Programme Officer, Women, Peace and Security

UN Women
  • Location
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 17

Position description

Reporting to the Program Specialist Women in Leadership and Governance, the Programme Officer contributes to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the CO by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation. The Programme Officer guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes on Women Peace and Security by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and developing enhancements if necessary. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ personnel, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Women Peace and Security

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/project proposals and initiatives;
  • Identify areas for support and intervention related to the programme.

Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security

  • Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget;
  • Support the implementation of programme activities;
  • Lead/Support the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports.

Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities; Develop technical knowledge products;
  • Maintain relationships with national partners to support the implementation and expansion of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/programming support and training of partners, as needed;
  • Build the capacity of partners on Results-Based Management and monitor implementation.

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;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results, outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.

Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security

  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/revisions, as necessary;
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports.

Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.

Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on the thematic area of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Programme Specialist on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to UN Women interventions on women peace and security;
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on women peace and security thematic area.


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

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

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Conflict and Peace Studies, Gender and Development, International Relations, Public Administration, Law, Human Rights or equivalent in relevant fields of Social Science 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.


  • Minimum five years of relevant experience in implementation of projects related to women’s empowerment and women, peace and security;
  • Demonstrable experience in organizing multi-stakeholder meetings and coordinating with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, non-governmental organizations, women groups, and local communities;
  • Experience in preparing background documents, agendas and talking points for such meetings;
  • Hands-on experience in the implementation and evaluation of development projects and programmes will be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the governance, peace and security context in Ethiopia and experience working with government partners;
  • Hands-on experience in designing, implementing and monitoring development projects with particular experience in the areas of women, peace and security a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in results-based and rights-based development approaches and management of multi-stakeholder programmes;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Proven advocacy, analytical and writing skills;
  • Computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

Language Reqirement

  • Fluency in English and Amharic is required;
  • Knowledge of other local languages is advantageous;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

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