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Policy Specialist - Women's Political Participation Full-time Job

1 year ago   Program & Project   Nairobi   3.4K views Reference: 608
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Policy Specialist - Women's Political Participation

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide policy and programme advice to country offices, specific technical assistance and quality assurance:

  • Provide technical support and policy advice to programme/ project managers/ specialists in country offices (COs) to support implementation of thematic programmes, aligned with corporate direction and messaging, including the UN Secretary General Common Agenda, and in compliance with UN System wide policy.
  • Oversee the development of regional programming on womens political participation in collaboration with COs, the Liaison Office in Addis Ababa and the Political Participation team in Headquarters.
  • Provide thematic oversight of COs corporate planning (incl. development of Strategic Notes and Biannual Work Plans) and annual reporting processes (inc. Annual Report to the Executive Board) ensuring corporate policy coherence (including thematic support to UNSDCF processes as needed).

Provide capacity building support to country office teams and partners:

  • Provide substantive and policy support to COs to implement and localize corporate guidance notes, knowledge products and tools, ensuring policy and strategic coherence, and avoiding duplication.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor capacity building initiatives on key priority topics in the region.
  • Manage surge capacity deployments as needed, experts, practitioners, trainers, academics, etc.
  • Work closely with and provide advice to regional/ national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies related to womens political participation and where necessary represent UN-Women.

Manage the resource mobilization strategy in the area of womens political participation in the region

  • Undertake targeted resource mobilization in the area of womens political.
  • Provide technical support to offices with resource mobilization efforts in this area, including through substantive inputs to resource mobilization programme documents and consultations with donors as needed.
  • Prepare and/or deliver presentations to development partners on this topic as needed.

Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with regional/ international actors and development partners and stakeholders.

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of womens political participation in the region, especially with the African Union (AU), and the RECS (IGAD, SADC, EAC and ICGLR).
  • Produce periodic updates and briefs on regional/country development situation to be used by stakeholders, COs, RO and Headquarters.
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN-Women Liaison Office in Addis Ababa and HQ.

Oversee knowledge management on womens political participation:

  • Conduct capacity building and substantive sessions through in-person trainings, induction, webinars, workshops etc.
  • Provide quality assurance of COs knowledge products in line with corporate strategies.
  • Manage the Regional Community of Practice on Women's Political Participation, including through codifying lessons learned and good practices from the region and liaise with HQ focal point for ongoing contribution to the global thematic Community of Practice.
  • Maintain up-to-date relevant thematic regional data; and integrate analysis to policy-oriented advocacy and corporate support (e.g. briefing notes, background papers, region-specific reports).

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support.
  • Leadership in area of expertise in the region.
  • A regional programme document for resource mobilization is finalized.
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders.
  • Regular communication with colleagues at both country, regional and global levels to ensure policy coherence.
  • UN-Women is well represented in important meetings on topics related to expertise.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of womens political empowerment and leadership (including issues related to democratic development, electoral assistance, campaigns, legal frameworks, political parties, legislatures, local government).
  • Strong knowledge of the region.
  • Knowledge of the UN System is an advantage
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities, and threats to fundraising.
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings.
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results-based management, and reporting.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in diverse teams, as well as strong communication skills.
  • Ability to undertake frequent travel within the East and Southern Africa region.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters degree or equivalent in political science, gender studies, law, human rights, international relations, or other social science fields 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.


  • At least 7 years progressively responsible experience in developing programmes and advocating for womens political empowerment and/or gender-responsive, ideally with some experience in developing countries.
  • Experience in programmme development, policy research and analysis and resource mobilization.
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors, and civil society organizations internationally and in the field.
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset.
  • Experience working in ESA region is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of French and Arabic is an asset.
Company Description
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

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