Offer: Regional Programme Coordinator, UN Women Latin America
UN Women. Quito, Ecuador.
Closing date: August 28, 2011.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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 centre of all its efforts, UN women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women's Andean regional office is located in Ecuador and carries out activities in each of the five Andean countries (Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia). In the context of Latin America's economic, social and political challenges, UN Women Andean Region fosters numerous opportunities to improve the conditions of Andean women and the fulfilment of their rights.
UN Women Andean Region will support and track changes in the thematic areas of work that contribute to UN Women's overarching goal of strengthening implementation of international commitments. In each it will spearhead global, regional and national-level advocacy, knowledge and network building, South-South exchange and capacity-development. It will also support cross-cutting actions at the national level.
In 2000, UN Women initiated its work on gender-sensitive budgets convinced that these are a powerful instrument to make public resource allocation more transparent, accountable and oriented to equality between women and men, as well as to foster women's participation and influence in governance processes. In Latin-American the programme started in Ecuador and was progressively extended to other Latin American countries. In 2005 this work was articulated in a regional programme named: Strengthening Democratic Governance at Local Level: Gender Responsive Budgets Initiatives in Latin America implemented from October 2005 to September 2009.
Building on the recommendations of the external evaluation carried out in 2008, a second phase of the programme was formulated for a four-year period (October 2009-September 2013). In this second phase the programme will continue to provide support to gender responsive budgeting (GRB) efforts in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela which were part of the first phase of the programme, plus Colombia, where GRB was previously funded through UN Women core funds.
The second phase of the programme has already established partnerships with the Spanish Cooperation (AECID), the Basque Government and the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV). The programme also receives funding through its inclusion in two cross-regional programmes managed from UN Women HQ and supported by the European Commission and the Belgium government.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Programme and Financial Management:
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Andean Region Regional Programme Director, the Regional Programme Coordinator will be responsible for:
Overall coordination, supervision and assistance to develop country implementation plans and to monitor their implementation in 9 programme countries (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay).
Design and supervise implementation of regional activities defined in the programme.
Ensure identification and creation of necessary links with stakeholders to implement the programme.
Undertake periodic programme reviews and visits to support strategic planning, monitoring progress of activities and results, promote knowledge-sharing and enhance advocacy work. Frequent field missions are an essential part of this.
Coordinate regular collection of data to maintain the monitoring system and results framework.
Identify gaps in programme outputs and make necessary adjustments.
Design the evaluation of the second phase of the programme and coordinate its implementation.
Supervise the use of funds and the production of finance and managerial information such as: Programme and project financial reports, including analysis of income, expenditure; monitor and update financial data relating to the regional programme.
Supervise performance of programme team members to ensure that all tasks are executed in order to meet the objectives of the Programme.
Ensure procurement and staffing requirements of the regional programmes are met and comply with UN Women rules and regulations.
Ensure coordination and coherence with other programs, projects and activities on gender responsive budgets carried out by UN Women in the LAC region and on GRB worldwide.
Representation and Outreach:
Identify possible opportunities to mobilize resources for the programme and formulate new proposals in order to respond to those opportunities.
Provide the Regional Programme Director of the Andean Region, HQ staff and other relevant actors involved in UN Women fundraising activities with technical support in order to negotiate further supporting funds for the programme.
Provide donors and partners with periodical information about the implementation of programmes activities.
Prepare document briefings to disseminate and highlight the programme results.
Supervise the preparation and submission of reports - financial and narrative reports to donors and partners as well as UN Women HQ.
Coordinate communication among UN Women Andean Region Office and the other executing offices (Brazil and Mexico), as well as with LAC Section and the GRB team in New York.
Represent UN Women at national and international events when delegated by the Regional Programme Director.
Policy Support, Knowledge-sharing and Advocacy:
Promote and supervise implementation of a knowledge management strategy.
Coordinate and supervise regional studies and researches taken under the programme framework and ensure proper mechanisms for its dissemination.
Supervise dissemination of other publications and products produced within the programme.
Establish systems for documenting experiences and analyzing the conditions to enable notable impact of these initiatives
Ensure information flow between field and HQ to exchange lessons learned and promising approaches.
Design and support different mechanisms (such as international seminars, working groups or internships) to promote the exchange of experiences between the UN Women staff, partners and other relevant institutions and specialists.
Support the web site www.presupuestoygenero.net
Attend programme meetings within UN Women, and other relevant forums to improve quality programme implementation; provide other support to the programme team as necessary.
Promote dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned in the programme at national and international events.
CORE VALUES / GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Hands-on, operational, solutions-focussed, creative and resourceful.
Open to change with ability to manage complex situations and deliver satisfactory and timely results.
Demonstrated ability to juggle competing demands, to manage time effectively and adhere to deadlines, and to work flexibly with many advisers in a multicultural team.
Demonstrated initiative and ability to work proactively.
Ability to work in an international environment. Demonstrated ability to excel in a multi-cultural team environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills to support building networks and partnerships.
Capacity to interact internally within an international organization.
Excellent communication / organizational skills.
Strong analytical, writing and strategic thinking skills
Extensive experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook & the Internet.
Knowledge of human resources management, procurement and administration and financial management, would be a strong asset.
Experience in operating web-based management systems and ERP systems. Knowledge of ATLAS would be an asset.
Ability to quickly learn corporate software applications is a definite advantage.
Required Skills and Experience:
Advanced university degree in Social Sciences (International Development studies, Gender/Women's studies, Economics, Sociology) and/or a closely related discipline.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in international development work preferably focused on, or strongly involving gender equality at national and regional levels.
Experience in programme coordination and on gender responsive budget initiatives and/or gender and economic issues highly desirable.
Fluency in written and oral Spanish.
Demonstrated proficiency in English.
Please apply online: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=25049
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Application Deadline: 28 August 2011.