Job Vacancies UN Women
Position: Programme Specialist
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Wednesday, 08 August 2012
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 womens rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates 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.
UN Women thematic clusters will bring together specialists supporting the normative and operational aspects of UN Womens mandate. The thematic cluster on Governance, Participation, Leadership includes the Leadership and Political Participation Section (LPP) established to support UN Womens fulfillment of the thematic priority to expand womens voice, leadership and participation through:
Promote normative and legal frameworks that embody principles of inclusion and participation of women
Provide support UN Women programing across all five geographic sections on leadership and political participation
Support adherence to gender equality measures across the UN System in relation to womens leadership and political participation.
The section is currently developing a Global Initiative on LPP which includes areas of work as follows:
Temporary Special Measures (TSMs)
Ending Violence Against Women in Politics (EVAWiP)
Local-level Governance vi) Parliaments and Parliamentarians
Youth and political participation
Media and Politics
In order to respond to the increasing demands from UN Women field offices reflected in the analysis of UN Women field offices Annual Work Plans 2012-2013, civil society partners, donors and UN partners, to provide specific and often short-term expertise on gender responsive Constitutional Reform and Electoral Assistance, UN Women LPP has prioritized these two areas for the period 2012-2013.
Under direct supervision of the Leadership and Political Participation Advisor and in close collaboration with Human Rights Section the program specialist will support the implementation of these two components of the global initiative on LPP. He/She will be in charge of:
Programme management, including operational guidance to field offices reporting and accountability
Support the communications and knowledge management strategies
Advocacy and partnership building at global level
Work with other HQ Units within UN Women different pillars to ensure synergy and collaboration with other programs and corporate initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Programme management operational support and coordination.
Knowledge building and communication.
Policy advocacy and partnership building globally
Programme management operational support and coordination
Ensure compliance with UN Womens development goals through results-based monitoring to ensure progress, timely and technical support and proactive oversight.
Develop Terms of References (TOR) related with the roster of experts to be deployed in the field and managing data base of roster.
Prepare project cooperation agreements with implementing partners and service providers.
Tracking budget performance and monitoring in close collaboration with the finance specialist and Geographic Sections.
Knowledge building and communication:
Support the knowledge management and communications strategies on electoral assistance and constitutional reform, for learning, advocacy, donor reporting aligned, accountability and resource mobilizatio.
Identify and document best practices and lessons learn and ensure internal dissemination and close collaboration with iKnowPolitics.
Ensure adequate knowledge sharing through the UN Women website & intranet, in close collaboration with UN Women different pillars.
Participate in internal corporate program and policy development including, task forces/working groups, Programme Appraisal Committee and any others as requested
Policy advocacy and partnership building globally:
Undertakes advocacy work and develop supportive networks and relevant global partnerships.
Assists in resource mobilization efforts.
Core values and Guiding principles:
Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making
Ability to interact and coordinate with diverse partners and stakeholders at national, regional and global levels
Demonstrate networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills
Ability to deal with multiple constituencies
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities as well as conflict resolution skills
Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to people of different cultures
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
Required Skills and Experience
Masters degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Development Studies, Gender and Development Studies, Sociology or related fields.
Minimum 5 years of relevant national and/or international experience in development.
Experience with women’s rights, economic and political empowerment is highly desirable.
Experience in managing, monitoring, and implementing results-based and rights-based national, sub-regional and regional programs is required.
A range of experience working in civil society, bilateral UN System and/or other multilateral organizations is highly desirable.
Fluency in written and spoken English
Fluency in another UN language is an asset
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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