Project Management Specialist – Gender, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action

By | June 3, 2017

Project Management Specialist – Gender, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action

Advertised on behalf of :
Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline : 07-Jun-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 4d 5h 11m
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 Months
UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In 2012, UN Women has extended its work to include the Arab Region through UN Women’s Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS). UN Women is active six impact areas: political participation, economic empowerment, gender-based violence, gender-responsive budgeting, women in peace and security and HIV.

The Governments of Germany, Finland and Japan are supporting the UN Women Regional Office to support Member-State engagement and commitment on women, peace and security (WPS). To this end, UN Women is partnering with regional partners to monitor action on WPS, to support national structures and capacities on this agenda, and to take forward regional commitments made on women, peace and security.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Advisor, Peace, Security and Humanitarian action, the consultant will support project management through developing partnerships with key implementation partners, producing tools for effective project implementation, and supporting knowledge management and lessons learned across UN Women country offices implementing peace and security and humanitarian action related work in the Arab States region.

Duties and Responsibilities
Service Overview:

UN Women Regional Office for Arab States in Cairo requires support in rolling out its support to the League of Arab States on issues related to women, peace and security. The assignment will:

  • Support UN Women to roll out its support to women’s engagement in peace processes by supporting project management of a Government of Germany funded project;
  • Plan and implement a conference on women’s informal peacemaking;
  • Support the deployment of WPS experts to UN Women’s offices in the Arab States region;
  • Support the orgnanisation and facilitation of regional meetings on women, peace and security; and,
  • Lead the development of tools for the implementation of humanitarian interventions by UN Women offices in the Arab States region;

Scope of Work and Tasks:

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the UN Women Regional Office for Arab States Advisor, Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action in the Arab States regional office, the Consultant will be responsible for supporting the roll out of programming on women’s engagement in peace processes and the provision of technical assistance and coordination support to UN Women Arab States programming on peace, security and humanitarian action. This will include, but will not be limited to implementation of the following:

Implementation of programme activities:

  • Develop the project workplan;
  • Take forward day to day planning, implementation and monitoring aspects of the project operations and personnel;
  • Periodically suggest updates to the overall project framework on the basis of reviews, lessons learned and best practices derived from different thematic areas and evaluations;
  • Identify partners, and support their onboarding and implementing of activities as per contractual agreements;
  • Support the timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical reports, briefs and required documents, including donor reports; and,
  • In collaboration with project support, initiate procurement of goods and services including preparation of equipment specifications, ToRs and RFPs, managing process for the selection of suppliers, contractors and partners.

Facilitation of knowledge building and management:

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Ensure that this knowledge is documented and systematized and fed back into project implementation including by contributing to the regional knowledge hub as well as networks both within UN Women and beyond; and,
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Establish and support partnerships within and beyond the UN system:

  • In the context of UN Women’s lead role in Gender Equality, support the development of strategic partnerships and alliances with other UN organizations, multilateral organizations, regional organizations, academic and technical organizations; contribute to the negotiations in establishing such partnerships, drafting of agreements and monitoring their implementation; and,
  • Ensure close co-operation with other UN Women teams; develop alliances and working partnerships (thematic, advocacy, regional resource facilities, etc.).

Deliverables and Payment Schedule

The deliverables for the assignment will be the following:

  • Oversee the production of a report on the implementation on UN SCr 1325 in the Arab States region;
  • Oversee a reflection meeting on women’s engagement in peace processes;
  • The completion of a conference on women and informal peacemaking in the Arab States region;
  • Oversee three deployments to UN Women offices within the region.

Payment will be monthly, based on the submission of a monthly report on deliverables – with deliverables attached, a completed timesheet and certificate of payment.


UN Women team will provide a workspace, equipment and stationery, and support resource materials, and reference documents as relevant; UN Women will provide support in facilitating contact with partners and identification of relevant resource persons for all components of the assignment; UN Women will cover costs of travel as needed, related to the assignment.

Performance evaluation:

  • Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
  • Informed and transparent decision making
  • Time management.
  • Client orientation.
  • Diversity.

Functional Competencies:          

  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent organization and planning skills and high attention to detail;
  • Excellent command of oral and written English (knowledge of Arabic is a plus);
  • Ability to meet deadlines and respond positively to feedback;
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
  • Ability to manage and maintain relationships with different levels of stakeholders effectively and strategically;
  • Ability to diplomatically handle sensitive situations with target audiences and cultivate productive relationships.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Master Degree or equivalent in International Relations, Law, Political Studies, Economics, Social Sciences or related fields.


  • 7 years of professional experience in the areas of UN project management, gender equality and women’s rights – with experience working on and in humanitarian and peace and security settings;
  • Proven experience in strengthening institutional capacities of Government or civil society organizations;
  • Experience in the development of project manamgement tools and facilitating cross country learning;
  • Past experience with UN Women is preferable; part experience with the UN system is also an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in oral and written in English.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria

Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combines score (financial and technical). The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

(Lowest Bid Offered*)/(Bid of the Consultant) x 30?*”Lowest Bid Offered” refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in technical evaluation.

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Technical Evaluation Criteria Obtainable – 100%. This will be based on the following:

  • Education
  • Experience and skills
  • Language and other skills

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated;
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100;
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV, including contact information for 3 references;
  • Financial proposal.

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount per each deliverable, including any travel, per diem and administrative fees.

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them, since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission will not be reviewed.

Selected candidates will need to submit prior to commencement of work:

  1. Copy of the latest academic certificate;
  2. UN Women P-11 form, available from;
  3. A statement from a medical doctor of ‘good health and fit for travel’.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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