Programme Specialist - Civil Society Advocacy and Outreach

UN Women
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 26

Position description

Under the general guidance of the Director of the Civil Society Division, and the supervision of the Deputy, the Advocacy Specialist is responsible for strengthening civil society contributions to the realization and implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, normative and other processes including the UN Secretary General’s call to the UN system to strengthen its work on civic space and intersectionality.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide advocacy and outreach support:

  • Develop civil society advocacy strategies and initiatives in line with the Civil Society Division annual workplan;
  • Conduct digital advocacy, outreach and knowledge-sharing efforts supporting UN Women’s strategic approach to civil society partnerships;
  • Craft user-friendly and concise online communications and advocacy messages;
  • Produce advocacy and knowledge products, e.g. fact sheets, brochures and reports;
  • Develop a series of ongoing activities to facilitate regular dialogues with key civil society partners, including through webinars with users, and develop tools for increasing active participation of users, through an intersectional and intergenerational lens;
  • Coordinate the management of users, collect user feedback and analyse usage statistics to evaluate and improve outreach strategies and technologies.

Strengthen and support the work on expanding civic space:

  • Provide technical support to the development and management of the implementation of strategies on expanding civic space;
  • Liaise with OHCHR and other UN entities on the SG’s Executive Committee decision on expanding civic space, including as liaison of the UN system wide task force;
  • Serve as liaison within UN Women on the implementation of the SG’s civic space strategy, including through supporting the country pilot programmes; work in close partnership with the Programme, Policy and Intergovernmental Division (PPID);
  • Provide technical and coordination support in implementation of the UN Women WHRD (Women Human Rights Defenders) internal guidance note (reflecting women in all their diversities);
  • Participate in UN system wide CSO planning processes (e.g. Non-Governmental Liaison Services meetings) to ensure coordinated work on civic engagement.

Strengthening the work on intersectionality:

  • Provide technical support to the development of and manage the implementation of a strategy on intersectionality;
  • Address impediments to sharing information and the flow of knowledge; facilitate key stakeholders’ demand and supply of knowledge;
  • Conduct research to find the knowledge and information products needed to prompt dialogue and propose development of new products where gaps exist;
  • Advise the Civil Society Division in outreach and knowledge sharing technologies to enhance the Section’s strategic interaction with a diverse group of partners;
  • As a critical part of the intersectional lens, manage the implementation of the strategy on racial justice and ensure it continues to develop according to the needs of the organisation;
  • Support the management of the LGBTI Informal Reference Group (in partnership with PPID).


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:

  • Strong knowledge of gender issues and human rights issues;
  • Strong knowledge of civil society organizations dedicated to gender issues and women’s empowerment, as well as human rights;
  • Understanding of client’s perspective; Ability to anticipate client needs and addresses them promptly;
  • Excellent oral and writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills;
  • Good understanding of online communications needs and excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities; ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in gender studies, human rights and/or other social science related educational degrees;
  • 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 minimum of 5 years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of gender equality and human rights;
  • Experience in sustaining effective relationships with diverse civil society;
  • Experience in ensuring an intersectional and intergenerational approach to the advancement of the gender equality agenda;
  • Experience in working in a multicultural and web-based environment;
  • Experience in partnerships with civil society.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN working language is an asset.

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