UN Women: IELD Programme Consultant

Background

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 center 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.

Organizational Context

The global programme, Inclusive and Equitable Local Development (IELD), is jointly implemented by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), UN Women and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The programme addresses structural impediments that prevent women from entering the labor market through local public and private investments, with a particular emphasis on unlocking domestic capital for women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. The 5 year programme was piloted in three Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2017, which include Bangladesh, Tanzania and Uganda. The programme is planned to be expanded to additional countries in 2018.

IELD uses a unique three-agency partnership by utilizing each agency’s niche and comparative advantage in programming on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The programme supports governments and the private sector at the local level to design, plan, implement and sustain local public and private investments, with a special focus on promoting women’s equal and full participation in the local economy. Its multidimensional approach contributes to the achievement of at least 6 SDGs, specifically SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Adviser and IELD Joint Programme Lead/Coordinator, the IELD Programme Consultant (based in UN Women) is responsible for supporting the technical development and implementation of the IELD programme priorities globally and at the country level. The IELD Programme Consultant will also support the Programme Adviser in new country programme formulations, the expansion of the knowledge content and programme interventions and the sharing of good practices.

Specifically, the IELD Programme Consultant is responsible for providing technical support to the project design emanated from IELD Programme document, developing technical tools, supporting country teams in drafting programme frameworks as well as leading on the development of knowledge tools, advocacy materials, and research that will significantly contribute to the effective implementation of the global programme.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Support programme development and monitoring as stipulated in project annual workplan;
  • Support the development of gender-responsive technical tools;
  • Knowledge Management as envisaged in the Annual Work Plan;
  • Strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.

Support Project development and monitoring:

  • Support programme country teams in developing programme documents, monitoring frameworks and annual work plans;
  • Support periodic monitoring of programme activities and provide technical backstopping as needed;
  • Frequent follow-ups with programme countries to ensure adequate implementation and quality reporting on the on-going activities.

Support the development and implementation of gender-responsive technical tools:

  • Working in collaboration with UNCDF and UNDP, monitor the progress of the gender-sensitive Local Economic Assessment tool (LEA) at the local level;
  • Support designing country-specific gender-responsive interventions derived from the LEA with a particular focus on promoting women’s economic empowerment;
  • Support the selection and implementation process for the IELD Investment projects by using the WEE Index.

Knowledge Management:

  • Consolidate lessons learned and best practices from the field;
  • Support country teams in putting together knowledge products;
  • Contribute to new research on WEE financing;
  • Support partnership building with research institutions, UN agencies and other relevant organizations to undertake cutting age new research on WEE and local development financing.

Strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy:

  • Support to maintain a collaborative environment between UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women (global and country level);
  • Support the Programme Adviser in building and maintaining partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic area;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the success of IELD global and country programme within specific areas of cooperation among the three partnering agencies: UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and implementation of programme outcomes, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating local economic development and women’s economic empowerment.

Strategic Partnerships

  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.

Resource Mobilization

  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors;
  • Develops a database of IELD project profiles.  Identifies opportunities for project proposals for presentation to donors.

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches;
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for local development and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UNDP, UN Women, and UNCDF’s mandate.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.
Competencies
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Ability to mainstream gender equality and empowerment of women in the programmatic and policy work of UN Women;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

 

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, International Relations, Social Sciences or related field.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in research and development policy-related work;
  • Experience working on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction;
  • Experience working on local economic development financing is an asset;
  • Hands-on experience in designing and monitoring development projects;
  • Excellent writing skills in English;
  • Experience in drafting donor proposals, communication materials a must;
  • Experience with UN Women procurement and recruitment policies is considered an advantage;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages and handling of web based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency and excellent analytical writing skills in English;
  • Second official UN language an asset.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applications submission deadline: 20 April 2018.
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