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.
As the United Nations continues to convene talks in Geneva under the framework of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), it recognizes the importance of a fully inclusive process to ensure that the voices and views of Syrian women are heard, consistent with the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 and Security Council Resolutions 2122 and 1325.
As part of these efforts, UN Women is working to support Syrian women’s engagement in peace-making since 2013. One stream of this is a partnership with the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, including support to Syrian women’s leadership and effective engagement in the political process through the Women’s Advisory Board (WAB). To complement this, UN Women is working to document women’s priorities for peace, and to build dialogue and trust across women’s groups, women leaders, and women’s rights actors operating inside and outside of Syria – seeking to create strategic alliances around key issues and processes that may shape the future of Syria. UN Women is also providing balanced gender analysis of the conflict and political process, and coordination with other actors supporting on gender equality and women’s rights in Syria. This work is done under the programme “Supporting Syrian Women’s Engagement in the Syrian political process – Building a constituency for peace.” The programme receives support from the European Union, as well as the governments of Finland, the Netherlands and Norway.
Reporting to the Programme Manager, WPS Syria, the Technical Analyst will provide technical and programme support ensuring timely and quality monitoring, reporting and evaluation of UN Women interventions under the Syria portfolio. The Technical Analyst will also provide technical, and programme support on the development of Phase III of the UN Women Syria WPS programme, including the supporting the development of the results framework, monitoring and evaluation framework, and Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) components. The Technical Analyst will provide technical assistance for development and implementation of WPS and EVAW programmes, for providing capacity development support on EVAW as well as coordination and knowledge management support on the EVAW component. The Technical Analyst will work in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women staff at regional and country level, civil society organizations as well as other key stakeholders, as needed.
Content and methodology of supervision:
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
- Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially at the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
- Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
- Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
- Easy access to the supervisor
- Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
- Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
- Completion of the yearly UNDP Performance Management Document (PMD)
- If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties
Training and Learning
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:
- UN Women JPO Orientation Programme
- Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
- Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UN Women JPO Orientation Programme. In addition, the JPO will benefit from specific training and learning modalities and opportunities in the receiving office.
1. Provide technical and coordination support on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting
- Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation processes ensuring alignment with UN Women and donor’s procedures as well as Results-based Management (RBM) standards;
- Develop and roll out gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation tools, including Theories of Change, detailed M&E plan, Performance Monitoring Frameworks (PMFs), risk management strategies, management information systems and M&E guidelines and tools;
- Coordinate regular reporting processes with partner organizations, analyze data for measurement of key performance indicators, draft project reports ensuring technical coherence and soundness, and liaise with technical staff to make evidence-based adjustments;
- Substantively contribute to the design of baseline and end-line research methodology and support its roll out;
- Design, organize and roll out project evaluations, thematic evaluations and evaluability assessments to support accountability and learning, including identifying and documenting good, promising and innovative practices and lessons learned;
- Provide training and technical support to social partners, NGOs and project staff on gender responsive monitoring and evaluation, that takes into account the sensitivities of working with WHRDs and survivors of VAWG;
- Undertake monitoring missions to the implementation sites to support monitoring of results and planning processes, as required.
2. Provide technical advice and coordination support for the development and implementation of the Syria portfolio on WPS and EVAW
- Provide substantive technical inputs to the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives;
- Substantively contribute to the development of country strategy documents, programme/ project proposals, policy and technical briefs, and other documents related to EVAW and WPS;
- Serve as technical focal point of EVAW and support inter-agency coordination processes in this domain;
- Provide technical support to development of high-quality knowledge products on EVAWG, and WPS;
- Support the organization of periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts, and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary;
- Contribute to foster the engagement of civil society organizations, including grassroot and local organizations, women’s groups, women leaders, and women’s rights actors;
- Keep abreast of developments in the area of EVAW and WPS exploring innovative approaches.
3. Contribute to forge and strengthen strategic partnerships and enhance multi-stakeholders’ coordination mechanisms
- Provide inputs to the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies;
- Technically contribute to draft relevant documentation for donors and develop potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
- Contribute to analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation and identification of opportunities for partnership building;
- Contribute to the active exchange of information and coordination with UN Women Country and Regional Offices, as needed;
- In line with the principles of the UN Reform, support inter-agency coordination mechanisms, as needed.
- Perform other related duties and assignments as and when requested by supervisor.
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely and high-quality implementation of the programme/project’s monitoring plans
- Timely and high-quality draft of regular UN Women and donor’s reports
- High-quality development of project/programme proposals
- Timely and high-quality advice provided and collaboration with all relevant stakeholders in the field of EVAW and WPS
- Timely and high-quality technical support and guidance to the programme team on M&E and reporting
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Technical knowledge of policies and programmes on EVAW and/or WPS
- Experience in programme/project management, including M&E and reporting
- Excellent knowledge of RBM
- Strong understanding of various methodologies in gender responsive monitoring and evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative, such as surveys, record reviews, focus groups and case studies
- Strong interviewing skills and ability to conduct interviews independently
- Strong training and coaching skills
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required.
- Minimum 2 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
- Technical experience in EVAWG/HP and/or and WPS;
- Experience working in the UN System is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required
- Minimum basic knowledge of Finnish or Swedish languages
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.
- This position is open only to Nationals of Finland
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Contract Duration: One-year appointment, renewable at least once subject to satisfactory performance