Country Representative job at UN Women

UN Women

Country Representative job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 17 January 2022

Hiring Organization: UN Women

Job Details:

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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 a landlocked country in East Africa, with an estimated population of 45.7 million (51%, female) and is expected to reach 55 million by 2030 due to its population growth rate of 3.32%. The youth population of less than 30 years represents 77.6% of the population (54.3%, female youth). Close to 75% of the population live in rural areas of the country.
Uganda has made gains in its socio-economic transformation, maintained peace and stability for over 3-decades and is on course to become an upper middle-income country by 2040. The Government of Uganda (GoU) is committed to the SDG 2030 Agenda as exemplified by the gross domestic product which doubled over the last 10-years pre-COVID, from $17.2 billion in 2010 to $34.4 billion in 2019. Literacy rates improved from 70% between 2012-2013 to 74% between 2016-2017, yet still literacy levels were higher for males than females. Uganda’s National Development Plan (NDP) III focuses on inclusive growth, human wellbeing and resilience, transformational and inclusive governance positions. The NDPIII is a convergence framework for the entire UN System to coherently contribute to the advancement of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) in Uganda with UN Women as a strategic partner on the path to transformation.
UN Women Uganda is the largest office in the region and carries strategic importance in terms of its partnership with host government and influence in the rest of the region. The country is host to 1.5m Refugees which is reflected in the UN portfolio of projects in Women Peace and Security, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction
The Country Representative operates in a matrix management model, primarily accountable and reporting to the relevant UN Women Regional Director on UN Women -specific mandates, activities and results. Additionally, as a UNCT member, under the Management and Accountability Framework (MAF) of the UN development and resident coordinator system, the Country Representative has mutual accountability with the Resident Coordinator for periodically reporting on contributions and support for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF, formerly UNDAF).The Regional Director conducts the performance review of the Country Representative whilst seeking inputs from the RC on the Country Representative’s contributions as a UNCT member.
The Country Representative is responsible for leading and managing the Uganda Country Office (CO) portfolio and for translating the UN Women’s Strategic Plan (SP) in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects under the Uganda CO. The Country Representative is responsible for resource mobilization and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the strategic country programme planning and development
• Develop and implement strategic direction of the country;
• Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Note in close consultation and collaboration with the government, civil society, donors, UN system partners and the Regional Director, Resident and/or Humanitarian Coordinator in the country and other national development stakeholders and partners, taking into account national priorities , the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Common Country Analysis and UNSDCF;
• Provide substantive advice to the Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;
• Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming for the CO; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;
• Lead the monitoring of the results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Manage the Uganda Country Office
• Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize the annual work plan and budget; and oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;
• Oversee and approve programme work plans and monitor the overall progress and compliance of the CO;
• Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;
• Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;
• Provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership. Ensure effective workforce planning and timely recruitments; Manage the performance of personnel under their supervision; provide ongoing performance and career development feedback, timely completion of performance assessments and coaching;
• Ensure that personnel are familiar with and follow UN Women’s regulations and rules, policies and procedures in the Policy, Procedures and Guidance Framework (PPG); Ensure personnel are aware in particular or of UN Women’s standards of conduct including but not limited to policies and procedures on preventing, reporting and addressing misconduct, Fraud and Corruption, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and abuse of authority, Protection from retaliation, and ensure mechanisms are in place to support personnel in this regard.
• Promote teamwork to ensure harmonization, linkages, collaboration and synergy; Ensure a respectful, inclusive safe and healthy work environment for personnel.

Provide support to the Resident Coordinator and serve as a member of UN Country Team
• Serve as member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) under the strategic guidance and coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), collaborate on and lead as needed UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes, including the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) planning, budgeting, resource mobilization, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through UN results groups and respective joint workplans, and in an enhanced response to national partners;
• Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, planning, cooperation, and harmonization of programming, advocacy, common services, and operations; Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights; report to the UN RC on these issues as required
• Actively engage in regular UNCT and HCT consultations and decision-making processes
• Actively engage in and contribute to UNCT strategic communications that advance UN system efforts and collective results to promote Agenda 2030, including for national goals and priorities for sustainable development to generate positive public support and ownership
• Ensure UN Women’s active participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development
• Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNSDCF development planning and agenda/priority setting for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Ensure enhanced accountability of the UNCT on gender mainstreaming and works for with the RC and on the implement the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard
• Participate in RC and UNCT members’ performance appraisal, as requested

Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies
• Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;
• Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;
• Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies
• Build on the existing resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of appropriate actions, plans, and efforts to expand funding of the country’s Strategic Notes;
• Establish and maintain relationships with international financial institutions, including AfDB, IMF and the World Bank on financing for Gender Equality;
• Establish and maintain relationships with the private sector to diversify funding sources;
• Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;
• Finalize donor reports and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

Lead knowledge management, innovation and capacity building
• Manage the development and implementation on the CO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;
• Promote critical thinking and implementation of innovation and best practices in the CO
• Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of personnel;
• Lead the production of knowledge products and contribute to the replication and scale up of successful models at both at country and/or regional levels

Oversee safety, security and well-being of personnel, programmes and organizational assets
• Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.
• Participate in the Country Humanitarian Team and contribute to the development and implementation of the UN Humanitarian/Emergency Response Plan
• Serve as member of the Security Management team (SMT) and undertake relevant security and crisis management training. Guide and influence decisions and standards related to security of personnel, premises and assets
• Oversee the implementation of the Security Mainstreaming & Compliance and Business Continuity Management and Organizational Resilience requirements.
• Ensure all personnel are made fully aware of safety and security procedures and policies and undertake mandatory training.

Key Performance Indicators
• Timely and quality development and implementation of the Country Strategic Note and Annual Workplan
• Timely and quality delivery on operational goals
• Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports, donor reports, and audit responses
• Quality and level of engagement with UNCT, including joint planning, joint programming, joint resource mobilization, joint advocacy, Humanitarian Team, Thematic working groups; etc.
• Country Office maintained on its current ascending curve in terms of budget and programme portfolio
• UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner by governments, donors and civil society
• Timely development and implementation of CO resource mobilization strategy, resulting in sufficient resources to implement Strategic Note
• Performance of personnel, enabling work environment, security plans are in place and up to date, office produces quality knowledge products

Core values:
• Integrity
• Professionalism
• Respect for Diversity

Core Competencies
• Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
• Accountability
• Creative Problem Solving
• Effective Communication
• Inclusive Collaboration
• Stakeholder Engagement
• Leading by Example

Functional Competencies
• Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
• Excellent people management skills in a multicultural environment; ability to deal with individuals from all backgrounds
• Results-oriented;
• Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
• Ability to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all
• Leading, developing and empowering people
• Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
• Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment in country
• Excellent analytical and conceptual thinking
• Strong knowledge of UN system
• Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country
• Excellent networking skills, including within the donor community
• Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies
• Excellent diplomatic and written and verbal communication skills

Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification
• Master’s degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields 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 10 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level,
• Experience in gender and women’s issues programming, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Mission;
• Experience mobilizing resources including from the private sector
• Experience managing large and complex programmes, including in humanitarian settings
• Experience navigating the development, conflict and humanitarian nexus
• Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;
• Experience in leading a large and decentralized team, preferably located on several different sub-offices.

Fluency in English is required.
Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset.

Application procedure

All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are required to include in the P-11 form links for their previously published reports and articles completed within the last two years. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
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Date Posted: 2022-01-06