National Programme Officer, Spotlight Initiative (open to nationals of Samoa only)., Apia, Samoa

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Samoa

City: Apia, Samoa

Office: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme in Apia

Closing date: Friday, 20 December 2019


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.

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The initiative places SDG 5 at the center of efforts (as well as SDG 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Spotlight provides a model for partnership with donors, civil society, and all UN partners, to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise.

The Spotlight initiative in the Pacific focuses on Intimate partner (physical, sexual and emotional) violence (IPV) to address the continuum of gender-based violence in the Pacific region. The Initiative aims at improving access to services, particularly for those most left behind and will build upon existing programmes, both at the country and regional level.

The Spotlight Initiative in Samoa builds on existing Government commitments to ending domestic and intimate partner violence and cultural institutions in Samoa that support ending violence against women and girls. The programme will contextualize international best practice in preventing and responding to violence and learn from emerging practice on what works in Samoa. The recipient UN organizations in Samoa are: UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF.

Reporting to the UN Women Regional Spotlight Technical Specialist and day to day supervision of the UN Women Samoa Country Programme Coordinator and under the guidance of the Resident Coordinator and the Country Programme Steering Committee, the Samoa National Programme Officer is responsible for implementing the UN Women Samoa Spotlight component which includes coordinating relationships with national partners and stakeholders, and the monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the portfolio. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects‘ staff in the Spotlight Initiative and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office as required.