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

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


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). Despite these laws and policies, gaps still exist in implementation and women are often excluded conflict prevention processes.

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. As Team Lead for the Women’s Peace & Security and Gender in Humanitarian Action (WPS-GiHA) programmes, the Programme Specialist also provides guidance, technical, oversight and strategic support for the effective team management of the WPS-GiHA Team, particularly in, but not limited to intergovernmental processes, the UN System, Implementing Partners and UN Women personnel working at national and sub national levels on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in peace, security, disaster risk reduction/preparedness, emergency response and recovery.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security
  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders
  • Quality reports and timely submission
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives


    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

  • 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

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