UN Women Programme Coordinator, Women, Peace and Security.
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.
The UN Women West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) in Dakar, Senegal, was established in 2013. The office, through its regional thematic advisers, works to provide strategic guidance and support for mandate implementation to UN Women country offices and programs; analyzes regional trends and emerging issues related to the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality in West and Central Africa; facilitates UN regional-level coordination activities and partnership-building with regional organizations; and oversees knowledge production and knowledge management to inform policy direction.
UN Women is committed to ensuring equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of peace, security, and humanitarian action with a goal of a more peaceful and gender equal societies through the women, peace and security agenda. The impact of conflict is often measured by casualties: Women and girls face heightened risks due to displacement and the breakdown of normal protection structures and support, gender-based violence. Also, Women and girls are disproportionately exposed to risk, increased loss of livelihoods, security, and even lives, during and in the aftermath of conflicts and insecurity.
Brief Project Description
The United Nations is supporting efforts for peace and security in the Sahel region, which is experiencing complex security, political and humanitarian challenges. It is home to the resounding constraints of extreme poverty, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, frequent food crises, an average population growth rate of 3.2%, unresolved internal tensions, the reality of violent extremism (VE) including women and youth radicalization, illicit trafficking and terrorist-linked security threats. Currently, the region has a growing number of terrorist movements and some countries including Nigeria, Niger and Chad are also facing attacks by Boko-Haram. These various terrorist movements lead to crises that degrade the security situation in the Sahelo-Sahelian strip. The security fragility is characterized by mass killings, drug, arms and human trafficking, abductions and kidnappings, individual and collective rapes, forced and early marriages, collective marriages, sexual slavery of women and girls and other forms of violence against women. The presence of such terrorist groups lead to crises that further degrade the security situation in the Sahelo-Sahelian strip.
Empirical evidence from research has pointed to the need to take women’s rights into account and involve them in peace efforts as underlined in the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and all the subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Although the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and community conflicts in the Sahel have an adverse impact on both men and women, they have a disproportionate impact on women and girls. Armed conflicts and increase in terrorism has resulted in mass displacements within and outside the Sahel region, with adverse effects on populations and especially on women and children. Of particular concern is the security of women and girls, risk of sexual violence, deepening poverty and their ability to cope with the heavy burden of care during crisis. The protection of women will need gender sensitive security reform in all countries, gender and human rights respect by the different forces in the region) and the protection of women in humanitarian situation. It is at the same time crucial to emphasize women’s leadership and contributions to addressing the current security crisis in the Sahel by building on ongoing initiatives and achievements recorded at regional level, to strengthen and consolidate women’s voice and agency as an inseparable value and important ingredient to securing stability and economic growth in the Sahel region.
In this context, UNWOMEN has developed a regional flagship programme entitled: “Programme to accelerate the implementation of the women’s peace and security agenda for better conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the sahel region”. The Overall objective of this program is promoting sustainable peace through greater participation of women in efforts to prevent and counter Violent extremism and community conflicts in the G5 Sahel. It aims to achieve 3 key results:
A conducive environment to the implementation of commitments and norms on women, peace and security is strengthened at national and regional level
Women’s civil society groups are capacitated to engage in strategies to prevent extremist violence and promote social cohesion
Women and children are better respected both in conflict situation and in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism
UNWOMEN seeks to recruit a Programme coordinator who will coordinate the implementation of the programme which is implemented in 5 countries of the Sahel region: Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad.
About the Position and/or Portfolio
Under the overall supervision of the WCARO Policy Adviser for Peace, Security and Humanitarian action, the Prorgamme Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of a regional Programme on peace and security. The portfolio of the Programme Coordinator includes coordinating relationships with national and regional partners and stakeholders, and the monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate the Women, Peace and security Programme/Portfolios
- Coordinate the overall Programme/Portfolio work plan development and implementation according to Strategic Note/ programme document;
- Liaise with national counterparts, donors, UN Women and partners to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed;
- Prepare and present 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, national partners and other stakeholders
- Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the women peace and security Programme/Portfolio, raise potential problems and provide solutions;
- Provide guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results;
- Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.
Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the women, peace and security 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; review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide inputs from women, peace and security programme activities and results to Regional Office reporting.
Manage financial resources and supervise staff
- Supervise and manage a team of professional and 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
Key performance indicators
- Timely and quality implementation of Programme/Portfolio activities against set workplans, timelines and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note
- Quality and timely reporting
- Strong relations with partners and stakeholders
- Regular and timely monitoring of activities
- Timely and quality implementation of advocacy events in line with work plan
- Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Strong budget and finance skills
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Strong analytical skills
- Good knowledge of UN programme management systems
Required Skills and Experience
- 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 in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national/regional partners, preferably related to gender, peace-security and humanitarian affairs;
- Experience in joint programming and working with different partners;
- Experience in Africa and particularly the Sahel;
- Experience in developing program documents on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in peace and security processes
- Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects;
- Previous experience working in the UN system is an asset.
- Fluency in English and french is required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset
Closing date : 21 October 2021.