Programme Specialist, Gender-Responsive Climate Action, P-3

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Programme Specialist, Gender-Responsive Climate Action, P-3 2

Position description

The Women’s Climate Fund is intended to address the critical gaps in financing for women’s climate action and climate resilience and the need to ensure that women equally participate and benefit. The Fund is aligned with the UN Women’s Strategic Plan (2022-2025) and Gender Equality Accelerator on Gender-Responsive Climate Action and Green/Blue Economies. The expected outcome of the SPF component is that climate action and climate resilience building initiatives are gender responsive.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development, the Programme Specialist, Gender-Responsive Climate Action is responsible for managing the Promoting Gender-Responsive Climate Action component of the UAE SPF and will work closely with the Policy Specialist, Sustainable Development and colleagues across UN Women as well as external partners working in the gender and climate nexus.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support UAE SPF component on Promoting Gender-Responsive Climate Action

  • Manage the day-to-day technical implementation of the component
  • Provide technical advice and ensure synergies with other relevant teams in the Economic Empowerment section and across UN Women
  • Prepare the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation
  • Coordinate and oversee the team and provide guidance to UN Women staff and external partners
  • Recruit and manage consultants as necessary
  • Contribute to overall monitoring and evaluation and donor reporting of the SPF

Provide policy guidance, technical assistance and capacity development

  • Reinforce UN Women’s technical capacity to support gender-responsive climate action and climate resilience
  • Provide policy and technical support to countries, especially LDCs and SIDS, to close gender gaps in climate change strategies, policies and plans, including preparation and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), working with UN Women’s country and regional teams
  • Build capacities of national gender and climate change focal points (NGCCFPs), national gender equality mechanisms and women’s organizations to lead, advocate, and participate in climate action, resilience building and decent work in green/blue economies, working with UN Women’s country and regional teams
  • Support the global Community of Practice on climate and environment

Support establishment, operationalization and capitalization of Women’s Climate Fund

  • Research and identify the most efficient and cost-effective modalities to set up and run the Women’s Climate Fund, based on UN Women’s experience, modalities, rules and procedures
  • Support resource mobilization efforts and build relationships with partners and donors
  • Facilitate climate action by national gender equality mechanisms and women’s organizations, giving priority to LDCs and SIDS
  • Provide financial and technical support for women’s organizations to design and implement initiatives that build women’s resilience to climate change though climate-resilient and sustainable energy time- and effort-reducing technologies and practices and adaptive social protection and those that address the climate/care nexus

Provide support for advocacy and stakeholder and partner engagement with climate action, including in intergovernmental processes

  • Develop advocacy strategies and implement them in close collaboration with country, regional and global teams and collaborating with NGCCFPs, national gender equality mechanisms and women’s organizations, giving priority to LDCs and SIDS
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with stakeholders, partners and donors to raise awareness about gender-responsive climate action
  • Convene national, regional and global policy discussions and strategy sessions to propose and implement actions that will strengthen the gender focus on climate change and contribute to global processes and fora for gender-responsive climate action and climate resilience
  • Support national and regional partners to implement the gender outcomes from COP28, while building on the lessons learnt to inform the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan and COP29 and COP30 outcomes

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation.


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

  • Demonstrated achievement in the field of gender equality and sustainable development
  • Excellent knowledge of gender-responsive climate action
  • Ability to interact effectively with partners, stakeholders, donors and UN system
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills
  • Ability to identify trends and opportunities relevant to programmatic area
  • Excellent knowledge of programme development, implementation and reporting
  • Strong knowledge of UN systems and procedures
  • Capable and motivated team player

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, international development, environmental studies, gender studies 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


  • At least 5 years progressively responsible experience in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
  • Experience in gender-responsive climate action is required
  • Experience in intergovernmental processes related to climate and environment is required
  • Experience in managing programmes and capacity development in the gender and climate nexus is required
  • Experience in coordinating teams is required
  • Experience in working in the UN system is desirable


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


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