United Nations Jobs – Programme Specialist, Political Participation and Leadership at UN WOMEN

Organization: UN WOMEN
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Representative
Post Level: NO-C
About US:
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.
Job Summary: The Programme Specialist, Political Participation
and Leadership will be responsible for the formulation, management and
implementation of UN Women programmes under his/her portfolio. The incumbent provides
technical expertise on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic
approach to address opportunities and challenges in women’s political
participation and leadership in Uganda. The Programme Specialist analyses
political, social and economic trends provides policy advisory services to
partners in government, UN, development partners, CSOs and academia; she/he
works closely with UN Women thematic advisors at regional office and at
headquarters, ensuring successful implementation of the UN Women Uganda
Strategic Framework 2016 -2020, under his/her portfolio. The Programme
Specialist provides regular analysis of policies and practices to senior
management and compiles lessons learned for formulation of strategic
interventions, including support on resource mobilization.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Provide advisory and
programme development services to the Political Participation and Leadership
  • Draft country strategy documents, briefs,
    policy dialogue and other documents related to Political Participation and
    Leadership in Uganda;
  • Draft the design and formulation of
    programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • The incumbent will translate the priorities
    of the Strategic Note in Political Participation and Leadership into
    programme interventions;
  • Actively participate in meetings and policy
    dialogues on issues related to Political Participation on behalf of UN
    Women, as necessary;
  • Identify areas for support and interventions
    within the Political Participation and Leadership Portfolio;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the
    Office Management, as necessary.
2. Manage the
implementation and management of the Political Participation and Leadership
  • Finalize the annual workplan and
    budget and oversee implementation;
  • Finalize reports on activities,
    outputs and outcomes; as well as donor and UN Women reports;
  • Ensure adherence to standard UN Women
    procedures in planning and implementation of programmes/ project;
  • Ensure synergies within and with
    other programme/ project teams;
  • Manage the technical implementation
    andconceptualization of the programme/project;
  • Manage the submission of implementing
    partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide support to staff and partners
    on RBM tools and performance indicators.
  • Oversee technical assistance and
    capacity development to project/programme partners:
  • Build, strengthen and manage
    relationships with national partners to support implementation and
    expansion of the Political Participation and Leadership Portfolio; respond
    to any potential problems
  • Identify capacity building needs of
  • Provide partners with technical
    assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives.
3. Manage the monitoring
and reporting of the Political Participation and Leadership Portfolio:
  • Manage the monitoring of
    implementation of activities and finances using the results based
    management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and write
    reports on monitoring missions;
  • Prepare and submit quarterly reports
    and donor reports.
  • Manage people and financial resources
    of the programme:
  • Responsible for overall programme
  • Draft financial reports;
  • Mentor and supervise team;
  • Write terms of reference for new
    staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as
4. Contribute to
inter-agency coordination:
  • Offer technical support 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;
  • Actively participate in country level
    Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar
    exercises related to the RC system;
  • Prepare inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other
  • Write analytical and regular progress reports
    on UN Women’s programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency
    coordination role.
5. 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;
  • Keenly analyze and research information on
    donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation,
    identification of opportunities for cost sharing;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation,
    based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities
    and develop the relevant partnerships.
6. Lead advocacy,
knowledge building and communication efforts:
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their
  • Develop and expand knowledge management
    strategies, products and methodologies on Political Participation and
  • Manage the process of identifying and
    synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly
    linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their
    global dissemination.
  • Perform any other job related duties assigned
    by supervisor and the Country Representative.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the United Nations
    UN WOMEN Programme Specialist, Political Participation and Leadership job
    opportunity should hold a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Law,
    Political Science, Development Studies or closely related fields.
  • At least five years of relevant experience at
    the national or international level in programmes to advance women’s
    political participation, leadership and decision making, with
    responsibility for the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and
    evaluation of projects;
  • Detailed working knowledge of international,
    regional and national instruments, resolutions, policies and conventions
    that protect women’s human rights, including Convention for the
    Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Beijing
    Platform for Action (BPFA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Strong links with national networks, actors
    and partners in government, civil society, traditional leaders,
    parliament, media, academia, private sector, including experience in
    strengthening capacities of national and local partners;
  • Proven skills in resource mobilization on
    gender and democratic governance programming and familiarity with donor
    priorities in Uganda.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken
Personal Competencies:
Core values:
  • 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.
  • Respect for 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.
Core Competencies:
  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and promote ethics and
    integrity by creating organizational precedents.
  • Organizational Awareness: Build support for the organization
    and ensure political acumen
  • Development and Innovation: Support
    staff competence development, and contribute to an environment of
    creativity and innovation
  • Work in teams: Build and promote effective 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.
  • Communication and Information Sharing: Create
    and promote an environment for open and 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: Share
    knowledge across the organization and build a culture of knowledge sharing
    and learning.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Ensure
    fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk.
  • Proven ability to lead the formulation,
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad
    strategic networks and partnerships;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Strong conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Very strong oral and written communication
  • Strong knowledge of RBM;
  • Working knowledge of Political Participation
    and Leadership;
How to Apply: 
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Deadline: 8th March 2016
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