With the bilateral support of the Canadian International Development Agency [CIDA], UN Women is implementing a two-year programme, Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIVIAIDS, to reduce the vulnerability and mitigate the impact on HIV and AIDS on women in Sub-Saharan Africa through improved access to property and inheritance rights.
Ample research and evidence suggest that women who own property or otherwise control economic assets tend to have higher incomes, a secure place to live, and greater bargaining and decision-making power within their households. These factors enable women to better protect themselves from risks of HIV transmission and infection, to negotiate safer sex and to avoid the need to engage In transactional sex, At the same time, increasing economic assets and ensuring women's rights through access and recourse to legal mechanisms empowers women livlI1g With or affected by HIV/AIDS 10 cope with the impact of AIDS on their families and communities, particularly after the loss of the main breadwinner.
To catalyze strategic action, UN Women estabiished a small grants mechanism, the Fund for Women's Property & Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS, targeting community-based and grassroots organizations and networks working at the intersection of women's property and inheritance rights, A Call for Proposals was launched In 2010 attracting nearly 650 applications. Of these, twenty grantees in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have been selected.
UN Women is seeking a Project Coordina10rto coordinate and support the day-to-day management of the Fund at regional and country levels, S/he will report directly to the Fund Programme Manager. The Gender Equality and HIVIAIDS Section at HQ will provide programme oversight and technical guidance to the Fund Secretariat.
POST LEVEL: SC
DUTY STATION: Abuja
TYPE OF CONTRACT: Service Contract
Ensure and coordinate the provision of technical guidance to grantees with UN Women’s Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Section and Africa Region as requested
Establish a roster of regional technical experts and consultants in the area of WPIR and HIV to support grantees programme implementation
Coordinate closely with sub-regional HIV/AIDS focal points, operation manager and finance officers to ensure efficient disbursement and to track funds for all grantees
Create and maintain complete set of files for each grantee. Including proposal, grant agreement, performance monitoring frameworks, monitoring reports, progress and financial reports, as well as key communications.
Liaise with and coordinate communications with sub-regional Offices (SROs) and Country Office (Cos) on other request for assistance and follow up
MONITORING & EVALUATION
Coordinate with sub-regional M&E officers and country offices the provision of technical assistance to grantees for the development of project-level performance monitoring frameworks
Review grantees project-level performance monitoring frameworks to ensure alignment with guidelines and programme-level framework
Coordinate with relevant Country Office focal persons to monitor progress of grantees and to ensure grantee activities and outputs are in line with agreed work plans and programme outcomes. Ensure at least one monitoring visit to each grantees and timely submission of monitoring reports by Country Offices.
Review reports and identify appropriate and timely follow up support
Provide relevant research coordination and logistical support to evaluation team
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
Work closely with UN Women’s Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Section to strengthen information-sharing and organizational learning among and between grantees, SROs, COs, UN Women and external partners
In collaboration with Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Section, explore and identify appropriate and relevant platforms of knowledge exchange as an opportunity for grantees to share project achievements, challenges and lessons learned with each other and to enable UN Women to provide substantive technical support
Take the lead in initiating and facilitating lessons learning among grantees
Contribute to the development of knowledge products. Provide and analyze quantitative evidence to demonstrate impact of grantee projects to UN Women’s various stakeholders to stimulate learning about effective fir advancing women’s legal empowerment in the context of HIV/AIDS policy and progammes
Coordinate project visibility initiatives, including identify appropriate forums for UN Women and/or grantees, providing support for their substantive participation, and conducting publicly and media outreach at national, regional and global levels in conjunction with gender Equality and HIV/AIDS section, African Region and HQ Communications
Develop result-based reporting template and guidelines and disseminate to grantees via UN Women Country Offices.
Work closely with country offices to ensure timely submission of grantees progress and financial mid-term and final reports.
Aggregate grantees result and draft comprehensive mid-term and final narrative donor reports for submission to Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Section, liaising as necessary with country offices and/or grantees.
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNIFEM
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationally and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Strong planning, goal setting and prioritization skills
Results based management and quality delivery of outputs in accordance with time and budget
Ability to lead and mobilize staff and partners towards shared goals
Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with partners at all levels
Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills
Proven analytical and problem-solving skill and capacity to write clearly and concisely
Solid IT skills
Familiarity with UN Women and broad knowledge and understanding of the UN systems
Advance university degree in Political Science, International Development Studies, Law and/or Gender/Women’s Studies
Minimum of 2 years of professional experience, including experience in formulation, management and evaluation of programmes in developing with a gender approach
Experience in coordinating donor projects and working with multiple implementing partners
In-depth knowledge of programming on gender quality and HIV
Familiarity with bilateral and multilateral donor organizations and civil society organizations
Excellent organizational, process management and coordination skills
Proven experience in financial and administrative management functions
Superior writing and communication skills
Fluency in English required
Proficiency in French preferred
The consultancy will cover a period of 12 month, commencing June 2011
Interested candidates should forward their updated CV and a short covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (with subject line titled “WPIR-HIV Coordinator” not later than 2 weeks from the date of the publication.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.