UNITED NATIONS ENTITY FOR GENDER
EQUALITY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO.
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
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
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
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
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/
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.
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NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.