Programme Manager - Women, Peace and Security, Syria, Lebanon

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Lebanon

City: Beirut, Lebanon

Office: UNDP Lebanon

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Programme Manager- Women, Peace and Security , Syria

Advertised on behalf of : Location : LEBANON

Application Deadline : 17-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Gender Equality

Type of Contract : FTA International

Post Level : P-4

Languages Required : English

Expected Duration of Assignment : One year

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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 peacemaking 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 a balanced gender analysis of the conflict and political process, and coordination with other actors supporting 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 homegrown constituency for peace.‘ The programme receives support from the governments of Finland, the Netherlands, and Norway.

Reporting to the Regional WPS-HA Adviser, the Programme Manager exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under their portfolio. The Programme Manager works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors, and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide programme development advisory services and develop programmes in the area of Women, Peace, and Security;
Oversee and manage the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives;
Identify programmatic areas for support and interventions within the Women, Peace, and Security areas;
Finalize country strategy documents, programme/ project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue, and other documents related to Women, Peace, and Security;
Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts, and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary.

Manage the implementation and management of the Women, Peace and Security programme

Finalize the annual work plan and budget and manage their implementation;
Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management within the Women, Peace, and Security/Syria portfolio;
Manage the technical implementation of the programme/ project; provide technical advice; ensure synergies with other teams;
Review the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports as required;
Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results-Based Management tools and performance indicators;
Lead Project Steering Committee, project review, and/or evaluation meetings.

Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

Provide technical advice to partners; oversee the provision of technical guidance by the team

Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women, Peace, and Security programme; respond to any potential problems;
Serve as an expert resource to partners on Women, Peace, and Security;
Implement and oversee capacity building opportunities and initiatives;
Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training, and capacity development initiatives.

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

Manage the process of monitoring the programme/ project implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output, and outcomes;
Write office donor and UN Women reports.

Manage the people and financial resources of the Women, Peace and Security programme

Manage the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
Manage Operations Analyst, Administrative Associate, Project Assistant, and Technical Specialists; mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
Finalize relevant documentation on donors and develop potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.

Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for the Women, Peace, and Security in Syria

Provide substantive technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees;
Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors, and NGOs to ensure the projects‘ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
Take part in country-level Common Country Assessment (CCA)/ United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes and similar exercises related to the RC system;
Prepare substantive inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents, as necessary.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building, and communication efforts

Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women, Peace, and Security;
Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation;
Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on Women, Peace, and Security.

Key Performance Indicators

Timely and quality programme strategies and contributions to Strategic Note;
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Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget, work plans, and the Strategic Note;
Strong and clear leadership/ supervision of team;
Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services;
Quality reports and timely submission;
Quality of advocacy, communication, and knowledge management initiatives;
Resources mobilized;
Strong relationships with donors, partners, and other stakeholders.


Core Values:

Respect for Diversity;

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
Creative Problem Solving;
Effective Communication;
Inclusive Collaboration;
Stakeholder Engagement;
Leading by Example.

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Functional Competencies

Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills;
Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
Excellent knowledge of Results-Based Management;
Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
Excellent knowledge in Women, Peace, and Security;
Ability to lead the formulation of strategies and their implementation;
Strong networking skills;
Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities, and threats to fundraising.

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 (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects;
Technical experience in Women, Peace, and Security;
Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required and Arabic is an asset;
Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

Application: All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from P11 form. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Note: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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