Programme Manager, Women, Peace and Security – Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan
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Programme Manager, Women, Peace and Security – Kabul

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Application closing date: 30 June 2019 


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.

Since 2010, UN Women has been providing support to partners in Afghanistan to increase the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and sustainable peacebuilding processes. Under the current country Strategic Note (2014-2019) and in line with UN Partnership for Sustainable Development (2016-2020) and Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework (2017 – 2021), UN Women supports the government to implement its National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325), including district and provincial localization, and to achieve targets of SDG 5 and 16.

Within this framework, UN Women supports capacity development of women peacebuilders and creates spaces for women peace activists’ effective engagement in all efforts to resolve conflict and build peace, including through the High Peace Council, Provincial Peace Councils and other forums. UN Women also plans to support the security sector actors, including the Ministry of Interior Affairs, and Afghan National Police to mainstream gender into the Security Sector Reform process and its outcomes.

Support for localization of the 1325 National Action Plan with active participation of diverse women and women peacebuilders, as well as local governments, as well as the Provincial Peace Councils, is one of the UN Women’s top priorities for the years 2018-2020. UN Women supports the development of capacities for women’s organizations to build platforms and advocacy for peace through the Afghan Women’s Network and beyond. In partnership with UNAMA, UN Women will continue to support women’s engagement in the peace and stability processes. In partnership with UNDP, UN Women will continue to engage on women’s access to justice and security sector reform.

Reporting to Deputy Country Representative, the Programme Manager (based in the UN Women Country Office in Kabul, Afghanistan) will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions in the above-mentioned areas of work and the full scope of the women, peace and security portfolio in country. She/he works in close collaboration with the UN Women programme and operations team in Afghanistan, and relevant UN Women staff in the Regional Office (Bangkok) and HQ (New York), Government officials, civil society and development partners to ensure successful implementation and achievement of planned results.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide programme development advisory services related to women, peace and security agenda (WPS):

  • Provide programme advisory support to the Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan within the WPS portfolio;
  • Provide policy advice and substantive inputs to the design, formulation and finalization of country programme/ project proposals and initiatives related to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS in cooperation and coordination with Deputy Representative and other programme staff develop project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to WPS);
  • Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary.

Manage the technical implementation of the programme/ project; provide technical advice; ensure synergies with other teams:

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget for WPS programme outcomes and manage their implementation in line with Results Based Management Tools;
  • Review the submission of implementing partners’ mandatory reports as required;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;

Provide technical advice to partners; oversee the provision of technical guidance by the team:

  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WPS programme;
  • Serve as an expert resource to partners on WPS;
  • Implement and oversee capacity development opportunities and initiatives;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives.

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the WPS programme portfolio:

  • Manage the process of monitoring the programme implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Prepare high quality donor reports and contribute to UN Women reporting (quarterly, annual, etc.)

Manage the people and financial resources of the WPS programme portfolio:

  • Manage the project budget and finalize financial reports;
  • Manage Programme mentor and coach staff supervised and conduct performance assessments as relevant;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • In close coordination with Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies for WPS;
  • Proactively identify potential donors/ partners and explore opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned implementation of WPS activities:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative in Afghanistan on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with the partners’ efforts;
  • Take part in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/ United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes and similar exercises related to the RC system;
  • Prepare substantive inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents, as necessary.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to WPS as requested by the Country Representative;
  • Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on WPS.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Timely and quality programme strategies and contributions to Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget, workplans and the Strategic Note
  • Strong and clear leadership/ supervision of team
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services
  • Quality reports and timely submission
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives
  • Resources mobilized
  • Strong relationships with donors, partners and other stakeholders


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in security studies, political or social sciences, human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development, or a related field is required.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage


  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Strong technical experience in the area of Women, Peace and Security;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies, UN missions and agencies, and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team;
  • Experience working in post-conflict or conflict environment is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto language is an asset.
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