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.
The Sahel region has been facing an unprecedented security crisis since 2012. Several countries are facing various economic, political and social challenges. This situation has led to problems of violent extremism and intercommunal conflict. Despite the many opportunities in the region, the population is facing problems of poverty and a severe humanitarian crisis. The main regional actors and the international community have been mobilized to contribute to responses for peace and development in the region.
This crisis context prevails in a region where women were already subject to several forms of violence and discrimination underpinned by a number of sociocultural beliefs and barriers that are deeply rooted in tradition. The high levels of gender inequality in Sahel countries can be found in several areas, including in particular: -gender-based violence and other harmful practices, low participation of women in political life, issues related to access to basic social services, economic inequalities. Women have organized themselves into associations and have a great potential to contribute significantly to the stabilization of the region as they are key actors for peace and development in the region. Unfortunately, they face several challenges related to the weak organizational, institutional and programmatic management capacities .
Considering these challenges, a four years project entitled “Building the capacity of women's organizations and create a strong women's movement for peace in the Sahel region” has been developed to better organize women led organizations into strong networks and coalitions in order to influence peace processes at local, national and regional levels. In addition, the project is meant to strengthen their advocacy skills that will make it easy for them to carry out operational activities on the ground, especially in the border regions most affected by conflict, as they have great potential, and this will increase their credibility and impact for peace.
Reporting to Women Peace and Security Regional Policy adviser, the Project Coordination Specialist is responsible for coordinating the project coordination portfolio which includes coordinating relationships with national and regional partners and stakeholders, and the monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate the Women, Peace and Security in the G5Sahel region project
Guide coordination with national partners and other stakeholders
Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the Project
Manage financial resources and supervise staff
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies
Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication
Key Performance Indicators
Quality and timely reporting
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification