Sunday, January 12, 2014

Head – Governance Programme - UN Women

UN WOMEN/MCO/SC/2014/001

Date of Issue: 10th January 2014
Closing Date : 25th January 2014

I. Position Information

Job Code Title :          Head – Governance Programme 
Organization                :          United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the
                                               Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
Classified Grade          :           NO-D
Direct supervisor      :          Representative, UNWOMEN MCO
Duty Station                 :          New Delhi , India
Type of Contract          :           Temporary Appointment
No. of positions            :           One
Duration                       :          January to 30 June 2014
*Open to Indian Nationals only

This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex with an approach to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, to promote equal opportunities. UN does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS status. All selections are based on merit 

II. Organizational Context

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.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of UN Women Representative. The Programme Head for the Governance Programme will lead the project on Governance and advise Senior Management on national and regional policies on governance. The Programme  Head (Governance) will provide analysis for formulation of strategies on governance issues to the Senior Management. S/he will work closely with government counterparts both at Central and State level , civil society organizations specifically in India and the region to support, policy advocacy and trainings, coalitions and lobbying for strengthening the capacity of elected women representatives, and addressing the legal and policy commitments towards women’s political participation in India.
The Programme Head will lead a team of experts, international and national consultants and project staff. The Programme Head will maintain a network with colleagues from UN Women in the multi country offices, UN Agencies, government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society

III. Functions and key results expected

1.Leading and supervising a team of experts, consultants and project staff
2.Provide strategic and substantive leadership and manage the Women in Local Governance Project effectively to ensure that progress is made in achieving its goals and objectives in line with its strategic and operational plans.
3.Build strategic partnerships with government and civil society partners, donors, the media and the private sector
4.Engaging with civil society organizations to advocate for strengthening the Panchayati Raj institution
5.Provide top quality and innovative policy advocacy for promotion of UN Women’s vision and goal on good governance among critical stakeholders
6.Supporting the partner training institutes to develop capacity building tools that empower women elected leaders to assert their rights individually and collectively ensuring that the training curriculum and tools are demand-driven and respond to the needs of the elected women representatives at the local governance level
7.Supporting and strengthening linkages with existing women’s coalitions for becoming pressure groups and demanding accountability for incorporation of women’s needs
8.Setting up a monitoring and evaluation framework along with a learning and dissemination system for the project in the next phase of the project
9.Contributing to knowledge networks and communities of practice through identification of best practices and lessons learned;
10.Strengthening national and regional institutions of capacity delivery and administrative machinery that respond to the challenges of leadership and governance in South Asia
11.Developing partnerships with bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector on possible areas of collaboration
12.Strengthening partnerships with government officials at all levels to ensure that UN Women inputs are aligned to national and regional responses
13.Ensuring the visibility of UN Women’s work on women in governance by engaging actively but appropriately with media organizations
14.Organizing substantive meetings of the steering committee and the advisory committee and ensuring sound guidance and advice to these mechanisms
15.Ensuring that progress is made in achieving the goals and objectives of the project in line with the project AWPs and UN Women values and mission and through strategic and substantive inputs for project implementation.
16.Undertaking technical assistance and monitoring missions to the project sites;
17.Identifying capacity development needs and developing adequate solutions to ensure effective project implementation;
18.Developing, finalizing and implementing annual work plans and budget forecasts to ensure timely and effective implementation within the given timeframe;
19.Managing and overseeing overall project budget, in consultation with the Representative , and in close collaboration with the administrative and finance head;
20.Building collaboration with regional, national and state capacity development institutions to engender curricula for elected women leaders;
21.Strengthening partnerships with government, UN agencies and other stakeholders to strengthen women in governance and their constituencies;
22.Ensuring information flow and team-building across the diverse network of partners and stakeholders involved in the project;
23.Utilizing effectively ongoing coordination mechanisms to ensure coherence of the project with other processes in the country including national development policies, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj;
24.Ensuring effective partnership, networking and coordination between other ongoing UN Women projects, projects and activities for a more holistic and coherent approach to project implementation
25.Identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learnt and feeding them back into the project within countries in the region, including contribution to knowledge products on gender and development in the proposal for the next phase;
26.Any other task assigned by UN Women Representative

IV. Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the success of the Governance programme within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as facilitation of knowledge building & sharing.

V. Competencies

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
•      Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
•      Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
•      Development and Innovation:Take charge of self-development and take initiative
•      Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
•      Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
•    Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others
•   Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
•      Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
•       Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making
• Ability to perform a broad range of specialized activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning of the Programme unit including logistical support;
• Ability to provide input to business process re-engineering, elaboration and implementation of new data management systems;
• Creates, edits and presents information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality; • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
• Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
• Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client's perspective; anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly;
• Ability to administer and execute financial processes and transactions;
• Ability to manage data, documents, correspondence and reports information and workflow

VI. Recruitment Qualifications

Masters/PHD in political or social sciences, Politics and/ or international affairs i.e. international development studies, gender/women’s studies, political science and good governance, human rights, development planning, or related technical field. Capacity to analyze quantitative data is an advantage.
Minimum 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level especially on women’s political participation, human rights, gender and development, gender and good governance. Experience in programme and policy analysis, strategic planning and field experience in conflict situations. Experience with women’s organizations or women in politics internationally and in the field desirable. Minimum 7 years of experience on professional project management and monitoring and evaluation.
Language Requirements:
Fluency in English and working knowledge of Hindi.

Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the :
  1. Application for the position.
  2.  “Personal History Form - P 11” 
  3.  Latest CV.
Application to this vacancy should be sent to Please insert Vacancy Announcement Number in the Subject of the E-mail.  Applications without the Vacancy Number or with the incorrect Vacancy Number will not be accepted. Applications received after the close date will not be accepted.
NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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