Key Responsibilities :
Advisory and specialized technical support :
As Deputy Representative, serve as key advisor to the Representative and as a senior member of his / her management team in the CO strategic discussions and formulation of programs and management operations, including work planning;
Provide specialized technical and strategic support in managing all aspects of CO programme design and management of related activities and for ensuring accountability in programme monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
Support, guide and provide input to assure quality control in the formulation of relevant, high quality, results-based and rights-based country programmesand to ensure programme coherence, technical integrity, inter-unit programme cooperation and coordination;
Provide strategic and specialized technical advice to the Representative and put in place systems, processes and mechanisms to improve / enhanceprogramme planning, implementation, monitoring and timely progress reporting.
Draft policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers / materials for use in the development and presentation of innovative and coherent policy and programmatic positions in support of national development priorities and commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, incorporating regional and global perspectives and contributing to regional and global strategies;
Review and evaluate proposals submitted to the CO. Oversee the preparation of donor proposals and reports to ensure quality, timeliness, compliance with requirements as per established rules, regulations, including the commitments under relevant UNDAFs and the UN Women global Strategic Facilitate the review and approval of proposals and reports by the Representative.
Take timely action to take any corrective action to meet standards for submissions;
Regularly assess the country level annual work plans, monitor progress on the achievement of goals and targets, and present the Representative with recommendations to assist in development planning;
Establish and maintain alliances and partnerships with various inter-agency partners and working groups to ensure active participation and promotion of UN Women’s vision and mission within the UNDAF and other UN inter-agency frameworks, in close partnership with other UNCT gender advisors / specialists;
Monitor and report on the allocation and use of UN resources allocated to gender equality by the UN system and propose changes to maximize use of resources;
Prepare briefing materials for the UNW Representative on issues to be discussed in UNCT and other events and meetings.
Follow up on required action / outstanding issues and report on outcome / result. Alert UNW Representative on critical issues for action to be addressed;
Participate in global practice network on coordination, sharing and learning best practices to keep abreast of and / or to contribute to on-going debates and strategic thinking and to exchange experience and / or seek support on coordination issues affecting UNW and UN system programs and operations.
Programme management, monitoring and oversight :
Recommend and establish program monitoring standards, criteria and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress / results;
Monitor the progress on mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators and take timely support, action and / or decisions as required;
Lead the processes of preparing reports on progress of programme implementation, assessing results and identifying areas for the Representative’s action and / or decision to ensure achievement of results as planned and in accordance with UN Women’s goals and objectives and accountability framework;
Identify areas that may require improvement and capture best practices / lessons learned, using corporate monitoring tools, as well as Audits and other corporate reports.
Take action to improve areas of weakness.
Ensure substantive and high quality proposals following the established rules, and regulations, and adhering to the Strategic Plan and Annual Work plans;
Establish and / or support the development of sustainable and solid relationswith counterparts, for effective advocacy and partnerships resulting in the achievement of UN Women goals and objectives in the country, and consequently in the enhanced reputation and credibility of UN Women in delivering results on gender equality and women’s rights.
Support to UNW Representative on Resource Mobilisation, Operations / Office management :
Build and maintain effective partnerships with various stakeholders at regional, national and local levels, for delivery of the women’s rights agenda in the country;
Represent UN Women in government, partners and UN meetings as appropriate and ensure a full brief to the Country Representative
Identify and follow-up opportunities for resource mobilization for UN Women’s work in the country in consultation with the Country Representative.
Support the UN Women Representative in managing activities and other promotional events to engage bilateral and multilateral institutions / donors, private sector; and
Act as OIC in the absence of the UN Women Representative;
Support the Representative in the management of the CO;
Manage the formulation of the annual CO work plan and monitor implementation;
Develop and facilitate an integrated results-based approach to the work of the Country Office using the annual work plan as the road map;
Communicate standards of performance, and assign responsibilities and accountabilities for achieving results.
Support the Representative in the management of human, material, and financial resources, in line with UN Women policies, rules and procedures;
As required coordinate the provision of administrative services with service providers;
Propose and secure annual allocations for the country programme, and ensure the efficient and effective use of such resources in compliance with UN Women financial rules, regulations, and procedures;
Support the Representative in the formulation and implementation of a country resource mobilization strategy;
Empower, and help develop international and national programme staff, under the incumbent’s supervision, providing them with managerial direction , guidance and leadership;
Contribute substantially to staff management as a whole within the CO, particularly on learning, career management, and teamwork.
Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; seek to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels;
foster staff motivation, development and empowerment; and lead by example;
As required advise on and support the establishment of a CO security strategy and plan in line with UN procedures and requirements;
Ensure an ethics-based approach to management of all human and financial resources;
Perform any other duties as may be requested by the UN Women Country Representative.
Substantive support to UN coordination, advocacy and partnership building :
Establish and maintain effective consultations with governments, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation, resource mobilization and sustained partnerships;
Represent UN Women in meetings as delegated / appropriate to consult, collaborate and interact on common issues and activities and to participate in the CCA / UNDAF process to ensure the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Actively seek out participation of UN Women in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks, facilitate joint programming and promote UN Women competencies and interests to advance gender and women’s human rights;
Support the Representative in parnership building and advocate for UN Women with government counterparts, donor community and other partners;
Represent UN Women in national and international fora as requested by the Representative.
Knowledge management and capacity building :
Collect and share good practices and lessons learned on coordination and gender mainstreaming in UN system programming and development at country level to contribute to development of knowledge products and tools in UN Women;
Manage the process of collecting and sharing lessons learned on gender equality and women’s empowerment to build knowledge and capacity of partners and stakeholders;
Design and implement capacity building training activities to enhance skills and knowledge in results based management;
results based reporting and budgeting, and systematic quality assurance;
Oversee cutting-edge research and knowledge generation to inform and advise national development priorities and commitments for gender equality and women’s empowerment, ensuring the integration of regional and global contexts and developments;
Contribute to global and regional programme knowledge networks and practices, and development of knowledge products.
Lead the Country Office’s efforts in developing and implementing a communications strategy in line with the UN Women corporate guidelines on communications :
Act as the Focal Person for the Country Office on Communications and advise the Representative on all communications events and activities;
Coordinate and / or carry out information and communication activities to ensure coherence with Corporate UN Women and UNCT information and communication goals and objectives.
Advanced university degree in international development, public administration, public policy or other relevant social science fields.
A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience that combines intellectual, strategic and managerial leadership in development programmes with a strong focus in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes;
Several years field-based experience working with multi-cultural teams required;
Experience with programme management tools and platforms used by the UN system, including familiarity with ATLAS or a similar enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is highly desirable.
Proficiency in written and spoken English;
Knowledge of another UN working language is desirable.