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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Project Officer, UN Women, Cairo, EGYPT

Location :Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :06-Dec-15
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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.
Under the overall guidance and direction of the UN Women unit of Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), the Project Officer contributes to the effective management of UN Women project in agri-business sector by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women project by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, bi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society ensuring successful UN Women project implementation.
UN Women has entered into a partnership with USAID to provide a mechanism to advance safe and women-friendly workplaces within the agribusiness sector in Egypt. The project targets six agribusiness firms and related value-chains to assist them to reposition themselves as models in gender-balanced workplace policies, attitudes, and inclusive work environments that promote equal job opportunities, equal wage for work of equal value, provides incentives for employees’ retention, and low rate of absenteeism particularly for women. The project works at multiple levels to respond to the specific support needs at the targeted agribusiness firms dealing with management, staff, related supply chain, women farmers/ workers at processors and factories, and farmers’ associations (if any), so that they may have greater influence in reshaping their internal employment policies.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of UN Women’s unit of Women Economic Empowerment and UN Women Country Representative, the project officer will ensure implementation and coordination on project activities across the subject matter. Summary of Key Functions:
  • Programme Development;
  • Project Management;
  • Strategic partnerships building.
Programme Development
  • Keeps abreast of data and studies related to agri-business and women’s economic empowerment and documents evidence based practices in this field;
  • Contributes substantively to discussions on the strategic direction of UNW country office economic empowerment programme;
  • Participates in the design and formulation of programme initiatives translating UNW’s priorities into local interventions and ensuring substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches;
  • Helps ensure quality of programme/projects design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems;
  • Expedites and coordinates programmes/projects implementation establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient delivery of inputs, ensure harmonization of activities and exchange of information;
  • Ensures effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results.
Project Management
  • Supports the planning, coordination and implementation of project activities;
  • Conducts field visits to supervise, coordinate, facilitate and monitor field level activities of portfolio;
  • Measures and reports on progress in achieving results of portfolio while assessing risks and developing mitigating measures;
  • Identifies appropriate service providers, and consultants for the implementation of project activities;
  • Provides technical support for the identification of project beneficiaries including agri-business firms, farmers’ organizations and other value chain partners;
  • Undertakes the preparation of TORs, letters of agreement, and contracts for implementation of project activities;
  • Reviews project outputs, including service provider project reports, training materials, ensuring high quality delivery etc;
  • Communicates and liaises with target group to ensure project activities are implemented according to work plans and high technical standards;
  • Supports effective coordination with UNW management to ensure timely project delivery and high quality reporting requirements;
  • Performs other duties as required.
Strategic partnerships building
  • ??Supports strategic partnerships by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events;
  • Helps create and coordinate partnerships with the UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral donor, private sector, civil society etc;
  • Proactively contribute to UN Women knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Understands donor visibility guidelines and ensures its application.

Core Values and Guiding Principles:
  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies:
Ethics and Values
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.
Organizational Awareness
  • Building support and political acumen.
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.
Working in Teams
  • Building and promoting effective teams.
Communicating Information and Ideas
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.
Self-management and Emotional intelligence
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreemente.
Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  •  Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Masters’ Degree in business administration, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, Social Science, or related field. 
  • Minimum four years of relevant experience, including the management of development projects at the national or international level including hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation, addressing initiatives on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Experience with UN Agencies and ATLAS would be an asset.
Language Requirenments:
  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of official national language essential.

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.

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