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Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity charged with working for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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About UN WOMEN

UN Women is an organization within the United Nations (UN) system that is dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. It was established in 2010 and is headquartered in New York City.

The primary goal of UN Women is to accelerate progress towards achieving gender equality globally. It works towards this goal by advocating for women’s rights, supporting the development of policies and programs that promote gender equality, and providing technical and financial assistance to countries that are striving to improve women’s rights and opportunities.

UN Women focuses on several key areas of work, including:

  1. Leadership and political participation: UN Women supports efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership positions and decision-making processes at all levels, including in politics, government, and civil society.
  2. Economic empowerment: UN Women promotes women’s economic empowerment by advocating for equal access to economic opportunities, supporting entrepreneurship and income-generating activities for women, and working to eliminate gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
  3. Ending violence against women: UN Women works to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. It supports initiatives to improve laws and policies, strengthen support services for survivors, and raise public awareness about the issue.
  4. Peace and security: UN Women promotes women’s participation in peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes, recognizing the important role that women can play in building and sustaining peace.
  5. Sustainable development: UN Women advocates for gender equality to be integrated into all aspects of sustainable development, including the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women collaborates with governments, civil society organizations, and other UN agencies to implement its programs and initiatives. It also conducts research, collects data, and produces reports on gender equality issues to inform policy and decision-making.

It’s important to note that my knowledge cutoff is September 2021, so there may have been developments or updates regarding UN Women since then.

Why work at UN WOMEN

UN Women is an organization within the United Nations (UN) system that is dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. It was established in 2010 and is headquartered in New York City.

The primary goal of UN Women is to accelerate progress towards achieving gender equality globally. It works towards this goal by advocating for women’s rights, supporting the development of policies and programs that promote gender equality, and providing technical and financial assistance to countries that are striving to improve women’s rights and opportunities.

UN Women focuses on several key areas of work, including:

  1. Leadership and political participation: UN Women supports efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership positions and decision-making processes at all levels, including in politics, government, and civil society.
  2. Economic empowerment: UN Women promotes women’s economic empowerment by advocating for equal access to economic opportunities, supporting entrepreneurship and income-generating activities for women, and working to eliminate gender-based discrimination in the workplace.
  3. Ending violence against women: UN Women works to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. It supports initiatives to improve laws and policies, strengthen support services for survivors, and raise public awareness about the issue.
  4. Peace and security: UN Women promotes women’s participation in peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes, recognizing the important role that women can play in building and sustaining peace.
  5. Sustainable development: UN Women advocates for gender equality to be integrated into all aspects of sustainable development, including the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women collaborates with governments, civil society organizations, and other UN agencies to implement its programs and initiatives. It also conducts research, collects data, and produces reports on gender equality issues to inform policy and decision-making.

It’s important to note that my knowledge cutoff is September 2021, so there may have been developments or updates regarding UN Women since then.

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee and Manage South Sudan Women Economic Empowerment Project (SSWSEEP).

  • Lead the development, implementation, and monitoring of South Sudan Women Economic Empowerment Project, including the budget and results framework;
  • Manage delivery of the day-to-day programme activities to ensure prompt and adequate delivery of results;
  • Ensure effective use of resources and compliance with UN Women rules, policies, and procedures as well as donor/fund requirements;
  • Lead the preparation for programme audits and implementation of recommendations.

Manage technical guidance and capacity development to project/programme partners.

  • Lead and oversee the provision of substantive technical advice and guidance to project/programme partners and develop technical products and documents as needed;
  • Lead relationship building with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the country programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Lead capacity building opportunities and initiatives of key institutions and mechanisms;
  • Provide timely advice on programmatic areas;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical advice, training, and capacity development initiatives.

Lead the monitoring and reporting of the programme.

  • Oversee the establishment of an effective monitoring system for the delivery of programme results;
  • Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual progress reports and donor reports and organize progress reviews, as necessary.

Lead the management of people and finances for the country programme.

  • Responsible for overall country programme budget; and office operations;
  • Review financial reports to ensure they are in accordance with UN Women procedures and submit the reports to UN Women HQ and donors;
  • Finalize terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary;
  • Manage the performance of personnel under the project by provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership as well as performance feedback and coaching;
  • Ensure performance assessment are completed on time and identify learning and development opportunities to support personnel’s engagement;
  • Ensure all personnel under the project are fully aware of UN Women’s workplace relations policies.

Lead in Stakeholder management, partnership building and resource mobilization strategies.

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with, government, the World Bank team, civil society organization and other stakeholders and donors;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs, the SSWSEEP needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships;
  • Provide strategic support to the development of a resource mobilization strategy and support resource mobilization efforts for the project.

Lead knowledge building and sharing and communications and advocacy strategy.

  • Lead the development and expansion of knowledge management strategies and methodologies for the project; lead the development and implementation of communications/advocacy initiatives;
  • 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;
  • Introduce innovation and best practices to enhance programme performance.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the South Sudan Women Economic Empowerment Project (SSWSEEP).

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process#_Values

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Excellent knowledge of RBM principles and approaches;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Excellent knowledge of country and/or region;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country.

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 (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience at the national and/or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects is required;
  • Experience in gender equality, women’s economic empowerment is required;
  • Experience in establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments is required;
  • Experience leading and coaching diverse staff in international settings is required;
  • Experience working with International Financial Institutions is an added advantage;
  • Ending violence against women and human rights of women experience is desirable;
  • Experience in administrative systems and UN system norms is desirable;
  • Experience in the region is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish);

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