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WPS and Humanitarian Affairs Officer-UN Uganda

Background

I. Organizational Context

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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 provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women operationalizes this through Flagship Programming Initiatives (FPIs) developed to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women empowerment. The FPIs respond to the expanded agenda for Beijing+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main objective of UN Women’s support to Government under Humanitarian Action is to ensure protection, as well as equitable and safe access to and benefit from the humanitarian and development assistance to the most vulnerable, and marginalized refugee and host community women and girls. The programme also promotes women’s participation and leadership in the camps and host community, and women’s active role in maintaining peace and social cohesion.

Under the overall guidance and leadership of the Country Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Gender in Humanitarian Action Programme Specialist, the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) and Humanitarian Affairs (HA) Officer will lead the management of UN Women’s Peace, Security, and Humanitarian programs in the Southwestern region of Uganda based in Mbrarara. The WPSHA Officer will provide programmatic leadership and support to the Cooperating partners for effective implementation of the programme. The officer will ensure effective representation of UN Women in the Humanitarian coordination systems and ensure appropriate preparedness and contingency planning are in place to ensure effective response to emergency situations. Additionally, the officer is essential to address the rising incidents of disasters in the Southwestern region, including floods and insecurity and refugee influx. The selected officer will operate under the supervision of the Programme Specialist Gender in Humanitarian Action and support effective business development and resource mobilization for WPS and HA.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

II. Key Functions and Accountabilities

1. Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Women, Peace, Security, and Gender in Humanitarian action.

•Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/project proposals and initiatives.

•Identify areas for support and intervention related to the programme.

•Support Genders Assessments and Analyses in SW Uganda and in the refugee settlement targeting new arrivals, existing refugees, and host communities. Develop/establish contingency/response plan relating to hazards and risks in the region.

•Coordinate the dissemination of early warning and early action information through the implementing partners.

2.Provide technical support to the design and formulation, implementation and management of the Women, Peace, Security and Gender in Humanitarian action programme.

•Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget as required.

•Coordinate and monitor the implementation of programme activities.

•Coordinate the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of and onboarding of partners.

•Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports.

•Train partners on Results Based Management.

3.Provide technical assistance and capacity development support to project/programme partners.

•Provide technical support to and technically oversee the implementation of the programme activities with partners.

•Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation & expansion of the WPSHA programme.

•Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and coordinate and facilitate technical/programming support and trainings to partners as needed.

4.Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project.

•Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using Results-Based Management tools

•Monitor and document progress on programme activity, results and indicators.

•Monitor the implementation of proposals by responsible partners.

•Provide inputs to quarterly reports, donor reports and other reports on outputs, results outputs and outcomes.

5.Contribute to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies.

•Provide inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases.

•Prepare and provide inputs to relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles.

6.Provide technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the Women, Peace, Security and GiHA programme.

•Monitor budget implementation and make budgets re-alignments as necessary.

•Provide substantive inputs to financial reports.

•Support partner advance and liquidation processes and work with the Programme specialists on partner budget management

7.Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on the WPS and LEAP Programme to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Uganda.

•Provide substantive technical support to the Program Management Specialist and the team on inter-agency coordination related activities by providing inputs to background reports and briefs.

• Participate in and lead in regional/district/Settlement/sector coordination and working group activities

relating to UN Women Mandate

8. Provide inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts.

• Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to WPS and GiHA.

• Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops, and knowledge products.

• Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on WPS and LEAP.

9. The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the

efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation.

Key Performance Indicators

• Timely and quality technical support to the WPSHA programme team and partners in line with work plan

• Quality and timely development and review of systems for tracking/monitoring

• Timely submission of quality and accurate reports

• Quality support to Evaluation processes, including timely coordination of mission.

 

Competencies

III. Competencies

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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process-Values

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:

• Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills.

• Good knowledge of Results Based Management

• Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings and recommendations.

• Good analytical skills

•Good knowledge of IASC Guidelines on Gender in Humanitarian Action, Gender and Age Markers, UN SCR 1325, Sendai Framework on DRR, and CEDAW

•Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities, and threats to fundraising.

•Ability to maintain networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other international partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies · Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills.

 

Required Skills and Experience

IV. Recruitment Qualifications

Education and Certification:

•Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Humanitarian leadership, Human Rights, Gender/Women’s studies, Public/Business Administration and Management, International Relations and Development Studies.

•A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience.

•At least 2 years of progressively advanced level responsible experience in Programme/Project development, implementation, management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building.

•Strong experience in Humanitarian/emergency affairs management and Disaster Risk Reduction programming

•Experience in Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action is essential.

•Relevant experience in working with civil society organizations, donor agencies, Agencies, and Departments of Government is an asset.

•Experience in the United Nations systems in an asset.

Languages.

•Fluency in English and any other Local language is required.

•Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

Application Procedure

Interested qualified candidates must apply online by latest by 25th February 2024 . Candidates should submit one PDF File attachment containing:

  1. Resume
  2. UN Women P11 dully filled form with at least three (3) professional references (UN Women Personal History Form (P11), can be downloaded at:http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;

Kindly note that the system will only allow one PDF attachment.  Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity, and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination.  All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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