UNDP Programme Management Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

UNDP Programme Management Specialist Jobs in South Sudan


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.

UN Women in South Sudan supports the government to implement commitments to international normative standards on gender equality and women's human rights.

The new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2022-2026 and the corresponding UN Women South Sudan Strategic Note (2022-2026), defining UN Women's strategic engagement in South Sudan, focuses on strengthening the national structures and mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in policies, plans and budgets; supporting efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women; promoting women's economic empowerment; promoting policies and government investment in women's empowerment and resilience building in the context of climate change, humanitarian crisis as well as threats to peace and security.

UN Women works with a range of stakeholders in South Sudan including the government, civil society and women's organizations, youth, UN agencies and donors, to promote gender equality and women's empowerment.

Currently, UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare and the Office of the Vice President (Gender and Youth Cluster) is implementing a programme that aims at promoting the social economic empowerment of women and adolescent girls in South Sudan.

The project called "South Sudan Women Social and Economic Empowerment Project (SSWSEEP)", will be implemented in 10 states and 2 administrative areas in South Sudan focusing on promoting women's access to economic opportunities, protection and access to GBV information and services and also strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare to effectively implement its mandate of promoting Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.

The project has four (4) components, namely: a) Community Empowerment Support to Women and Girls, b) Establishment of the Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Facility (WEOF), c) Scaling up services for Survivors of GBV and d) Institutional strengthening focusing on the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Gender and Youth Cluster, and related national institutions.

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the Programme Specialist is responsible for managing the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes for the SSWSEEP, including providing technical support to the implementation of the SSWSEEP programme and managing the monitoring and reporting, budget management for the programme team, building partnerships and providing support in developing resource mobilization strategies, and managing knowledge building efforts.

Key Functions and Accountabilities:

Provide technical support to the implementation of the SSWSEEP:

  • Review programme annual work plans to ensure compliance with UN Women programme goals and results-based indicators;

  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;

  • Draft reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; and compile information in preparations of country office donor and UN Women reports;

  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, manage programme quality control and identification of potential challenges;

  • Align programme activities with operations team in close liaison with Operations Managers;

  • Build and manage relationships with national partners, world bank team and other key stakeholders as necessary.

    Manage the programmatic development for the SSWSEEP project:

  • Provide technical support to the design and formulation of programme/ project initiatives under SSWSEEP;

  • Review and provide feedback to project/ programme strategies and documents, workplans, case studies and related knowledge products and publications, as needed;

  • Provide technical advice on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting;

  • Review and evaluate proposals and oversee the preparation of donor proposals and reports;

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, draft policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/ materials for the use in the development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions.

    Manage the monitoring and reporting for the SSWSEEP:

  • Recommend and establish programme monitoring standards, criteria, and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results;

  • Manage the monitoring of mutually agreed results, frameworks and performance indicators;

  • Coordinate the process of gathering information and preparing progress reports on programme implementation; prepare technical reports;

  • Prepare programme team for audits and monitor implementation of audit recommendations;

  • Provide training on results-based management to office staff, as necessary.

    Budget management for the programme team:

  • Monitor and analyze financial situation on the portfolios and programmes to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results;

  • Ensure timely disbursement of funds to partners, payment to vendors and consultants;

  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination across the office, between programmes, projects and operations, World Bank and the Ministry of Gender through PMU.

    Build partnerships and provide support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;

  • Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for resource mobilization and cost sharing;

  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors' priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

    Promote Knowledge Building and Management:

  • Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination;

  • Ensure documentation of project learnings and development of evidence-based product in accordance with UN Women, WB and government guidelines;

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, support the establishment of key advocacy networks and campaigns at the national and subnation.

    Functional Competencies:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;

  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;

  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;

  • Strong analytical skills;

  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;

  • Good knowledge of UN programme management systems.

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education and certification:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, Gender 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;

  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building is required;

  • Experience in working in a gender related area is required;

  • Experience in setting priorities, budgets, work plans, participating in programme development and programme writing is required.

    Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;

  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish);

  • Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Programme Management Specialist Jobs in South Sudan

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