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Job Description

Agency                                                                  UNDP

Title                                                                        Programme Analyst (Gender)

Job ID                                                                    8337

Practice Area - Job Family                                  Poverty Reduction - GENDER

Vacancy End Date                                               (Midnight New York, USA) 06/03/2017

Time Left                                                              13d 7h 44m

Duty Station                                                         Panama City, Panama

Education & Work Experience                           I-Master's Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages                                                           English, Spanish

Grade                                                                    P2

Vacancy Type                                                      FTA International

Posting Type                                                        External

Bureau                                                                  Development Policy

Contract Duration                                               1 Year with possibility for extensión




The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response.  BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts. 


Under the overall guidance of the relevant team leader in the Regional Hub and the direct supervision of the Gender Regional Team Leader, the Programme Analyst, Gender in Democratic Governance and Gender Mainstreaming based in Panama is responsible for supporting policy and programme advisory services to the Country Offices and aiding the utilization of the products and tools relevant to the thematic area of Gender. S/he acts in response to requests from country offices and in collaboration with the integration and coordination team. Working to ensure the execution of quality and coherent policy and programme advisory services within their region and across other regions as well as alignment with the Strategic Plan and Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017, the Programme Analyst supports the advancement of the mission of the UNDP and increases the accuracy of the monitoring and review of this thematic area. S/he is responsible for performing and contributing to the following:


  • Programme Support and Policy Advice; 
  • Policy Research and Development; 
  • Policy Positioning and Advocacy;
  • Partnerships and Resource Mobilization; 
  • Knowledge Management.



Duties and Responsibilities


1. Programme Support and Policy Advice:


  • Support integration of technical policy advice into programmes/projects at the country level; 
  • Prepare materials to support the application of integrated multi-disciplinary approaches, including through participation in Development Solutions Teams (DSTs), to meet policy and programming needs in line with corporate guidance and standards;
  • Under guidance of supervisor, coordinate organization and conduct of policy events at the regional level hosted or co-hosted by UNDP; 
  • Support monitoring and reporting against this thematic area of the UNDP Strategic Plan, and Gender Equality Strategy, 2014-2017.
  • Incorporate gender equality and human rights’-based approach in policy and programming work related to democratic governance and gender mainstreaming; and
  • Support UNDP SURGE for country offices.


2. Policy Research and Development:


  • Provide research and analysis support from the region for the purpose of producing relevant analysis and guidance on emerging issues of global and regional significance; 
  • Conduct regional data analysis, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons in support of policy and strategy initiatives development to integrate gender in the democratic governance and gender mainstreaming agendas;
  • Participate in the development of policy initiatives for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas, by drafting applicable documents and preparing presentations;
  • Provide relevant input to the team by analyzing data to support the quality assurance of policy services and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area to enhance programme/project formulation and delivery.
  • Provide support to the implementation of regional initiatives on gender and democratic governance (e.g. gender responsive institutions, women’s leadership, local economic development, gender mainstreaming activities with government institutions for public policy purposes, etc.



3. Policy Positioning and Advocacy: 


  • Provide analysis and research to support mobilizing, fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with UN entities, in particular UNW and other relevant regional and sub-regional institutions and bodies and provide inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
  • Draft components of briefings and speeches;
  • Prepare analysis and materials to support advocating the importance of the thematic area in various fora, including academia and civil society, with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms; and
  • Support team’s engagement in interagency coordination, including cluster teams, in relevant policy areas by providing research insight gender in the democratic governance, access to justice and conflict prevention agendas.


4. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:


  • Support the team in developing analysis and materials to support the engagement with regional and global partners;
  • Provide input and analysis to develop resource mobilization plan under corporate guidelines, including to fulfill corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements; 
  • Provide inputs and compile relevant data related to global external partnerships behind UNDP initiatives, including to fulfill corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements (in coordination with other teams and BERA as required); and
  • Provide research and written materials to support the formulation of partnership strategies with UN and external partner institutions, including governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs.


5. Knowledge Management:


  • Support keeping an up-to-date library of knowledge related to the thematic area, at the global, cross-regional or region-specific level to and proactively share documents with team members and respond to their specific requests for information;  
  • Under guidance of supervisor, coordinate organization and conduct of knowledge sharing events; and
  • Perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the specific thematic area, to support knowledge management in the thematic area.





Corporate competencies:



  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.


  • Ability to get things done.





Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment:

  • Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreamin and capacity development, gender and democtratic governance and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Gender mainstreaming and analysis:

  • Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.


  • Ability to research, discover trends, and make recommendations pertaining to a particular topic.



  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships. 

Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.




Project and Programme Management:

  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Report and Brief Writing :

  • Ability to prepare quality reports and briefs.



Required Skills and Experience




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in gender in development, economics, business administration, social sciences, political sciences or related disciplines.




  • Minimum 2 years of professional work experience delivering relevant work programmes in global international entities in the general area of Gender or experience in developing country settings. 


Language Requirements:

  • Demonstrable Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral is essential.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language preferably relevant to the region in which this position is based is an asset.



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