Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas 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.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national and/or regional partners, preferably related to ending violence against women and girls;
- Experience the field of ending violence against women and girls is required, preferably in East and Southern Africa;
- Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects is required;
- Strong knowledge of and experience working with women’s rights and feminist organizations in the region is required.
- Previous experience working in the UN system is desirable.
Coordinate the EVAW Programme focused on strengthening women’s rights movements, coalition building and advocacy to end violence against women and girls:
- Coordinate the ESARO Programme work plan development and implementation according to programme document;
- Liaise with the Regional Policy Specialist for EVAW, global and regional counterparts, donors, UN Women and partners to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed;
- Prepare regional presentation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports to the Programme Board and UN Women;
- Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
- Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks.
Guide coordination with regional partners and other stakeholders:
- Coordinate relationships with regional partners and country-level stakeholders in the region to support implementation and expansion of the Programme, raise potential problems and provide solutions;
- Provide guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results;
- Identify capacity development needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.
Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the Programme/Portfolios:
- Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects from the planning to the evaluation stages;
- Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by partners; conduct regular monitoring visits;
- Write annual and quarterly reports for the region; review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide inputs from programme activities and results to ESARO reporting.
Manage financial resources and supervise staff:
- Supervise and manage a team of administrative staff, review performance and mentor/ coach staff;
- Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the Programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners.
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
- Provide technical support to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
- Identify potential programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, regional needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.
Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication:
- Ensure documentation of the programme implementation process and products produced are in accordance with UN Women guidelines;
- Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
- Organize major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.
Oversee the design of research, policy advocacy and campaigning initiatives and the development of relevant knowledge products under the programme:
- Oversee any regional research initiatives in line with the programme document to advance advocacy priorities of women’s rights and feminist organizations;
- Research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on ending violence against women and girls in their diversity;
- Work with women’s rights and feminist organizations, other partners, HQ and communications team to develop, design and implement advocacy actions and campaigns to advance the priorities of the programme;
- Work closely with and provide advice to global/regional/ national bodies and interagency groups to influence policies, resolutions and other outcomes related to EVAW and women’s rights movements and where necessary represent UN Women;
- Identify promising practices, technical expertise, and strategic opportunities in ending violence against women and strengthening women’s rights and feminist movements in the region.