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.
About the UAE Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
The UAE Liaison Office for the GCC was inaugurated in 2016 to focus on 3 areas in terms of its mandate. These include advocacy for UN Women to drive its global mandate, resource mobilization for UN Women programs globally and coordination of partnerships to drive the work and strategic priorities of UN Women in the GCC region.
The office acts as a liaison between UN Women globally and stakeholders in the GCC from the private sector, government, academia and non-
profits. The office reports to UN Women global headquarters.
Reporting to the Director of the UAE Liaison Office, the Programme Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day management of the UAE office.
The incumbent is responsible for substantially contributing to the design, implementation, management and oversight of the operations supporting its implementation to ensure effective and efficient delivery of results as planned in UN Women’s Strategic Plan and the office annual strategic work plan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the office and team :
Manage the day-to-day work of the team, including finalizing the team’s annual work plan;
Manage the process of project, conceptualization, planning, implementing and monitoring; and the management of material and financial resources;
Lead the process of preparing progress reports for key projects and identifying areas for UN Women Liaison Office Director and Representatives action and / or decision;
Technically support the development of the Office strategies and plan, as required.
Provide advisory and specialized technical support on the strategic direction of the office :
Advise and guide the Director of the Office on strategic areas;
Provide specialized technical and strategic support in managing all aspects of strategy design and related activities and for ensuring compliance and accountability in monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
Develop briefing documents, briefs and other strategic papers / materials for use in the development and presentation of innovative and coherent policy and other positions;
Serve as a senior member of the management team.
Represent UN Women in UN system coordination, with a focus on joint projects and collaboration :
As delegated by the UN Women Country Representative, represent UN Women in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and / or other inter-
agency taskforces to collaborate with the Resident Coordinator and UN system on interagency coherence, collaboration, cooperation, resource mobilization, advocacy, common services, and operations;
Ensure UN Women’s participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to advance UN Women’s mandate.
Provide technical support in creation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization strategies :
Provide substantive research and inputs in the formulation and implementation of the country resource mobilization strategy;
Establish and maintain relations with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances to advance UN Women’s mandate and resource mobilization.
Represent UN Women and support advocacy strategies :
Represent, act as official spokesperson and advocate for UN Women in organizational, regional, global, public information / relations events and key meetings, as delegated;
Develop and implement advocacy and public communication strategies.
Facilitate knowledge management, innovation and capacity building :
Manage the process of collecting and sharing lessons learned on gender equality and women’s empowerment to build knowledge and capacity of partners and stakeholders;
Oversee the design and implementation of capacity building training activities to enhance skills and knowledge.
Key Performance Indicators :
Timely and quality provision of strategic support and advise to the Director of the UAE Liaison Office;
Timely and quality delivery of the team;
Regular interaction and establishment of joint activities and projects with other agencies and partners;
Quality of inputs provided in formulation and implementation of the country resource mobilization strategy;
Quality and number of knowledge management and advocacy initiatives undertaken;
Quality mentoring, training, coaching which affects performance of Staff;
UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner, providing substantial inputs to progress UN women’s mandate.
Core Values :
Respect for Diversity;
Core Competencies :
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
Creative Problem Solving;
Leading by Example.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies : .
Functional Competencies :
Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
Ability to provide policy advice and support to partners;
Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
Strong analytical skills;
Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
Strong knowledge of the UN system;
Strong knowledge of local country context;
Strong negotiation skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in international development, international relations, public administration, public policy or other relevant social science fields 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.
At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience that combines leadership in the management of partnerships and or, communications / advocacy and or social responsibility programs including project / program strategy design, management and implementation with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment at the national or international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or in the field of social responsibility and communications within the private sector;
Experience in leading and working with multi-cultural teams;
Experience and strong knowledge of the GCC context;
Experience working with the UN will be an asset.
Fluency in English and Arabic is required;
Knowledge of another UN working language will be an asset.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.
Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
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.
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.