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Background

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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments to gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. 

In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2023-2027), and the UN Women Nepal’s current Strategic Note (SN) 2023-2027, UN Women Nepal has identified “social norm change and gender based violence” and “gender responsive inclusive governance” as its key priorities highlighted in Outcome 1.2 “By 2027, more people, especially women, youth, children, and the most marginalized and poor, increasingly participate in and benefit from equitably improved quality social services at federal, provincial, and local levels” and Outcome 1.4 “By 2027, more people, especially women, youth, and the most marginalized and poor increasingly participate in and benefit from coordinated, inclusive, accessible, participatory, transparent, and gender-responsive governance, access to justice and human rights at federal, provincial, and local levels” respectively. At present, the Outcome 1.2 is merged with the Outcome 1.4 and the overall thematic area is now named at Gender Responsive Inclusive Governance (GRIG) Thematic Area.

Reporting to the Programme Specialist, the Programme Officer will be responsible for managing the assigned projects under the GRIG Thematic Area.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Develop and manage the programme/project including grant management under the GRIG Thematic Area

  • Programme development, management, monitoring and reporting from the result-based management approach throughout the programme/project cycles under the GRIG Thematic Area;
  • Responsible for day-to-day management, administration and decision-making of assigned programmes/projects;
  • Responsible for strategic planning process for the project and ensures its implementation in accordance with the signed project/programme documents;
  • Responsible for ensuring that the assigned programme/project produces the results specified in the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost;
  • Provide direction and guidance to the relevant programme/project team(s)/ responsible party (ies);
  • Identify and obtain any support and advice required for the better management, planning and control of the programme/project;
  • Manage programme/projects appraisal and evaluation requirements;
  • Contribute to writing the quality donor and internal reports from the result-based management approach;
  • Design a grants giving mechanism following UN Women rules and regulations;
  • Lead the design of the Call for Proposal and its dissemination among networks, lead the selection of grantees following UN Women’s rules and regulations; and
  • Manage and monitor the partners implementing activities under grant modality

2. Provide capacity building support to UN Women Nepal Country Office (NCO) partners

  • Provide capacity strengthening to UN Women’s partners for the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the assigned programme/project on GRIG; and
  • Implement and monitor capacity building initiatives of assigned programme/project partners

3.   Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key stakeholders from government, CSO (women’s network and groups), and development partners

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for strengthening GRIG; and
  • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant government, UN agencies and other relevant actors , provide inputs to updates and briefs on country situation to be used by NCO, UN Women’s Regional Office and HQ;

4. Support the Thematic Area for the resource mobilization on GRIG

  • Support the GRIG Thematic Area for the resource mobilization by development of concept notes, project; documents, development of thematic and programmatic briefs, participating in internal and relevant external discussions/meetings; and
  • Research and analyze information on potential donors for resource mobilisation.

5. Manage and design the development of relevant knowledge products

  • Provide inputs to policy recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on GRIG; good practices and learnings from relevant programmes/projects;
  • Contribute to develop analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on GRIG related programmes/projects; and
  • Identify promising practices, technical expertise in GRIG related programmes/projects

6. Manage knowledge building and sharing

  • Identify and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with the NCO, ROAP and HQ;
  • Ensure technical skills and knowledge are shared within and among NCO
  • Other adhoc duties as and when required

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

Functional Competencies

  • Strong knowledge and experience in programme/project management, implementation, monitoring and reporting from the result based management approach; 
  • Strong knowledge on the GRIG related issues such as social norm change, women’s (intersecting identities) leadership and participation, women’s access to justice;
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to interact with Government and CSO partners;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Strong analytical skills; and
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in gender studies, international relations, international development, sociology, international law or other relevant social science fields 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.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing; managing; monitoring and reporting Governance related programmes/projects with a particular focus on gender; inclusion; women’s leadership and participation; social norm change; women’s access to justice;
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations (women’s group/women rights organisations with intersecting identities);
  • Experience of managing grants with partners will be an added value;
  • Experience of writing quality donor reports with result based management approach; and
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset

Language Requirements:

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

Application Procedure (Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without complete documents will not be considered for further assessment). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • Motivation letter
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11), which can be downloaded from 

No Fee:

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH). Everyone is responsible for preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), and all UN personnel must adhere to the standards of conduct that preserve PSEA principles (both during work hours and outside work hours). All selected candidates will, therefore, go through a safe hiring process.

UN Women retain the right to contract referees directly. UN Women is committed to achieving workforce diversity (in term of gender, nationality, minority groups, caste/ethnic groups, Person with Disability etc.) and have a policy to have a gender balance among staff at all levels. Qualified female candidates and candidates particularly from disadvantaged and socially excluded groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Request for Disability-related Reasonable Accommodations: 

It is important for UN Women to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone.  Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to be recruited and to perform essential job functions.  Should you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and recruitment process, please direct your request and inquiries to . A member of the HR team responsible for reasonable accommodation will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs.  

This email will only be used for any disability-related accessibility requests and not for sending the application itself.

All applications will be treated with the highest confidentiality.

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