United Nations Programme Officer Jobs – UN Women

Job Title:             Programme Officer
Organization: United Nations
Women (UN Women)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Coordination
Job Opening Number: 6477
About Us:
The 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, the UN Women leads and coordinates the
United Nations system-wide efforts to ensure that commitments on gender
equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and
coherent leadership and technical advice in support of Member States’
priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and
other relevant actors.
About Project:
In recent months there has been a sudden increase in the humanitarian
crisis in Uganda. Insecurity in neighboring countries, such as the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, has led to an increase of refugees to
Uganda. In addition, food insecurity and malnutrition has risen. The aim of the
project is to safeguard Gender Equality in all humanitarian action
interventions and coordination mechanisms and ensure women’s rights advocates
are empowered to voice their needs in humanitarian crisis and beyond.
Job Summary: The Programme
Officer analyzes political, social and economic trends and supports
formulation, management, operation, humanitarian partner support and evaluation
of program activities within his/her portfolio and provides advisory services
to partners in local government, UN and CSOs in West Nile and Northern Uganda.
Through the Gender and Humanitarian Specialist, the incumbent provides analysis
for formulation of strategies and briefings to senior management while being
based in Gulu with regular travel to the Refugee settlements in Northern
Uganda. The incumbent will be tasked with the administration and implementation
of humanitarian programmes, processes and procedures; provision of finance,
administrative and monitoring and evaluation support to Humanitarian
Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
Key Duties and
Technical Support:
Under the guidance of the supervisor, supports
the organisation, coordination, monitoring and support to the activities of UN
Women Humanitarian Projects in West Nile and Northern Uganda and partners in
relation to the administrative implementation of the project;
Participates in the formulation, design,
implementation, monitoring and reporting of UN Women Humanitarian Programmes in
West Nile and northern Uganda;
Provide technical advice and support to
implementing partners and to apply lessons learnt and recommendations from
project evaluation;
Ensure quality and timely implementation of the
programme, including documentation of good practices, success stories as well
as high quality and timely reporting for results;
In close collaboration with partners, monitor
programme delivery and take timely corrective action as necessary, in line with
UN Women policies and procedures;
Maintain budget awareness and ensure funds are
utilised in line with agreed plan and budgets. Entering projects into Atlas,
finalization of contribution agreements; determination of required revisions;
coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of
projects through review;
Financial and substantive monitoring and
evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial
problems, development of solutions;
Maintain awareness of contractual obligations
with donors and ensure full compliance of reporting requirements;
Conduct environmental policy scanning on a
continuous basis for West Nile and Northern Uganda and regularly update and
advise the head office accordingly.
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
Work in close collaboration with the Monitoring
and Evaluation Specialist – collect, compile, analyse and share periodic data/
information on programme performance to inform continued programme efficiency
and effectiveness;
Ensure effective application of RBM tools,
establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of
results, in close collaboration with the M&E Specialist;
Ensure that aggregate reports are regularly
prepared and submitted on time.
Administrative and Miscellaneous Duties:
Ensure all travel undertaken complies with all
requirements for travel and is approved in line with the travel plan;
Assist in writing program proposals;
Perform any other duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN
Women Programme Officer job opportunity should hold a Master’s Degree or
equivalent in Social Sciences, especially in gender studies, Gender Based
Violence or related field.
At least five years of relevant experience at
the national or international level in gender equality and women’s empowerment
programming and implementation as well as providing management advisory
services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of
development projects;
Broad understanding and applies fundamental
concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty
relating to the position;
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational
policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently
in work tasks;
Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through
self-directed study and other means of learning;
Demonstrates good knowledge of information
technology and applies it in work assignments;
Demonstrates in-depth understanding and
knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes
these regularly in work assignments.
Highly analytical and advocacy skills on gender
equality, women’s rights and empowerment of women issues especially with regard
to policy advocacy in line with security council resolution 1325, CEDAW and
Broad knowledge, familiarity and experience with
UN inter-agency coordination processes and or results based management for
advancing gender equality and women’s rights would be an asset;
Strong links with national networks on gender
equality and women’s rights in Uganda;
Experience in capacity building, gender
mainstreaming and gender auditing required;
Previous experience in the usage of computers
and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management
Language Requirements: Fluency in
written and spoken English is a must; Advanced spoken level of local languages in
West Nile and Northern Uganda is required; Basic working knowledge in any of
the UN working languages in Uganda is an added advantage.
Personal Competencies:
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda:
Preparing information for advocacy;
Identifies and communicates relevant information
for a variety of audiences for advocating UN Women’s mandate.
Results-Based Programme Development and Management:
Contributes into results through primary
research and analysis;
Assesses project performance to identify success
factors and incorporates best practices into project work;
Researches linkages across project activities to
identify critical points of integration;
Monitors specific stages of projects/programme
Analyzes situation to identify gender and
humanitarian programme opportunities in West Nile and Northern for project
development and implementation;
Participates in the formulation of project
proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven
successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly.
Building Strategic Partnerships: Maintaining a network of contacts:
Maintains an established network of contacts for
general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related
Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening
strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders, including identifying of
areas for strengthening of capacities.
Resource Mobilization:
Providing inputs to resource mobilization
Analyzes information/databases on potential and
actual donors;
Develops a database of project profiles;
Identifies opportunities for project proposals
for presentation to donors, in close consultation with senior management.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Basic research and analysis;
Generates new ideas and approaches, researches
best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
Documents and analyses innovative strategies and
new approaches.
Core Competencies:
Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound
Self-development, initiative-taking;
Acting as a team player and facilitating team
Facilitating and encouraging open communication
in the team, communicating effectively;
Creating synergies through self-control;
Managing conflict;
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the
learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the
responsibility of each staff member;
Informed and transparent decision making.
NB: The United Nations
does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (Application,
interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not
concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the
United Nations Women (UN Women) in the aforementioned capacity should express
their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 15th November
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