Programme Specialist, Gender & Community Security At UN
Location :Maiduguri, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :21-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :14d 21h 13m
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year, with the possibility of renewal
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. In the humanitarian context of North-East Nigeria, UN Women’s mandate is to ensure that women’s self-reliance, livelihoods and protection are considered in humanitarian action and crisis response, including early recovery processes. In 2018, UN Women Nigeria established a presence in the North East through an operational field office in Maiduguri, Borno State. In addition to targeted programming, the field office is engaged in coordination and technical support across the sectoral responses; capacity building for humanitarian workers; and undertaking various assessments and related initiatives to allow for evidence-based, gender-responsive response to the evolving crisis in the North East. The increased displacement of populations, disruption to economic activities, and increased protection concerns-in particular sexual and gender-based violence as a result of the conflict in the North East and attendant security responses are disproportionally affecting women and girls. Despite several ongoing measures by security sector institutions and partners amidst increasing commitment to gender-responsive operations and security institutions, gaps and challenges remain. Consultations with various security actors highlight continued needs with regards to tailored training and operational guidelines for the nature of contexts and operations being undertaken. UN Women has in its previous and current programming undertaken baseline studies in various states of the North East, Middle Belt, and at a federal level which has assessed the representation of women within the various security services, knowledge of gender and related issues amongst security personnel, and community-security relations. These studies indicate that more needs to be done with regards to addressing issues of women’s representation across the security services; strengthening knowledge and capacity with regards to gender-responsive security, and developing mechanisms and guidelines to support security personnel in-mission. In particular, the situation in the North East provides an opportunity to test and support efforts to make operations more gender-responsive. The lack of deployment of women in operations in the North East, a long-standing operation which is currently shifting to a focus on major population hubs, coupled with anecdotal evidence of not only high levels of sexual and gender-based violence but also sexual exploitation and abuse from security personnel, indicate a need to strengthen community engagement and dialogue as well as preventative measures for security personnel currently deployed or deploying in these contexts.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Oversee the implementation and management of gender and community security project
Finalize the annual work plan and budget and manage the implementation of planned activities manage the technical implementation of the project; ensure synergies with other UN Women projects in the North East, and the wider Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPSHA) programme manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports, as relevantOrganize project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed 

2. Lead on technical assistance and capacity development to project partners
Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance; develop and implement technical tools, and initiativesBuild and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the gender and community security projectIdentify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners 

3. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the project
Manage the monitoring of project implementation and finances using results-based management toolsOversee field missions and produce reports on monitoring missionsWrite quarterly reports and donor reportsContribute to donor and UN Women reports 

4. Build partnerships and contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve coherence and synergy with other partners
Foster a working partnership with the relevant security institutions and government counterparts to facilitate implementation of the projectContribute to inter-agency coordination activities by attending relevant meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as neededCoordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country effortsBuild and maintain close liaison with relevant donors and other actors with similar or complementary initiatives 

5. Support advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentationsRepresent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to gender and community security as necessaryDevelop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementationIdentify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planningDevelop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on gender and community security 

 Key Performance Indicators
Timely and quality programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including securityTimely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmesStrong relations with partners and stakeholdersQuality reports and timely submissionRegular communication with other agencies and partnersQuality of advocacy and communication initiatives
CompetenciesCore Values:
espect for DiversityIntegrityProfessionalism 
Core Competencies:
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender IssuesAccountabilityCreative Problem SolvingEffective CommunicationInclusive CollaborationStakeholder EngagementLeading by Example 
Functional Competencies
Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skillsFamiliarity with reporting and RBM, ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-makingExpertise in genderKnowledge of community security approachesStrong analytical skillsAbility to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

Required Skills and Experience
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 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 Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian/stabilization projects substantial technical expertise of mainstreaming a gender perspective in humanitarian/stabilization programmes; experience with community security projects desirable familiarity with engaging with security actors in humanitarian contexts experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset experience working in the UN System is an asset language Requirements: Fluency in English is required knowledge of Hausa is an asset

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