United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Officer (Peacebuilding)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

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. About the Position Reporting to the Programme Analyst, UN Women Sri Lanka, the Project Officer contributes to the implementation and effective management of the UN Women Project “Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka” (EWPC Phase II). The EWPC Phase II focuses on empowering women, including the most marginalized, to strengthen the peacebuilding processes and social cohesion in Sri Lanka while supporting the implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. To realise this end, the Project focuses on achieving 3 Outputs;
  1. An enabling environment for validating and implementing policies on Women, Peace and Security is promoted, including through the support to the Government and CSOs.

  2. Women and women groups have capacity, resources and skills to promote peace and social cohesion at community level.

  3. Coordination and knowledge sharing at local, national and regional level is fostered by acting as the national secretariat for the G7 WPS Initiative.

The project officer provides substantive inputs to programme formulation, implementation and evaluation at all levels. S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of the EWPC Phase II Project by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women ROAP staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio. Duties and Responsibilities Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Women, Peace and Security (WPS)
  • Provide substantive inputs to the formulation of project proposals and initiatives;

  • Identify areas for support and interventions related to the programme.

Provide substantive Technical Support to the implementation and management of the EWPC Phase II Project
  • Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget;

  • Lead the implementation of programme activities;

  • Lead the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;

  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;

  • Train partners on Results Based Management and monitor implementation.

Provide technical assistance and Capacity Development to project partners
  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities;

  • Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WPS agenda

  • Identify opportunities for Capacity Building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.

Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project
  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using Results-based Management tools;

  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs and outcomes;

  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.

Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the EWPC Phase II Project
  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;

  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;

Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies
  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;

  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;

  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to WPS;

  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;

  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on WPS.

Key Performance Indicators
  • Timely and quality substantive inputs programme strategies and activities;

  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets;

  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules;

  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;

  • Relationship with partners and stakeholders;

  • Timely organization of events;

  • Quality of knowledge and advocacy products.

Competencies 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
  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management

  • Good analytical skills

  • Good knowledge on WPS, Conflict Resolution and peacebuilding

  • Good knowledge on UN Women strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s rights.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

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 with 2 years’ experience.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in combination with 5 years’ experience

Work Experience
  • Progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;

  • Experience in implementing projects related to women’s empowerment and/or women, peace and security is an asset;

  • Experience in preparing succinct analytical documents and briefs and donor reports in English.

  • experience in organizing multi-stakeholder meetings and coordinating with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, civil society and non-governmental organizations, women groups, and local communities.

  • Experience in coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset.

Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English and a local language (Sinhala and/or Tamil) is required

  • Knowledge of United Nations systems and its coordination mechanisms is an asset.

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