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Programme Officer, Women, Peace and Security – UNDP

 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is looking for qualified applicants for following open  position in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Title

Programme Officer, Women, Peace and Security – UNDP

Job Overview 

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Grade: SB-4, Entry Professional

Occupations: Diversity and Gender, Peace and Security, Programme and Project Management, Security and Safety, Social and Inclusive Development


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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.

Country Context

In recent years, conflict in Ethiopia has displaced many Ethiopians. Ethiopia is also hosting a huge number of refugees from neighboring countries. As anywhere else in the world, women and children are highly and disproportionately being affected by a lack of peace in the country. While women can contribute to peace building and conflict resolution efforts, they are mostly marginalized and portrayed as victims only. To ensure comprehensive response in peace building and conflict resolution, there is a need for advocacy and capacity building of government, CSOs, media and women groups on the issue of WPS and developing and implementation of a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The UN Security Council Resolution 1325, unanimously adopted in October 2000, stressed the importance of equal participation and full involvement of women in conflict prevention and resolution, relief and recovery efforts and maintaining and promoting peace and security. The Government of Ethiopia has committed to developing a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security to provide a comprehensive framework to implement UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions and ensure the full and meaningful participation of women in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. UN Women in Ethiopia is therefore committed to supporting the Government of Ethiopia and other key actors in the promotion of the WPS agenda in Ethiopia.

About the Position

Reporting to the Program Specialist Women in Leadership and Governance, the Programme Officer contributes to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the CO by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation. The Programme Officer guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes on Women Peace and Security by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and developing enhancements if necessary. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ personnel, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.


Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Women Peace and Security

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Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives.

Identify areas for support and intervention related to the programme.


  • Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security
  • Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget.
  • Support the implementation of programme activities.
  • Lead/Support the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners.
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners
  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities; Develop technical knowledge products
  • Maintain relationships with national partners to support the implementation and expansion of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security.
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and training of partners, as needed.
  • Build the capacity of partners on Results-Based Management and monitor implementation.
  • Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project
  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools.
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results, outputs and outcomes.
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.


  • Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security
  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary.
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial 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.
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.
  • Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on the thematic area of UN Women’s initiatives on Women Peace and Security to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country
  • Provide substantive technical support to the Programme Specialist on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.
  • Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to UN Women interventions on women peace and security.
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on women peace and security thematic area.



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

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Good knowledge of Results-Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of technical areas
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising



  • Master’s degree in Conflict and Peace Studies, Gender and Development, International Relations, Public Administration, Law, Human Rights or equivalent in relevant fields of Social Science 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


  • Minimum five years of relevant experience in implementation of projects related to women’s empowerment and women, peace and security.
  • Demonstrable experience in organizing multi-stakeholder meetings and coordinating with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, non-governmental organizations, women groups, and local communities.
  • Experience in preparing background documents, agendas and talking points for such meetings.
  • Hands-on experience in the implementation and evaluation of development projects and programmes will be an advantage
  • Knowledge of the governance, peace and security context in Ethiopia and experience working with government partners
  • Hands-on experience in designing, implementing and monitoring development projects with particular experience in the areas of women, peace and security a distinct advantage.
  • Experience in results-based and rights-based development approaches and management of multi-stakeholder programmes.
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills.
  • Proven advocacy, analytical and writing skills
  • Computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others)


  • Language Requirement
  • Fluency in English and Amharic is required.
  • Knowledge of other local languages is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

How to Apply


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.)

Application Deadline:1 Dec 2021


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