UN Women: Country Representative
UN Women: Country Representative

Job description

Organization:UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Category:Operation management
Grade: P-5
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: 24-Jan-17


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.

Reporting to the Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, the Country Representative is responsible for leading and managing the Papua New Guinea Country Office (CO) portfolio and for translating the UN Women's Strategic Plan (SP) in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects for each country under the Papua New Guinea CO; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage strategic country programme planning and development:
Identify development planning and programme needs, opportunities and approaches to
strengthen UN Women’s presence and relevance in Papua New Guinea;

Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country
Strategic Note;

Participate in the region’s UN Women’s regional priority setting, and provide advice to the
Regional Director and Senior Management on the strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;

Manage and oversee the planning, design, and quality of results-based and rights-based
programming through the formulation of expected programme results, the development of
strategies, and the implementation of frameworks, in line with corporate guidelines and
consistent with corporate policies and strategies;

Lead the monitoring of results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Manage the Papua New Guinea Country Office:

Lead the office in the delivery of programme results;

Lead the preparation, submission and/or approval of annual and programme work plans
and budgets, and oversee their implementation and monitoring through the provision of
strategic guidance and management support;

Approve and oversee the appropriate and timely allocation and use of resources in full compliance with UN Women rules and regulations;

Manage UN Women mandated progress reports, including quarterly and progress reports;

Manage the CO collaboration with audit reviews and ensure timely response to audit

Supervise the development and implementation on CO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;

Manage the performance of staff under his/her supervision; provide managerial direction,
guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff
under supervision;
Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance
with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.

Participate in UN system coordination:

Serve as member of the UN Country Team under the strategic guidance and coordination
of the UN RC/HC and support UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender
equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming
processes, including the Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA) and UNDAF;

Provide leadership and guidance to the UNCT in support of UN coordination, promotion of
accountability, and enhanced response to national partners to advance gender equality
and women’s empowerment;

Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence,
collaboration, resource mobilization, advocacy, common services, and operations;

Actively seek out participation of UN Women in UN system thematic and other working
groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking
on development, with view to supporting programmatic growth for UN Women to advance
gender equality across key thematic areas;
Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality
and women’s human rights.

Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies:

Represent UN Women in and substantively contribute to intergovernmental forums, public
information/relations events, policy dialogues officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral
agencies and NGOs, to advocate for increased investments for women’s empowerment
and gender equality;

Participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events, and contribute to
strategic discussions with view to assess and enhance the impact and efficacy of UN Women policies and programmes;

Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure
that UN support towards the realization of national plans and priorities is done in a gender
responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect
gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships, and design and execute resource mobilization
Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies, including through identification
of innovative private-public models and domestic sources of financing to broaden the
funding base for UN Women in Papua New Guinea; Manage the implementation of
resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;

Establish and maintain close relationships with government entities, civil society, public and
private sector partners, and both traditional and non-traditional donors, with view to
broaden and deepen collaboration and mobilize new resources for programme
development and implementation;

Negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Review and approve donor reports and establish reporting accountability frameworks to ensure that donors

receive timely, high-quality reports and updates on a regular basis.

Knowledge management, innovation and capacity-building:

Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices in Papua New
Guinea CO programming and operations, and oversee their implementation with view to
maximizing efficiency and the achievement of concrete and sustainable results;

Conceptualize and execute innovative models for sustainable and catalytic financing for
gender equality in the country, including through cost-sharing with government and/or the
private sector;

Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity
guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members;

Lead the production of knowledge products, including to showcase concrete results and
highlight the impact of UN Women’s work in the country to diverse audiences.

Key Performance Indicators:

The successful performance of the UN Women Representative of the key functions directly result in effective and strategic development, implementation and management of high-quality CO programs and projects and achievement of quality results which in turn directly impact on the resource base, credibility and image of UN Women as an effective and efficient partner and as the leading knowledge-based technical and advocacy organization for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Timely and quality implementation of the Country Strategic Note and AWP;

Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports and responses to audits;

Security Plans are in place and up to date;

UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner, providing substantial inputs to progress UN women’s mandate;

Timely development and implementation of CO resource mobilization strategy that results in the mobilization of additional resources from diverse sources;

Timely and quality donor reporting;

Office produces quality knowledge products and communications and advocacy materials that speak to the impact of UN Women’s work;

High performance of staff under supervision.


Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields.

Work Experiance

A minimum of 10 years of extensive development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation, including in sustainable development, inclusive growth, human security and gender equality, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programs or UN Mission;

Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;

Experience in leading a team.


Core Values:


Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions
and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive
areas of work.

Respect for Diversity:

Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the
diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values
and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

Demonstrate and promote ethics and integrity by creating organizational precedents.

Organizational Awareness:

Build support for the organization and ensure political acumen.
Development and Innovation:

Support staff competence development, and contribute to an environment of creativity and

Work in teams:

Build and promote effective teams. Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi
ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different
national and cultural backgrounds.

Communication and Information Sharing:
Create and promote an environment for open and effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with
diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views
and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

Share knowledge across the organization and build a culture of knowledge sharing and
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

Ensure fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk.

Functional Competencies:
Ability to manage and empower people to work effectively together in reaching results;

Outstanding leadership skills;

Substantive knowledge of programme management and results-based management;

Outstanding negotiation, advocacy and interpersonal skills;
Expertise in writing coherent and convincing documents;

Outstanding communications and public speaking skills;

Excellent planning, goal-setting and prioritization skills;

Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other international partners to promote partnerships and build alliances to
advance organizational interests and competencies;

Ability to go beyond established procedures and practices, introduce new approaches and
strategic innovations;

Strong knowledge of developmental policy priorities in the country, including sustainable development, inclusive growth, human security, and women’s empowerment and gender

Strong knowledge of the UN system;

Outstanding resource mobilization skills.


Written and oral proficiency in English is required;

Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset.

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