UNITED NATIONS ENTITY FOR GENDER
                                     EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF

                                     VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO.
                                     UNWOMEN /SC/2011/013

                                                           Date of Issue: 01 October 2011
                                                          Closing Date: 16 October 2011

I. Position Information

Job Code Title           :   District Project Officer – Gender & Governance

Organization             :   UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender
                             Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Classified Grade         :   SB-3

Direct supervisor        :   Senior Program Specialist – Governance Unit

Duty Station             :    Mysore and Dharwad in Karnataka
                              Mahabubnagar in Andhra Pradesh

Type of Contract         :   Service Contract

No. of Posts             :    3 (One in each district)

Duration                 :   One Year

This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex with an approach to have a workforce which
reflects diversity and gender balance, to promote equal opportunities. UN does not solicit or screen
for information in respect of HIV or AIDS status. All selections are based on merit.

II. Organizational Context

UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women created
to accelerate progress on gender equality and the realization of women’s rights. UN Women is a
dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the
global, regional and local levels. UN Women’s South Asia Regional Office, based in New
Delhi, India, covers eight countries of the region, i.e., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,
Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In South Asia, UN Women specifically focuses on:
Strengthening women’s economic security and rights; Ending violence against women, including
trafficking and HIV/AIDS; and Promoting women’s political leadership in democratic governance
and peace building.
The Government of India and UN Women are collaborating through the Government’s
panchayati raj institutions to empower women in politics and governance. Within this larger
framework, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and UN Women, South Asia Regional Office (SARO)
have launched a programme on gender responsive governance called ‘Promoting Women’s
Leadership and Governance in India and South Asia’.

The programme aims to empower elected women representatives in local governments to make
public policy and resource allocation responsive to women’s human rights.
The programme will adopt three main strategies:
   a) Support trainings, coalitions and advocacy so that women representatives transform
      and implement policies, programmes and resource allocations in favour of women’s
      rights; and
   b) Strengthen key capacity development and media institutions in the region to mainstream
      gender responsive governance in their programmes.
   c) Support research and policy advocacy to address the legal and policy impediments to
      women’s political participation:-

The District Project Officers, each based in one district covered under the Programme will be
responsible to oversee and monitor the implementation of the project at district-levels and
ensure achievement of programme outcome, including attending Gram Panchayat, Gram Sabha
and Ward Sabha meetings and help the people take up issues that concern women.

The District Project Officers will report to Governance team at UN Women SARO in Delhi and
will also coordinate with the State Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, SIRDs
and UNICEF offices in respective states.

III. Functions / Key Results Expected

   1.   Responsible for providing overall district level coordination and all-round support related
        to the initiation and completion of project activities – prepare and implement the project
        Annual Work Plan in the district.
   2.   Ensure periodic review of project progress made in activities as per work plan, adjust
        work plan if required, and provide timely information to project authorities to ensure
        quality outcomes.
   3.   Ensure effective financial management and reporting as per the UN guidelines and
        submit timely financial and physical progress reports to the UN Women and MoPR as
        well as ensure timely closing of project activities.
   4.   Support the Monitoring & Evaluation framework in the context of results based
        management approach, focusing on the following results:
               Assist programme unit in Monitoring & Evaluation activities in overall work plan
                – including monitoring the work of the programme partners in the field.
               Coordinate mid-term and final evaluation of the programme.
               Prepare highlight and final reports.

   5.   Undertake any other program related to activities assigned by Senior Programme
        Officer, Governance Unit, UN Women.

IV. Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas of
cooperation (gender and governance). In particular, the key results have an impact on the
design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as
reaching resource mobilization targets.

V. Competencies and Critical Success Factors

    Corporate Competencies:

   Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
   Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN WOMEN
   Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
   Treats all people fairly without favouritism

    Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning
 Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
 In-depth knowledge on development issues
 Ability to advocate and provide policy advice
 Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more
   Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness
 Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
 Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development
   programmes and projects, mobilize resources
 Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit
 Strong IT skills
 Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioural/
   attitudinal change

Management and Leadership
 Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
 Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
 Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
 Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
 Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
 Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
 Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

VI. Recruitment Qualifications

Education:                         University Degree from a recognised University in Public
                                   Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social
                                   Sciences or related field.

Experience:                        5 years experience of working with the Gram Panchayats/
                                   women’s organisation/ women’s co-operatives.
                                   Clear understanding of gender issues.
                                   Ability to deal with stakeholders at all levels from community to
                                   senior government officials.
                                   Ability to deal with large meetings of people and assist in the
                               Basic knowledge of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
                               Capacity to handle internationally aided programs.

Language Requirements:         Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of State’s
                               official language is a must.
                               Knowledge of local languages and culture.

Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the “Personal History Form - P 11”
and the latest CV.

Application to this vacancy should be sent to      Please insert
Vacancy Announcement Number in the Subject of the E-mail. Applications without the
Vacancy Number or with the incorrect Vacancy Number will not be accepted.

NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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