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, under its flagship programme on “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Climate-Resilient Agriculture” (hereafter CRA FP) and with support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), is seeking a qualified Regional Policy Advisor to lead the initiative in East and Southern Africa, based in the UN Women Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.
The flagship programme covers four priority outcome areas, which will require action from a coalition of partners to achieve:
By addressing the gender gap in agriculture through informed, women-centered investments and interventions that remove structural barriers and promote equal access to land and other productive resources, the initiative will support women’s economic empowerment and overall sustainable development.
Reporting to the Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, the Regional Policy Advisor will support programme development and knowledge management across the CRA FP country programmes in the region. The Policy Advisor will oversee the launch of country programmes and will thereafter support the country programme coordinators. The position involves high-level advocacy and partnership building, as well as policy and technical support and advisory functions. The Regional Policy Advisor will lead in developing strategies and methodologies towards programme outcomes; identify opportunities for engagement with partners and for resource mobilization; keep abreast of policy research and development practice in gender and climate-resilient agriculture; ensure knowledge, learning and innovation in programmatic areas, including through documentation and contributing to a community of practice on gender and climate-resilient agriculture; handle communications within the region and with the counterpart Regional Policy Advisor in the UN Women Regional Office in Dakar and UN Women headquarters; and represent the programme externally.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the development of country programmes under the CRA FP with UN Women country offices and country programme coordinators
Lead the provision of capacity-building support to country programme coordinators
Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners
Lead the design of strategies to achieve CRA FP outcomes in the region and the development of relevant knowledge products
Manage knowledge building and sharing for the CRA FP
Key Performance Indicators
Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Professionalism: 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.
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 innovation
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 learning
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Ensure fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk
Required Skills and Experience
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.