UNDP Programme Specialist, Women Political Participation Jobs in South Sudan

UNDP Programme Specialist, Women Political Participation 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.

The Women's Leadership and Political Participation Unit strengthens the capacity of women and advocates for legislative and constitutional reforms to ensure women's fair access to leadership and decision-making spaces in all areas, including peace and security, political, economic and humanitarian spheres.

As South Sudan has started the process of drafting a permanent constitution, this complex process, which ultimately paves the way for free and fair elections, must be inclusive, where all voices, including those of women, are heard. The Country Office seeks to fill the gap by scaling up ongoing efforts in providing civic education and awareness raising for women on the Constitution-making and electoral processes, as well as enhancing the capacities of women who want to participate in key political processes, in close collaboration with Civil Society Organization's specializing in local outreach.

Reporting to the Deputy Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under their portfolio. The Programme Specialist 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 Political Participation:

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;

  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women Political Participation.

    Manage the implementation and management of the Women Political Participation 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 personnel 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 political participation; 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 Political Participation programme:

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;

  • Supervise Programme Analysts and Technical Specialists; Mentor
    and coach personnel and conduct performance assessments;

  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

    Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • 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 on Women Political Participation to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the Country:

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

  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs 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 Political Participation portfolio;

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women Political Participation 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 Political Participation.

    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 political Participation and Gender and Governance;

  • 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 Political Participation;

  • 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.

    Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;

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

    How to Apply

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

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