The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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 provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. UN Women operationalizes this through Flagship Programming Initiatives (FPIs) developed to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women empowerment. One such FPI is the Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection (LEAP) Program implemented in Yumbe & Adjumani districts in West Nile region to address the influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda. The Programme was developed in line with national development priorities and goals such as the National Vision 2040 & the National Development Plan II 2016-2020 both of which integrate the Settlement Transformation Agenda (STA), recognizing the burden on refugee-hosting districts, and identifies them a priority for development interventions. Refugee hosting communities are often worse off than the national average. The LEAP Programme was implemented in conformity with human rights standards and international best practice, including International Humanitarian Law and the UN General Assembly Resolutions 46/182 and 58/114; CEDAW which calls for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women; the UNSCR 1325 and all subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions, which call upon all parties to respect the civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps and settlements, taking into consideration the particular needs of women and girls. This programme initiative contributed to Uganda’s progress towards the SDGs, including on gender equality, peace and justice, education, decent work and Economic Growth and reduced inequalities. The Programme is aligned to UNDAF 2016-2020 priorities, including the following Outcomes: 1.1 on Governance, 1.2 on Gender equality and human rights, 1.4) on Peace, Security and Resilience, 2.3) on Social Protection, 2.4) on GBV and Violence Against Children (VAC), and 3.2 on Sustainable and inclusive Economic Development; and consistent with the UN Women Uganda Country Strategic Note (2017-2020) with its outcomes on Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action which all aim to enhance protection of refugee women and girls from all forms of violence as well as ensuring that all components of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the 5-year country programme are applied to and maintained throughout the humanitarian response cycle.Apply Now
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assess the relevance of LEAP intervention in addressing the needs of refugee and host community women in alignment with gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of UN Women’s approach for achievement of results, as defined in the logical framework, including the Program Theory of Change
- Analyse how the human rights approach and gender equality principles were integrated in LEAP and humanitarian action programming in the South Sudanese response
- Identify and validate lessons learned, promising practices and innovations of work supported by LEAP Program within the context of the aid effectiveness agenda
- Assess the added value of the LEAP strategy and related interventions to UN Women’s mandate and to the overall UN System presence in project locations.
- Assess the inter-connectedness and sustainability of UN Women’s initiatives on increasing leadership, protection and economic opportunities for refugee women and analyse possible weaknesses in order to improve next steps for scale-up programming.
- Provide actionable recommendations with respect to the strategy, and overall UN Women approach to programming in humanitarian settings.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Stakeholder Engagement and Inclusive Collaboration
- A strong record in designing and leading evaluations;
- Strong ability to translate complex data into effective, written reports;
- Experience in gender Analysis and human rights.
- Detailed knowledge of the role of the UN programming is desirable.
- In-country or regional experience in gender equality and women empowerment including solid understanding of Gender in Humanitarian Action and the Comprehensive Refugees Response Framework (CRRF), gender statistics, national planning and budgeting, and experience in West Nile Districts of Uganda
- Proven track record of managing teams
- English language proficiency and any other UN language is preferred yet.
- Experience using ICT tools to conduct evaluations remotely
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation
- A Master’s degree in social sciences, political science, international relations, economics, gender studies, Monitoring and Evaluation
- A minimum of 7 years of working experience in conducting evaluations including
- proven practical professional experience in designing and conducting major evaluations;
- Significant experience in gender and/or aid effectiveness;
- Substantive experience in evaluating interventions in humanitarian settings and familiarity with Gender in Humanitarian Action and the Comprehensive Refugees Response Framework (CRRF)
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods with a strong gender focus;
- High level Data Analysis skills;
- In-country or regional experience in programming in refugee setting; including in West Nile
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
- Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
- Knowledge of Uganda and the Great Lakes region is an asset