Programme Specialist

UN Women

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Under its current SN, UN Women cooperates closely with the government, civil society, academia, private sector and the media to advance social, economic and political rights and opportunities for women and girls, placing special focus on those from marginalized, excluded and under-represented groups. These include rural women, Romani women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, elderly women and others. UN Women’s operation in Moldova focuses on bringing about concrete change in the lives of women and the society towards the long-term impact of achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country. Specifically, the SN2018-2022 will advance progress under the following three Impact Areas (IA): IA1: More women from diverse groups fully participate and lead in governance processes and institutions, IA2: Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, IA3: Public authorities, institutions and communities prevent violence against women and girls and deliver quality essential services. Towards these Impact Areas, UN Women works with variety of national and international partners to challenge gender-based stereotypes and towards the creation of an environment, whereby women act as key agents of change towards greater equality and development, in partnership with men and boys.

Under the impact on preventing violence against women and girls and delivery of quality essential services, UN Women will contribute to the realization of the Outcome: Parliament and Government adopt and implement laws, policies and strategies to prevent violence against women and girls and deliver quality essential services, which is planned to be implemented via three inter-connected outputs: Output 1: Public institutions have capacities to apply international norms and standards in developing and implementing laws, policies and services towards eliminating VAW, Output 2: Target communities and institutions, including in the field of education, have knowledge and tools to combat stereotypes and gender discrimination and advance favorable social norms that prevent VAW and Outcome 3: Women and girls, especially from excluded groups, have knowledge and skills to exercise their rights to essential services.

Contributing to the realization of this Outcome, UN Women will continue supporting the implementation and further alignment of the legislative and policy framework on preventing and combating violence against women, in line with the national commitments and international norms and standards, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)and the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). UN Women will build and expand on its experience employing adaptive solutions by empowering survivors of violence from various backgrounds to speak up and advocate for concrete actions with their peers as well as with authorities and the media.

Reporting to Deputy Country Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under their portfolio.  The Programme Specialist works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Design, develop and coordinate programme strategies in the area of Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW).

Manage the implementation and management of the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)programme

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to personnel and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.

Manage the people and financial resources of the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Analyst and Programme Associates;
  • Mentor and coach personnel and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

Contribute to inter-agency coordination on EVAW to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners  in the country

  • Provide technical support to Country Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the EVAW area;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to EVAW as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on EVAW area.

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;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners;
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives.

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.

Experience:

  • 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 EVAW area;
  • 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 Romanian is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Source: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=115838

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Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

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