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Programme Officer on Gender Mainstreaming

Vacancy Number: Pr21/02357

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 17 Jan 2022, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:N/A
Starting date: 31 Jan 2022
Reference to the project: UN Women
Expected Duration of Assignment:12 months
Supporting Documents:
Term of reference
Personal History Form (P11) UN Women
UN Women Conditions of Service Consultants


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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.     

The work of UN Women in Moldova is guided by its Country Strategic Note for 2018-2022, aligned with the Republic of Moldova–United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022, the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women for 2018-2021, the National Strategy on Gender Equality for 2017-2021 (NSGE), the National Strategy for prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence for 2018-2023 elaborated in line with the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). UN Women Strategy for Moldova 2018-2022 focuses on three main areas: 1) strengthening women’s participation in politics and decision making, 2) economic empowerment of women and 3) ending violence against women and girls.  

To achieve progress under these areas, UN Women works with a variety of national and international partners, as part of different national and regional initiatives. UN Women emphasize strong partnership to civil society to support stronger movement towards gender equality and women’s rights, building on the existing platforms and networks, while aiming to ensure that they remain inclusive, open, united and reach out to women and girls from all corners of the country and from diverse groups.  

Under the impact area, women and girls live a life free of violence; UN-Women focuses its contribution on promoting that more cities have safe and empowering public spaces for women and girls. This includes support to: incorporate safety for women and girls in urban development plans, develop gender-responsive and locally relevant programmes, and investments in the safety and economic viability of public spaces that are effective and accessible to all. 

Based on the European Commission Decision ENI/2018/041-302 regarding the Annual Action Programme 2018 in favor of the Republic of Moldova for support for the implementations of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement, UN Women Moldova CO is implementing a three-year project (January 2020 – December 2022) under the name “Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts” (hereinafter EVA). The project is implemented in line with and in contribution to the Gender Action Plan II (GAP II) of European Commission “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the lives of girls and women through externa relations 2016-2020”, adopted in September 2015.  

The project started in January 2020, funded by the European Union, co-founded and implemented by UN Women Moldova Country Office and in partnership with UNICEF. The overall purposes of the EVA is to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment through strengthened implementation of gender mainstreaming in local policies and combating gender-based and domestic violence affecting women and children in two focal regions: Ungheni and Cahul.   

The principles of gender equality and women empowerment are central to the EVA Project, as women in Moldova continue to face gender inequalities when it comes to the decision making, labor market, the gender pay gap - as the regulatory framework still impedes women to participate in certain occupations and allows for discrimination based on age, disability, marital status, etc.   

 One of the expected results under the EVA project is that gender equality is promoted and mainstreamed in local policy making and decision-making. The project supports Cahul and Ungheni localities to integrate gender equality in their policies and budgets through training elected and appointed representatives of the LPAs on gender equality and gender mainstreaming and its implications for decisions taken by the LPAs;  coaching LPAs to adhere to the principles of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life; raising the capacities and knowledge on women’s rights of local CSOs; raising awareness of local population on gender equality and empowering women to actively participate in local decision-making processes. 

Another set of expected results under EVA project refers to a greater access to effective survivor - focused multidisciplinary services for the victims of domestic violence, including sexual violence; and violence prevention programmes piloted in local schools and communities. In this sense, UN Women EVA project supports strengthening the capacities of the multidisciplinary teams for an effective protection of women and children victims of domestic violence, empowering domestic violence survivors, and the usage of innovative tools to raise the capacities of local civil society to change attitudes and behaviors on violence against women and gender-based violence.    

Scope of work

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager, the Programme Officer on Gender Mainstreaming contributes to the effective and efficient implementation of the Programme by contributing in the programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  S/he supports the delivery of UN Women programme by analyzing results achieved during implementation and supporting appropriate application of systems and procedures.  . The incumbent applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UN Women rules and regulations.

The Programme Officer on Gender Mainstreaming works in close collaboration with the EVAW Officer, Child Protection, Communications and Knowledge Management and Research Officers, and the rest of the programme team, and other programme teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex programme-related issues and information delivery.

The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UN Women programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Summary of Key Functions:

The Programme Officer will be part of the Programme Management Team (PMT) and will, under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager, be responsible for managing the successful implementation of Gender Mainstreaming Programme component. The Programme Officer will lead the team of short-term experts.

The incumbent will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the programme) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients. More specifically:

  1. Programme Implementation and Technical Support
  • Ensure timely and adequate implementation of activities according to the Project Document activity plans; this includes preparing a detailed work plan and performance monitoring plan to implement the gender mainstreaming components per the Project Document and approved plans and ensure links and synergy with the EVAW component under the overall guidance of Project Manager; 
  • Design, oversee, and coordinate the implementation of relevant project activities with implementing partners, UN Women team, and partner agency;
  • Coordinate and contribute to effective organization of the Programme Steering Committee meetings and represent UN Women in the different technical working groups at local level;
  • Support the Programme manager in effectively managing human resources pertaining to the Component, including both staff, consultants and short-term experts; conduct periodic performance appraisals; build, lead and motivate a solid team of professionals;
  • Coordinate efficient management of the financial resources of the Component, including budgeting and budget revisions, as well as expenditure tracking and reporting;
  • Continuously record and maintain relevant Component activities, issues, risks, etc.;
  • The Officer may act as alternate Manager during Manager’s absence;
  • Lead and coordinate the organization of meetings, workshops, conferences, trainings, study tours and related activities relevant to the implementation of the Component;
  • Ensure proper identification of and follow up with local stakeholders, institutions, civil society organizations and groups, consultants and other partners who will be involved in the implementation of activities under the relevant result areas; provide technical support and guidance to implementing partners and key stakeholders on specific issues related to the project scope.
  1. Capacity development support to programme staff and partners
  • Coordinate and lead all capacity development activities within the gender mainstreaming component as per the project document;
  • Undertake relevant desk review of the country policy and legal frameworks on gender equality, programme documents, studies and the other materials; review the international and Moldovan good practices on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment at local level;
  • Understand the local context in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment by assessing the two target regions local socio-economic situations;
  • Provide capacity development on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment to joint programme personnel and key partners through face to face gender trainings and learning sessions;
  • Provide programme personnel with gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment tools and updates on current gender equality trends in Moldova;
  • Ensure high quality information and visibility of the programme activities to the mass media and stakeholders and support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned across Programme Implementation at the local and national levels;
  • Perform any other duties connected directly with the implementation of the Programme as required.
  1. Facilitation of gender mainstreaming into all programme components and activities:
  • Regularly review planned activities, and make necessary modifications/ratifications when needed in response to any emerging circumstances;
  • Preparation of inputs for reporting, including donor and audit reporting; inputs for the Annual Reports as per donors’ requirements;
  • Provide substantive technical support to mainstream gender into all four components of the programme including the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as reporting;
  • Coordinate and support personnel with applying gender analysis for programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to understand why and how issues affect women and men differently and unequally within particular context and what options exist to address them;
  • Facilitate collection and analysis of sex-desegregated data through programme implementation;
  • Lead programme personnel with a day-today gender mainstreaming, including by providing reviews and comments to the relevant programme documents;
  • Ensure that gender is mainstreamed in programme related documents such as: technical briefs, analytical reports, assessments, communication strategy, terms of references, call for proposals, request for proposals etc;
  • Ensure integrating result indicators for gender equality and women’s empowerment in joint programme monitoring and evaluation plan (to be developed); and make sure all indicators are disaggregated by sex;
  • Ensure monitoring and analysis of the extent to which international commitments and national legal and policy document on gender equality and women’s rights are implemented at the community levels;
  • Ensure availability of an up-to-date information on all critical issues related to implementation of gender equality commitments on regional and local levels;
  • Ensure that progress reports from responsible parties are properly monitored in line with project outputs and timeline before approving;
  • Communicate and cooperate closely with the Local Coordinators from the target regions;
  • Undertake regular monitoring missions to the two target regions to ensure timely delivery and quality of results;
  • Prepare terms of reference for consultants and services, responsible party agreements with local stakeholders and institutions and/or civil society organizations; prepare relevant package of documents for submission to Local Programme Appraisal Committee (LPAC);
  • Supervise and evaluate consultants and other contractors’ performance in delivering required outputs;
  • Manage project files and support information collection and dissemination; ensure proper project documentation (filing) & communication, and tracking system for effective project closure.
  1. Building strategic partnership
  • Provide substantive inputs to UN Women and other participating UN agencies of the joint programme in engagement with relevant local authorities to support the gender mainstreaming throughout the programme implementation;
  • Build strategic partnerships and maintain close liaison with local partners, ensuring optimum participation of all relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop the professional platform for networking and partnership building with the local and regional authorities, CSOs, private sector and international development organizations or programmes;
  • Ensure coordination with relevant working groups and information sharing;
  • Create and coordinate partnership with local authorities, service providers, developmental actors, women’s organizations and other stakeholders in target regions.
  1. Advocacy, knowledge building and communication:
  • Provide substantial contribution to mainstreaming gender into the programme’s communications and visibility plan and its implementation phase;
  • Provide proactive and substantive technical support t to the organization of awareness raising and advocacy events, trainings, workshops and drafting knowledge products;
  • Based on the analysis of the lessons learned, evaluations, best practices provide analytical support to the programme management in applying the knowledge for planning;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice on gender equality;
  • Provide inputs to the development of knowledge management products related to gender equality and women’s rights in the programme areas.


  • Substantive input to the programme implementation is provided;
  • Programme initiatives are designed and formulated for translating UN Women’s priorities into local interventions;
  • High-quality inputs to reporting and monitoring activities are provided on time.

Requirements for experience


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

  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients;
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality;
  • Excellent event planning skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of social media and communications strategy and methods;
  • Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience;
  • Strong multimedia skills;
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Recruitment Qualifications:


  • Master degree or equivalent in Human Rights, Gender Equality, Law, Social Sciences, Public Administration or other development related sciences;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Additional training and certification in programme/project management would be an advantage.


  • At least five (5) years of progressive working experience in the design, management and implementation of programmes preferable related to protecting and promoting women’s human rights;
  • At least three (3) years of experience in implementing and/or supporting implementation of various programmes, projects, initiatives and activities aimed at advancing gender equality and women’s rights;
  • Experience of working with governmental and non-governmental institutions at the national and local levels;
  • Experience in the UN system, agencies and international organizations is an asset;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office, Outlook, etc.).

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Romanian;
  • Advanced knowledge of Russian is an advantage;
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an advantage.

The United Nations in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply

Application Process

This is a local position; therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova are eligible to apply. Applications should be submitted on line and include fully completed UN Women Personal History Form as attachment instead of CV/resume.

Failure to disclose prior employment or making false representations on this form will be grounds for withdrawal of further consideration of his/her application or termination, where the appointment or contract has been issued.


The system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting document e.g. P11, CV and Cover letter must be scanned as one attachment.  Only qualified, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for test and interview.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Documents to be included

Interested candidates are invited to submit their online applications with the following documents:

1. Duly filled Personal History Form P11 and the CV

2. Letter of Intent to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.