Programme Specialist

United Nations Development Programme

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required :

A critical area of engagement for UN Women ECO has been providing institutional support to national gender machineries including the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (formerly Ministry of Women, Children and Youth) (MoWSA), sectoral ministries and regional counterparts. UN Women ECO will continue providing advisory support to increase capacities and advocacy for gender mainstreaming; coordination and oversight of  gender related law and policy development and implementation; harmonization and collaboration among partners involved in combating discrimination against women; monitoring and accountability systems for implementation of Ethiopia’s CEDAW commitments; and mechanisms for consistent responses to women and girls’ needs and priorities.

In this context, UN Women Ethiopia is seeking a Programme Specialist - Gender to support the Minister of MoWSA. While the position is based in the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, it requires significant liaising with UN Women ECO.  The role may encompass travel requirements to different regional states of Ethiopia. Under the overall contract supervision of UN Women’s National Programme Coordinator and the guidance of the Minister of Women and Social Affairs,  the Programme Specialist is responsible for providing strategic technical guidance and support including for the development of the national gender policy and gender equality roadmap, implementation of the gender focused targets and indicators under the 10 Years Development plan

Duties and Responsibilities:

Functions :

  • Provide technical support on the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UN  Women’s
  • Strategic note, programmes and projects
  • Develop institutional capacity for policy and strategy development on gender equality and women’s empowerment Provide technical guidance to the revision of the National Women’s Policy and the design of a gender equality policy for Ethiopia
  • Provide technical support in the preparation of the Gender Equality Roadmap for Ethiopia
  • Review policies and strategies on GEWE and their alignment to international, regional and national instruments and recommend their revision where necessary
  • Ensure that inclusive and participatory processes are adhered to in the policy and strategy development process, including women in vulnerable situations

Provide technical support to the Implementation of the 10 Years Development Plan and the Sector Plan of the:

  • Ministry of Women and Social Affairs
  • Provide strategic guidance in the design of implementation mechanisms for new initiatives identified in the 10 Years Development Plan
  • Identify partners and key stakeholders for the implementation of the initiatives and devise mechanisms for collaboration
  • Design resource mobilization strategies for the implementation of the initiatives
  • Provide technical assistance on systems to track progress on the implementation of the plan and strengthen monitoring and evaluation process

Provide technical advice to the Minister on gender equality and women’s empowerment and the mainstreaming:

  • gender into laws, policies, and strategies in the Country
  • Provide technical advice on the mainstreaming of gender into laws, polices and strategies developed in the country
  • Review and give feedback on project proposals, international and national agreements, and the corresponding periodic reports
  • Provide technical support to assess the consistent application of Affirmative actions by different sectors and regional bureaus.
  • Provide technical assistance to support the mainstreaming of gender and accountability mechanisms through the revision of tools and systems as well as putting in place capacity building initiatives both internally and externally
  • Provide technical assistance in the development of a Joint program that governs engagement with MoWSA

Coordinate the implementation and reporting on for international and regional human rights frameworks, SDGs and other commitments:

  • Provide  technical  advice  to  the  minister  on  signing,  acceding  to  and  ratifying  international  treaties  and commitments (e.g. UNSCR 1325 on the Women Peace and Security Agenda, the Violence and Harassment Convention) considering the interest of women and values and principles of the country
  • Provide technical support to the minister by preparing briefs, presentations, talking points and agendas for participation in high level international and regional meetings on gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Coordinate the preparation of periodic reports on international and regional commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (including periodic reports on CEDAW, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Maputo Protocol etc.)
  • Provide technical support to the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 5 and other gender equality indicators

Strengthen Partnership between MoWSA, UN Women and other partners:

  • Align support to the MoWSA with the plans and goals of UN Women
  • Facilitate coordination and communication between UN Women and the office of the minister
  • Provide technical support to     the MoWSA to develop appropriate strategies and programmes for effective implementation of UN Women’s thematic priorities
  • Devise mechanisms to strengthen UN Women’s credibility and visibility among international organizations, UN Agencies, donors, inter-governmental organizations to enhance collaboration and resource mobilization
  • Coordinate the regularization of partnership platforms
  • Provide recommendations on forging and strengthening partnerships with the private sector to enhance the participation and benefit of women
  • Coordinate the activities of the Ethiopian Chapter of the African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN)
  • Oversee the drafting and submission of a periodic report on the joint programme between UN Women and the MoWSA

Provide Technical Assistance for Advocacy and Knowledge Building:

  • Provide technical support in t the preparation of communication and advocacy strategies and action plans of the Miinistry
  • Provide technical and coordination support to the organization of high-level conferences, advocacy meetings and events
  • Provide innovative content and materials for advocacy and awareness creation on issues pertinent to UN Women’s mandates of ensuring gender equality and the empowerment of women
  • Prepare speeches and briefing notes for the minster’s engagement in high level events and forums
  • Provide technical assistance on the proper functioning of the National Gender information System (NGIS) and the analysis of data to influence policy and programmes
  • Liaise with academic and research institutes to undertake studies and assessments on the economic, social and political participation of women and girls and coordinate regularized gender research seminars

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Law, Human Rights, Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, Social work, Sociology Gender 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.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage


  • A  minimum  of  5  years  of  progressively  responsible  experience  in  programme management, programmatic and technical support(including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building); international development work preferably focused on, or strongly involving gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Previous experience in providing capacity building support to government institutions
  • Experience in result-based management.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Amharic is required
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset