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Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment


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.

UN Women’s China Office in Beijing supports and carries out work on (i) enhancing women's economic empowerment (WEE); (ii) ending violence against women; and (iii) innovative work to address gender issues in China. In addition to the above, UN Women also actively participates and contributes to various UN inter-agency processes and collaborates with UN organizations around specific programme areas.

Enhancing women’s economic empowerment is one of the key areas of UN Women’s work in China. The WEE portfolio includes five main pillars:1) support women’s skills development and life-long learning; 2) empower women-owned SMEs and entrepreneurs; 3) empower women in rural areas; 4) incentivize companies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment; and 5) establish network, partnership, and collaboration to advance WEE.

Under WEE, a new programme “Enhancing Women Workers’ Employment and Career Development Opportunities” funded by EU will support. The Programme will contribute to the Outcome “Women workers in China have better access to employment and career development” through the three Outputs:

  • Output 1  Women workers have enhanced capacity for employment and career development in 100 enterprises in Guangdong Province

  • Output 2   Employers and industries have tools, capacities and established mechanisms to support women workers’ employment and career development rights in 100 enterprises in Guangdong Province

  • Output 3   Key stakeholders create a more enabling environment to protect and promote the rights of women workers in Guangdong Province, especially through evidence-based policy dialogue

Reporting to the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under their portfolio.  The Programme Specialist works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, as well as the Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under WEE portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities


1. Design and develop programme strategies in the area of WEE including with private sector and industry associations

  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;

  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to WEE

2. Manage the implementation and management of the WEE programme

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;

  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;

  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;

  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;

  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

3. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives

  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WEE; respond to any potential problems;

  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

4. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results based management tools;

  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;

  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;

  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.

5. Manage the people and financial resources of the WEE programme

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;

  • Supervise Programme Analyst and Programme Associate; Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;

  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

6. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;

  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;

  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

  • Build partnership and resource mobilization strategy

7. Contribute to inter-agency coordination on WEE to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in China

  • Provide technical support to the Country Representative and Partnership Specialist on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;

  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

8. Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the WEE

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to WEE as necessary;

  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;

  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;

  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on WEE.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note

  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security

  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes

  • Relations with partners and stakeholders

  • Quality reports and timely submission

  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners

  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives


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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management

  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making

  • Strong knowledge of WEE

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field 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


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;

  • Technical experience in Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE);

  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;

  • Experience in collaborating and fundraising with the private sector is desirable

  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;

  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and Chinese is required;

  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;

How to apply

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11).  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.

The Submission package includes:

Please click the link below to submit your application 

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