District Project Officer – Gender & Governance
UN WOMEN – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Location: Several States
Last Date: January 30, 2011
WOMEN – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment
Date of Issue: 12 January 2011
Closing Date: 30 January 2011
Code Title : District Project Officer – Gender &
Organization : UN Women – United Nations
Entity for Gender
Equality and the
Empowerment of Women
Classified Grade : SC-Band 6
supervisor : Senior Program Specialist – UN WOMEN
Station : Dhenkanal and Gajapati in Orissa
Vizianagaram and Srikakulam
in Andhra Pradesh
Nalanda and Supaul in Bihar
Mysore and Kolar in
Jhabua and Sehore in Madhya
Dungarpur, Tonk and Alwar in
Contract : Service Contract
Posts : 13
Duration : One Year
vacancy is open to applicants of either sex with an approach
to have a workforce
which reflects diversity and gender balance, to promote equal
opportunities. UN does not solicit or screen for information in
respect of HIV or AIDS status. All selections are based on merit.
UN Women is the UN
Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
created to accelerate progress on gender
equality and the realization of women’s rights. UN Women is a
dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with
a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels. UN
Women’s South Asia Regional Office, based in New Delhi, India,
covers eight countries of the region, i.e., Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In South
Asia, UN Women specifically focuses on: Strengthening
women’s economic security and rights; Ending violence against women,
including trafficking and HIV/AIDS; and Promoting women’s political
leadership in democratic governance and peace building.
The Government of India and UN Women are
collaborating through the Government’s panchayati raj institutions to
empower women in politics and governance. Within this larger
framework, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and UN Women, South Asia
Regional Office (SARO) have launched a programme on gender responsive
governance called ‘Promoting Women’s Leadership and Governance in
India and South Asia’.
The programme aims to empower elected women
representatives in local governments to make public policy and
resource allocation responsive to women’s human rights.
The programme will adopt three main strategies:
Support trainings, coalitions and advocacy
so that women representatives transform and implement policies,
programmes and resource allocations in favour of women’s rights; and
Strengthen key capacity development and
media institutions in the region to mainstream gender responsive
governance in their programmes.
Support research and policy advocacy to
address the legal and policy impediments to women’s political
The District Project Officers, each based in one
district covered under the Programme will be responsible to oversee
and monitor the implementation of the project at district-levels and
ensure achievement of programme outcome, including attending Gram
Panchayat, Gram Sabha and Ward Sabha meetings and help the people
take up issues that concern women.
The District Project Officers will report to
Governance team at UN Women SARO in Delhi and will also coordinate
with the State Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,
SIRDs and UNICEF offices in respective states.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Responsible for providing overall district
level coordination and all-round support related to the initiation
and completion of project activities – prepare and implement the
project Annual Work Plan in the district.
Ensure periodic review of project progress
made in activities as per work plan, adjust work plan if required,
and provide timely information to project authorities to ensure
Ensure effective financial management and
reporting as per the UN guidelines and submit timely financial and
physical progress reports to the UN Women and MoPR as well as ensure
timely closing of project activities.
Support the Monitoring & Evaluation
framework in the context of results based management approach,
focusing on the following results:
Assist programme unit in
Monitoring & Evaluation activities in overall work plan – including
monitoring the work of the programme partners in the field.
Coordinate mid-term and
final evaluation of the programme.
Prepare highlight and
other program related to activities assigned by Senior Programme
Officer, Governance Unit, UN Women.
IV. Impact of Results
The key results have
an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas
of cooperation (gender and governance). In particular, the key
results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of
activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching
resource mobilization targets.
Competencies and Critical Success Factors
by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision,
mission, and strategic goals of UN WOMEN
gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and
Treats all people fairly
Management and Learning
Promotes a knowledge
sharing and learning culture in the office
In-depth knowledge on
Ability to advocate and
provide policy advice
Actively works towards
continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice
Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Ability to lead
strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
Ability to lead
formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development
programmes and projects, mobilize resources
Good knowledge of the
Results Management Guide and Toolkit
Strong IT skills
Ability to lead
implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff
behavioral/ attitudinal change
Focuses on impact and
result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Leads teams effectively
and shows conflict resolution skills
work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates strong oral
and written communication skills
Builds strong relationships with clients and external
Remains calm, in control
and good humored even under pressure
Demonstrates openness to
change and ability to manage complexities
Graduate Degree from a recognised University .in
Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences
or related field.
5 years experience of working
with the Gram Panchayats/ women’s organisation/ women’s
understanding of gender issues,
Ability to deal with
stakeholders at all levels from community to senior government
Ability to deal with large meetings of people and
assist in the discussions.
Basic knowledge of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Capacity to handle internationally aided programs.
Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge
of State’s official language is a must.
Knowledge of local Languages and culture.
Interested applicants should
apply for the vacancy, using the “Personal History Form
- P 11” and the latest CV.
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