGC;
  • Identify lessons learned and areas of emphasis to guide program improvements and future strategic interventions.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality implementation of MEWGC programme in Nepal, in respect to the approved work plans, timelines and budgets;
  • Timely and quality monitoring and reporting of programme activities;
  • Quality of reports timely submitted;
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives;
  • Adherence to UN Women rules, regulations, policies and procedures in all program and operations related matters;
  • Strong relationships with key government stakeholders and other partners;
  • Coordination with other UN agencies on support coherence and alignment;
  • Resources mobilized.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability and transparency;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration and teamwork;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge related to current policies and practices in the area of gender statistics;
  • Strong knowledge of modalities of UN technical support to member states with a focus on gender equality and statistics;
  • Strong knowledge of UN inter-governmental processes, including monitoring framework established for SDGs;
  • Strong understanding of the gender indicators in the SDGs and the global data sets;
  • Strong planning, goal-setting and prioritization skills;
  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Ability to establish and foster good relations with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, and NGO partners;
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical software, such as STATA, R and advanced Excel is a must;
  • Good understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Ample knowledge and use of computer office tools (Word, referencing software, databases, spreadsheets, web content production, filing);
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, and ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments;
  • Ability to work under pressure on multiple activities whilst maintaining high-quality and timeliness.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s degree or Doctorate in statistics, gender and statistics, economics or other social science fields.


  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in the field of gender and statistics at the national and/or international level;
  • Familiarity with the development and application of household-based survey tools, establishment surveys and administrative records for generating information on progress towards gender equality and empowerment of women;
  • Experience in the drafting of statistics-based research and related reports, and in providing capacity building support, preferably in the context of gender and statistics;
  • Experience in survey questionnaire and sample design, data processing, data quality assessment and data analysis;
  • In-depth experience in managing and interpreting gender-disaggregated data is an asset;
  • Extensive work experience with national statistical systems, academia, UN and/or international development-oriented organization on data for development is an asset;
  • Proven experience with use of gender analysis in statistical production processes and/or data collection, analysis, use and dissemination is an asset;
  • Proven experience in conducting needs assessments and/or capacity assessment on existing data, statistical capacity, and/or Monitoring and Evaluation systems from a gender perspective is an asset;
  • Substantial experience of working with international datasets is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


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