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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the 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 and builds effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. UN Women Egypt Strategic Plan (2018-2022) focuses on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the 2014 Egyptian Constitution and relevant international norms and standards. Egypt’s 2018-2022 UN Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF) considers that ‘dealing with issues of women’s social and economic empowerment must be at the forefront of the UN’s support in the economic and social arenas. The Egyptian National Women’s Strategy (NWS) 2030 focuses on four pillars: (a) women’s leadership and political participation; (b) women’s economic empowerment; (c) women’s social empowerment; and (d) protection of women. ‘Changing prevailing cultural norms’ and ‘legislative change’ are included as cross-cutting enablers. Financial inclusion has been identified as a valuable tool in fostering women’s economic empowerment, increasing their capacity to face risk and unexpected expenses and participate in sustainable economic growth. Financial inclusion relates to people (especially low income), households’ and MSMEs’ access to a full range of useful and affordable quality financial products and services that meet their needs – such as accounts, savings, payments and transfers, credit, and insurance and others - in a responsible and sustainable manner, within a legal and regulatory environment conducive to their development, by a range of formal service providers. Financial inclusion is specifically important for women and girls in the sense that it can increase their empowerment and improve gender equality in a number of ways. Firstly, by having access to resources and tools, women’s bargaining power within households will increase and in turn upsurge their influence and ability of decision making. Secondly, financial inclusion can support women sustain their own income, control assets outside the household and have a contribution to productive activities. Thirdly, financial inclusion can reduce women’s vulnerability and dependency on male family members by having access to financial opportunities to smooth consumption or meet unexpected expenses. Furthermore, women who are financially excluded lack access to basic financial services, which in turn has an impact on their access to household expenditures (for food, health, education, etc.) and expenditures for business. The current environment in Egypt holds huge potential for women’s financial inclusion. Egypt’s National Women’s Empowerment Strategy 2030 and its accompanying pillar on Women’s Economic Empowerment list women’s access to economic resources through increased access to financial services as an important objective. The CBE co-hosted the 9th Global Policy Forum of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), held in September 2017. In his opening speech President H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi emphasised the high-level political commitment for financial inclusion in the country, especially for women. Financial inclusion has moved to the top of the development policy agenda and gained a great deal of traction. In September 2017, the Central Bank of Egypt and the National Council for Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to foster women’s financial inclusion in Egypt, with SGs expansion as one of the key objectives of the MOU. These developments pave the pave the way for programs to create financial inclusion of all in Egypt, especially the rural women. Although Egypt has made a huge leap in financial inclusion, most Egyptian women, especially rural women, do not use formal financial services and the majority of adults in the poorest communities do not deal with banks. Overall, Egypt has made massive stride to almost double the number of people with accounts in formal institutions, but the overall penetration is still relatively low (32.8%). Rural accounts outreach is lower (29% against 33% nationally). While the rate of formal account penetration among women has more than tripled between 2011 and 2017 (from 7% to 27%), it is still less than the rate among men (39% in 2017), and the gender gap has kept increasing (from 6 percentage points in 2011 to 12 in 2017). Women who are financially excluded lack access to basic financial services, which in turn has an impact on their access to household expenditures (for food, health, education, etc.) and expenditures for business. Many, therefore, depend on informal sources of finance, generally at unfairly high-interest rates. It is in this context that financial inclusion initiatives aimed at women and managed by women assume greater importance. To ensure the effective coordination and implementation of the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt Programme, UN Women Egypt Country Office will be recruiting a National Programme Analyst. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Representative, and within the Women’s Economic Empowerment team, the Programme Analyst is expected to provide substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, coordination, implementation and evaluation, including coordinating the programme team. She / He will manage and facilitate the delivery of UN Women programme by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develop enhancements if necessary. She / He will work in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, government officials and civil society ensuring successful implementation of the programme.Apply Now
Duties and Responsibilities1. Coordinate the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt Programme
- Coordinate the overall Programme work plan development and implementation according to the approve programme document, implementation plan and budget;
- Gather inputs and coordinate among contributing colleagues within the Women’s Economic Empowerment portfolio the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports for the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion programme;
- Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
- Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks.
- Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt Programme
- Identify Capacity Building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training and Capacity Development initiatives, as needed.
- Contribute towards regular coordination and knowledge sharing withing the UN Country Team, so as to ensure programme’s coherence and relevance.
- Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes from the planning to the evaluation stages;
- Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required;
- Draft and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports; coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide inputs from Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion in Rural Egypt programme activities and results to the Country Office’s reporting.
- Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners;
- Supervise the Programme Analyst and contribute to the supervision of the Programme Associate recruited under the Women’s Financial and Economic Inclusion programme.
- Coordinate with other Programme Analysts in the UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Team, as required;
- Provide inputs to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies.
- Document the programme implementation process and products;
- Contribute to the exchange of information and provide inputs to the development of knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
- Coordinate the organization of major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Good budget and finance skills
- Good knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
- Good analytical skills
- Knowledge of UN programme Management Systems
Required Skills and ExperienceEducation and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in public Administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas 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 (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.
- At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to thematic area;
- Minimum 2 years experience in working on women’s economic empowerment, particularly in the area of financial and economic inclusion;
- Minimum 2 years’ experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects is an asset.
- Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment.
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Make sure that you provide a valid email address for future communications.