Programme Officer, Prevention and Mitigation Services (PMS) at UN Women

UN Women – 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Programme Officer, Prevention and Mitigation Services (PMS)

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Post Level: SB-4
Duration of Initial Contract: 1 year


  • 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.
  • The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It was launched in September 2017 by the UN Secretary-General and the EU High Representative and Vice President (HRVP).
  • The 500 million Euro Initiative provides a model for partnerships with donors, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. SDG 5 and the achievement of gender equality are placed at the centre of efforts (alongside Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Within the UN, the Initiative will operationalize the UN development system reforms and model a new way of delivering on the SDGs in an integrated way, leveraging collaborative advantages.
  • Three Core Agencies: UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population (UNFPA) and UN Women) will work together with other UN agencies to make large-scale investments in priority countries.
  • Reporting to the Programme Specialist- Technical Coherence, Spotlight Initiative, the Programme officer- PMS will be responsible for the delivery of UN Women interventions and results in the area of  prevention and mitigation/services provision under the Spotlight Programme.
  • He or she also provides substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He or she also ensures appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.
  • She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women staff, Government officials, academic institutions, multi and bi-lateral stakeholders and civil society working to address prevention and services provisions to ensures successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute technically to the development and implementation of the Spotlight programme strategies and interventions for the prevention and mitigation of SGBV and Harmful Practices:

  • Provide substantive inputs towards the development of the programme annual work plans, budgets and implementation strategies for the UN Women components of the Spotlight Programme focusing on prevention and services provisions;
  • Identify and design advocacy and lobby opportunities and interventions for effective prevention and services provisions and overall interest of the programme;
  • Lead the delivery of the UN Women components on prevention and services provisions within formal and informal institutions; driving message development and demand creation for services among various stakeholders;
  • Support the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners to ensure effective selection of partners who can effectively deliver on SGB prevention and services provisions;
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of partners financial and narrative reports;
  • Support development of the state level programme work plans in collaboration with the technical colleagues of the other UN agencies participating in the Spotlight Programme (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNESCO), and ensure that UN Women’s interventions are consistent with the overall programme results and resources frameworks;
  • Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the Spotlight Initiative programme in the targeted states for prevention and services provisions;
  • Support training of partners on prevention and mitigation techniques, Results Based Management and monitor implementation;
  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary; in relation to the prevention and services delivery components.

Provide technical assistance and capacity development to programme stakeholders:

  • Provide technical support to counterpart institutions and partner organizations including CSOs to enhance their capacity to prevent and respond to SGBV and HPs at national, subnational and community levels;
  • Coordinate the implementation of effective prevention and services provisions programme activities; also support the development of technical knowledge products;
  • Coordinate and lead technical workshops and webinars; facilitate workshop sessions for effective prevention and services provisions;
  • Contribute to the assessment and development of capacity plan for partners implementing the prevention and services provisions on the spotlight as well as provide a forum for exchanging experiences;
  • Consolidate lessons learned and key outcomes of workshops and webinars for the prevention and services provisions aspect of the spotlight interventions;
  • Analyze emerging needs and provide suggestions for technical follow up;
  • Establish and nurture relationships with state and national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Spotlight Initiative programme;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.

Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme:

  • Monitor progress on implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports with specific focus on prevention and service provisions outcomes.

Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies:

  • Pro-actively identify relevant partners working to promote SGBV prevention at state and national levels, and liaise and foster partnership with them;
  • Identify potential partners including private sector, traditional and religious institutions, academics, celebrities etc. to support the prevention and services provisions component of the spotlight interventions;
  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.

Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on Spotlight Initiative to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Programme Specialist Technical Coherence on inter-agency coordination and related activities by drafting background reports and briefs;
  • Leverage opportunities within the broader spotlight partnership to promote the prevention and services provisions components of the programme.

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to prevention and services provisions for the Spotlight Initiative
  • Coordinate and prepare regular justification for scaling up the prevention and services provisions within the spotlight intervention using advocacy platforms and other events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Support the coordination and the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on Spotlight Initiative.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality substantive inputs programme strategies and activities;
  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets;
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules;
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;
  • Relationship with partners and stakeholders;
  • Timely organization of events;
  • Quality of knowledge and advocacy products.

Required Skills and Experience

  • 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 3 years of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Knowledge and experience in Legislative and institutional work
  • Experience in similar intervention like the Spotlight Initiative is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset.
  • Strong understanding and experiences in implementing prevention and services provision interventions
  • Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Strong IT Skills. Experience in the use of computers applications and software packages (MS Word, Excel, ATLAS, etc.)

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of a Nigeria Language is an asset.

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong understanding and experiences in implementing prevention and services provision interventions
  • Good understanding of the GBV prevention and services provision in Nigeria
  • Good knowledge of technical of prevention, advocacy, lobbying, mobilization and citizen mobilization and engagements
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising.

Deadline: 23rd August, 2021 (Midnight New York, USA)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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