Programme Management Specialist

Programme Management Specialist

UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

La Paz, Bolivia


Reporting to the Country Programme Manager, the Programme Management Specialist plays a key role in the implementation of resource mobilization and strategic partnership activities. The specialist also works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ Staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under her/his portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build strategic partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
    • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
    • Plan and oversee the implementation of public information and fund raising events;
    • Liaise with Regional Office and HQ resource mobilization team regarding funding opportunities, development, guidance and other materials on UN Women Resource Mobilization policy;
    • Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for resource mobilization and cost sharing;
    • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors´ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.
  • Manage the programmatic development for the Country Office, based on the Strategic Note:
    • Provide overall programme advisory support to the Office Management;
    • Guide the development of the Country Office programme, and provide technical support to the design and formulation of programme/project initiatives;
    • Review and provide feedback to project/programme strategies and documents, workplans, case studies and related knowledge products and publications, as needed;
    • Provide technical advice on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting;
    • Review and evaluate proposals and oversee the preparation of donor proposals and reports;
    • Draft policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/materials for the use in the development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions.
  • Provide technical support to the implementation of the Country Office programme:
    • Review programme annual work plans to assure compliance with UN Women programme goals and results-based indicators;
    • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
    • Draft reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; and compile information in preparations of country office donor and UN Women reports;
    • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
    • Manage programme quality control and identification of potential challenges;
    • Align programme activities with operations team in close liaison with Operations Managers;
    • Build and manage relationships with national partners, as necessary.
  • Manage monitoring and reporting for the Country Office:
    • Recommend and establish programme monitoring standards, criteria, and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results;
    • Manage the monitoring of mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
    • Coordinate the process of gathering information and preparing progress reports on programme implementation; prepare technical reports;
    • Prepare programme team for audits and monitor implementation of audit recommendations;
    • Provide training on results-based management to office staff, as necessary.
  • Oversee and guide people and budget management for the programme team:
    • Lead a team, perform staff performance reviews, ensure capacity development of staff members by suggesting development opportunities;
    • Monitor and analyze financial situation on the portfolios and programmes to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results;
    • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination across the office, between programmes, projects and operations, and with other UN Women offices and units.
  • Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communications efforts:
    • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the country programme;
    • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to the country programme as necessary;
    • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
    • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on the country programme.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competences:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them for development results;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Good knowledge of UN programme management systems;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Ability to plan and organize work programme.

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, or Gender.


  • 5 years of experience in programme management, including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Experience in building and maintaining partnerships and fundraising;
  • Experience in working in a gender related area is an asset;
  • Experience in leading teams effectively is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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