Deputy Head, Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF)

UN Women
  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

Reporting to the Head of the WPHF Secretariat, the Deputy is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Secretariat. The incumbent is responsible for substantially contributing to the design, implementation, management and oversight of the WPHF programmes and funding windows, and to the operations supporting its implementation to ensure effective and efficient delivery of results as planned in WPHF’s Strategic Plan and Operations Manual.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of the WPHF Secretariat and in close coordination with the team, the Deputy Head will undertake the following duties:

  • Manage the programme and operations team:
    • Manage the day-to-day work of the programme and operations teams, including finalizing the team’s annual workplan;
    • Manage the process of programme conceptualization, planning, implementing and monitoring; and the management of material and financial resources; and identifying areas for Head of Secretariat’s action and/or decision;
    • Lead on the Operations Manual revisions and organize meetings with UN Management Entities headquarters relevant teams when needed for effective implementation of programmes.
  • Provide advisory and specialized technical support on the strategic direction of the WPHF:
    • Advise and guide the Head of Secretariat on strategic areas;
    • Provide specialized technical and strategic support in managing all aspects of the programme design and related activities and for ensuring compliance and accountability in programme monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
    • Develop policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/materials for use in the development and presentation of innovative and coherent policy and programmatic positions;
    • Serve as a senior member of the management team.
  • Provide technical support in creation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization strategies:
    • Provide substantive research and inputs in the formulation and implementation of the WPHF resource mobilization strategy;
    • Contribute to establishing and maintaining relations with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization.
  • Represent WPHF and support advocacy strategies:
    • Represent and advocate for WPHF in organizational, regional, global, public information/ relations events and key meetings, as delegated;
    • Develop and implement advocacy and public communication strategies.
  • Manage Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation and Facilitate knowledge management, innovation and capacity building:
    • Oversee the WPHF Learning Hub activities and review products of WPHF to build knowledge and capacity of partners and stakeholders;
    • Manage the Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation team, including reviewing tools and ensuring processes in place are aligned with the WPHF mandate and Operations Manual.
  • Manage personnel under supervision:
    • Manage the performance of personnel under supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to personnel supervision;
    • Act as Officer -in-charge in the absence of the Head of the Secretariat.


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.


  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong knowledge of gender related issues including in recovery, crisis, peacebuilding, fragile contexts and humanitarian crises;
  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of results based management principles and approaches;
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to create and enabling work environment;
  • Strong knowledge of the UN system;
  • Strong negotiation skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree in international development, public policy or other relevant 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.


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme and policy with a strong focus in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment, including in managing multi-country Funds or multi-country Programmes related to peace and security, human rights or humanitarian;
  • Experience in leading a team, including working with multi-cultural teams;
  • Experience with UN Women is desirable.


  • Fluency in English and French or Spanish is required;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

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