UNDP Programme Specialist: Women, Peace and Security Jobs in Uganda

UNDP Programme Specialist: Women, Peace and Security Jobs in Uganda


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.

Uganda is fully committed to national, regional and global frameworks that protect the rights of women and girls and has ratified several international protocols and frameworks to promote the participation of women in peace processes (including on conflict prevention and peacebuilding; eradication of sexual and gender-based violence; and ending impunity).

In recent time, Uganda recorded major milestones with the localization of NAPs at the district level. A total of 6 districts developed Local Action Plans (LAPs) with 3 out of the 6 districts committing 1% of their FY 2021/2022 district budget towards the implementation of the LAPs.

Localization of LAPs has been identified as a best practice globally and UN Women will continue to strengthen coordination and collaboration between Government of Uganda and other state and non-state actors on implementation of the WPS agenda. Consequently, a Programme Specialist is being recruited to spearhead implementation of the next phase of its WPS programme in Uganda.

This role will advance women participation in enhancing social cohesion and reducing interethnic conflicts; participation of women in reducing violent extremism; participation of women (including young women) in preventing and mitigating natural and human made disasters; and strengthening systems and structures for the implementation and coordination of the NAP III.

Reporting to the Deputy Representative and Head of Programmes, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities


Design and develop programme strategies in the area of women, peace and security:

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives, in close cooperation with relevant government counterparts and civil society partners;

  • Undertake ongoing research and analysis to inform refinement of programme strategies;

  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to women, peace and security.

  • Manage the implementation and management of the women, peace and security programme:

    Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;

  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;

  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;

  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;

  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

    Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives

  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the women, peace and security programme; respond to any potential problems;

  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

    Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project:

  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results-based management tools;

  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;

  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;

  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.

    Manage the people and financial resources of the women, peace and security programme and provide
    oversight for the WPS-GiHA Unit:

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;

  • Supervise the Women, Peace and security and humanitarian team; Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;

  • Ensure effective Team-Leadership and overall direction and management of the WPS-GiHA portfolio and provide cross-cutting advice on coherence with other programmes;

  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

    Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies including for the WPS-GiHA Unit:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;

  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;

  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

  • Contribute to inter-agency coordination (of state and non-state actors) on women, peace and security and Humanitarian Action, to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Uganda:

  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending relevant meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;

  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs and provide oversight to the GiHA lead to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

    Manage Advocacy, Knowledge Building and Communication Efforts:

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the women, peace and security;

  • Participate and engage with UN Women’s global Community of Practice on women, peace and security to share lessons learned and good practices to other regions;

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to women, peace and security as necessary;

  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;

  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;

  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on women, peace and security.

    Functional Competencies

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management

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

  • Strong knowledge of women, peace and security

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, 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.

  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;

  • Technical experience in women, peace and security

  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;

  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;

  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset


  • Fluency in English required;

  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;

  • Knowledge of Uganda and the Great Lakes region is an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Programme Specialist: Women, Peace and Security Jobs in Uganda

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