Programme Specialist, WPS

UN Women - In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on 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, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Programme Specialist, WPSLocation: AbujaType of Contract: FTA LocalPost Level: NO-CDuration of Initial Contract: Initial duration of one yearBackgroundUN 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.In Nigeria, UN Women works to support the Government’s national development agenda, which prioritizes the empowerment of women and girls and their contribution to all areas of economic, political and social development. The objective of building and sustaining peace and security across the country is critical for Nigeria, which faces several security challenges including the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, the Farmers/Herders conflict in the Middle Belt, and conflicts over natural resources in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.Ongoing efforts to address these conflicts often overlook women’s role and contributions. Women are often seen only as victims of conflicts that need to be protected rather than agents of change for peace. This leaves untapped, the potential and capacities of women whose contributions can be harnessed to promote transformative change and sustainable peace.Through its just-concluded program on, Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria (2014-2018),  UN Women has worked to support the Nigerian government (federal level), three northern states (Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe) and selected constituent local government areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings, by ensuring the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). UN Women is planning to expand its women peace and security portfolio to a second phase, which will focus on policy support to the Government of Nigeria towards implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 at national and state levels, including strengthening the capacity of policymakers to advocate and promote for gender-responsive security policies. The Women Peace and Security (WPS) programme will also seek to support the establishment and training of a women peace mediators’ network; support gender-responsive security sector policies; and strengthen the role and engagement of the media in promoting the WPS agenda.UN Women will recruit a Programme Specialist to support implementation of the next phase of its WPS programme in Nigeria. Under the strategic guidance of the Country Representative, and with day-to-day reporting to the UN Women Deputy Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under the WPS thematic area in close collaboration with a senior technical consultant and other project staff.  She/he 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 ResponsibilitiesDesign and develop programme strategies in the area of WPS:Design and formulate programme strategies to guide roll-out of UN Women’s WPS programme;Undertake ongoing research and analysis to inform refinement of programme strategiesDraft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to WPSManage the implementation and management of the WPS programme:Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation in accordance with the program documentFacilitate the technical implementation of the programme in consultation with a senior WPS consultant, and ensure synergies with other teams;Oversee timely submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reportsProvide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicatorsOrganize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WPS Program, respond to any potential problemsProvide guidance and support to implementing partners to enhance programme implementation and reportingIdentify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives targeted to partners.•Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ projectMonitor programme implementation and finances, using results-based management toolsMonitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by partners and conduct regular monitoring visitsPrepare quarterly and annual progress reports, including reports to donorsProvide inputs from WPS programme activities and results to inform corporate reporting requirementsManage the people and financial resources of the WPS programme:Manage the programme budget and draft financial reportsOversee programme financial monitoring, including budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reportingOversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to implementing partnersOversee recruitment processes, as necessaryOversee the work of programme staff under direct supervision, and provide mentorship and coaching support as necessaryBuild partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;Review donor funding trends and priorities and identify opportunities for resource mobilization;Prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of donor cooperation and identify opportunities for cost sharing.Contribute to inter-agency coordination on WPS to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners  in the country:Provide technical support to the 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 WPS programRepresent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to WPS as necessary;Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;Organize major advocacy campaigns, trainings, workshops and knowledge products to share lessons on the WPS programme.Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on WPSEnsure documentation of the WPS programme implementation process and products, in accordance with UN Women guidelines;Contribute to the sharing and exchange of information and WPS knowledge products internally and externally through the programmeKey Performance Indicators:Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic NoteTimely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including securityTimely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmesRelations with partners and stakeholdersQuality reports and timely submissionRegular communication with other agencies and partnersQuality of advocacy and communication initiativesCompetenciesCore Values:Respect for DiversityIntegrityProfessionalismCore Competencies:Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender IssuesAccountabilityCreative Problem SolvingEffective CommunicationInclusive CollaborationStakeholder EngagementLeading by ExampleFunctional Competencies:Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skillsStrong knowledge of Results Based ManagementAbility to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-makingStrong knowledge of WPSStrong analytical skillsAbility to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies 

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