UN Women

Program Specialist (Women Peace and Security)

UN Women

Job Description

  Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women works on 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. Placing women's rights at the center of all of its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. In Afghanistan, UN Women works in four thematic areas i.e. Governance and Participation, Ending Violence Against Women, Women Economic Empowerment, and Women Peace and Security (WPS). On Women Peace and Security, UN Women is catalyzing the UN system and supporting Afghanistan to deliver on the women, peace and security agenda and enhanced capacities and opportunities for gender equality advocates to participate in peace processes at all levels. UN Women ACO assists the Government of Afghanistan to implement their commitments on women, peace and security and more women and Civil Society Organizations and those actors with gender equality agendas, influence peace, and security processes. UN Women’s priority outcomes for WPS in Afghanistan are the following: (i) supporting an enabling environment for the implementation of WPS commitments; (ii) ensuring that women are represented and meaningfully participate in all peace and security, peacebuilding and recovery processes, including formal and informal peace negotiations processes; and; (iii) supporting gender-responsive security sector and justice reforms. Under the overall guidance from the Country Representative and Deputy Representative, , the WPS Specialist will report directly to the Head of WPS Thematic Area and will primarily focus on engagement with civil society, as well as with government counterparts and be responsible for coordinating, and monitoring of UN Women interventions implemented through civil society organizations and selected government institutions
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide design and develop programme for civil society and government focusing on Women Peace and Security
  • Draft programme/ project proposals and initiatives on WPS – with focus on civil society organizations and selected government institutions;

  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to WPS

Oversee the coordination, implementation and management of civil society and government components under WPS programme
  • Finalization of the WPS (coordination of civil society and government components) annual workplan and budget, and manage their implementation;

  • Provide Technical Support to the implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;

  • Oversee the submission of implementing partner’s (mainly civil society organizations) financial and narrative projects reports;

  • Guidance to partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;

  • Facilitate Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

Capacity Development to projects/programme civil society partners
  • Contribute to the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives

  • Facilitate the building and sustaining relationships with specifically civil society to support implementation and expansion of the WPS portfolio

  • Facilitate Capacity Building needs assessments of partners and support the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to civil society partners.

Lead the monitoring and reporting of the WPS Projects implemented by civil society organizations, and women networks,
  • Undertake monitoring of civil society projects implementation under WPS and finances using Results-based Management tools;

  • participate in field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;

  • Draft quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;

  • Draft donor and UN Women report.

People management and financial resources of specified WPS Projects programme
  • Draft and support the e WPS implementing partners projects budget and financial reports;

  • As assigned by the Head of WPS Unit, provide support to the guiding relevant consultants, Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;

  • Support the recruitment processes, as necessary.

Building of partnerships and contribute to the developing resource mobilization strategies
  • develop and support the implementation of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;

  • Contribute to the finalization of relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;

  • Undertake relevant research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

Inter-agency coordination on WPS to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Afghanistan
  • Provide Analysis" id="link" class="link">Technical Analysis of issues for the Head of WPS Programme, and as requested by Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related WPS activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;

  • Convene and facilitate specified coordination platforms with civil society and selected government entities; and as relevant for the UN agencies to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

Advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
  • Draft background documents, briefs and presentations related to WPS Programme area the

  • As delegated represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related WPS;

  • Draft advocacy strategies and support their implementation;

  • Draft best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;

  • Draft knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies in line with civil society engagement component of the WPS.

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/projects

  • Relations with partners and stakeholders

  • Quality reports and timely submission

  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners

  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives

Core Values:
  • Respect for Diversity

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

  • Accountability

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Effective Communication

  • Inclusive Collaboration

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies
  • 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

  • Strong knowledge of Women Peace and Security issues in Afghanistan and within the region

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

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

  • 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;

  • Technical experience in Women Peace and Security;

  • 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.

Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Dari is required;

  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;

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