Program Associate, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Ethiopia

City: Addis Ababa

Office: UNDP Addis Ababa

Closing date: Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Program Associate

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Application Deadline : 03-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Gender Equality

Type of Contract : Service Contract

Post Level : SB-4

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


Duration of Initial Contract : 12 Months with possibility of extension

Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 Months with possibility of extension

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. UN Women supports United Nations Member States in setting international standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to formulate and enforce the laws, policies, programs and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and that they truly benefit women and girls around the world.

UN Women through its Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) engages with the AU and its various organs, the UNECA and civil society organizations, as well as the diplomatic community. Through the office, UN Women provides technical support to Member States and the AU in the adoption, implementation and monitoring of commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE), in accordance with its mandate. Furthermore, the UN Women Liaison Office represents UN Women in the UN Liaison Team and facilitates the participation of relevant UN Women Offices including regional offices for East and Southern Africa (ESAR), West and Central Africa (WCAR) and North Africa (ROAS) in the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) for Africa to advance the GEWE agenda on the continent.

UN Women through its Liaison Office to the AU and ECA aims at providing technical assistance to the African Union Commission (AUC) through the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) to effectively mainstream gender issues in AU and its programs and policy processes. UN Women Liaison Office also collaborates with relevant departments of the AUC for gender responsive development and implementation of regional initiatives. In addition, the Liaison Office continues to establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with relevant UN agencies, INGOs and CSOs to implement catalytic initiatives in supporting the continental GEWE agenda. In this regard, the Liaison Office carries out knowledge management activities by tracking the implementation of policies as well as identifying and disseminating advocacy messages and good practices to inform decisions and priorities of the AU and its organs. The Liaison Office accordingly endeavors to catalyze the adoption and implementation of gender responsive regional policies which inform programming, policy and partnerships at different levels in Africa.

In 2022, with the establishment of the Liaison Office as a full-fledged presence, it set out to develop a Strategic Note (2022-2025) to define its key development results and management/operational results. The Strategic Note will be aligned with the global UN Women Strategic Plan (2022-2025), the AU GEWE Strategy (2018-2028), Agenda 2063 and other key GEWE, peace and development frameworks of Africa as well as global normative frameworks. To support this process and ongoing collaborations with AU and other regional stakeholders, the Liaison Office proposes to engage the services of a "Program Associate" who will be part of the core Liaison Office program team.

Reporting to the Liaison Specialist, the Program Associate contributes to the effective management of UN Women Liaison Office programmes and initiatives by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation, and evaluation. The Program Associate facilitates the delivery of UN Women Liaison priorities by monitoring results achieved during implementation by ensuring the appropriate application of systems and procedures as well as developing enhancements if necessary. The Program Associate works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team in UN Women Liaison Office, Regional Offices, Ethiopia Country Office and HQs as well as officials in regional organisations, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society organizations to ensure the successful implementation of UN Women Liaison initiatives and programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute technically to the development and implementation of programmes and initiatives of the Liaison Office

Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
Provide technical and logistical support to the development of UN Women Liaison Strategic Note 2022-2025

Provide technical inputs to the development of Liaison Office annual workplan and budget;
Lead the implementation of programme, normative and coordination activities;
Lead the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of regional partners;
Provide technical assistance and capacity development to regional project/programme partners

Coordinate and provide technical support to AU, UN System and regional CSOs in the implementation of continental GEWe programs and initiatives;
Maintain relationships with regional partners to support implementation and expansion of UN Women Liaison portfolio;
Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.

Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of Liaison programmes/ projects and initiatives

Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
Draft results, outputs and outcomes reports on Liaison programmes/projects and initiatives

Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women Liaison Office reports.

Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of finances of the Liaison Office

Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;
Monitor and ensure the timely submission donor reports.

Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies

Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
Contribute to development and strengthening of networks and broad-based partnerships at regional level to ensure collective knowledge of gender equality, advocacy and lobby for GEWE and documentation on good practices;
Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.

Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination for gender mainstreaming through coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes and initatives with other regional partners

Provide substantive technical support to the Special Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs;
Participate and provide technical inputs and coordination support to UN’s Regional Coordination Mechanism Clusters and UN Liaison Team;
Prepare analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s regional level inter-agency coordination role.

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to Liaison thematic priority areas;
Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products to inform regional policy development, monitoring and implementation;
Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
Provide support to the documentation and sharing of good practices and dissemination of lessons learned in the implementation of AU led initiatives;
Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


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.

Functional Competencies

Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting skills

Knowledge of Results Based Management;
Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations

Good analytical skills;
Knowledge of the Africa regional gender equality and women’s empowerment context

Understanding and knowledge of intergovernmental policy processes, mechanisms, and partnerships

Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to partnerships and resource mobilization

Required Skills and Experience


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


At least two years of progressive work experience in programme/project development and implementation, policy advocacy, coordination, knowledge management, donor reporting and capacity building at global/regional/national levels;
Experience coordinating and liaising with intergovernmental agencies and regional organizations such as AU and RECs as well as donors


Fluency in oral and written English is required;
Knowledge of French language is an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are required to include in the P-11 form links for their previously published reports and articles completed within the last two years. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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