Policy Specialist, Ending Violence against Women and Girls

23 Apr, 2020


Policy Specialist, Ending Violence against Women and Girls

UN Women
New York, NY


UN Women is 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 will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action.

The Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division works on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental processes, the UN system, and to UN Women country and regional offices on issues of gender equality, women’s empowerment and violence against women and girls. It identifies emerging issues and trends and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice.

The Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Section is responsible for several functions including supporting the normative work on EVAW at the global level, developing and managing global level programmes and providing policy and technical support to regional and country offices on EVAW.

The EVAW Section is supporting various UN Women country and regional programmes on EVAW, which aim at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls. These programmes aim to support transformative change on the ground to prevent and end violence against women and girls, in numerous countries globally. The EVAW Section works to ensure coherence, alignment, and strong technical quality of these large programmes, in line with regional/country context.

Under the supervision of the Section Chief, the Policy Specialist is responsible for supporting the work of the Section in the normative work, and in providing technical guidance and support to UN Women country and regional offices.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide policy advice and technical support to UN Women country/ multi-country offices and regional office teams and partners in the area of ending violence against women, with particular emphasis on harmful practices – female genital mutilation and child marriage, violence against women on university campuses and hate speech:

Develop tools, guidelines and manuals on EVAW for use by UN Women field offices, the UN system, and other partners;

Identify and catalyze work in new/cutting edge areas including through the initiation of global programmes when relevant, including working with the resource mobilization unit to identify potential funding sources in such areas;

Provide technical inputs in the development of new global normative and intergovernmental standards;

Provide technical guidance and advice on programme documents, country strategies, and knowledge products in area of focus;

Provide technical advice to support and strengthen inter-agency partnerships, planning, monitoring and reporting on UN Women programmes on EVAW;

Provide thematic inputs and guidance to corporate strategic planning and positioning;

Provide policy advice and technical support to UN Women field offices;

Organize expert meetings, advocacy events, panels and other interactive events on EVAW.

Research, analysis and knowledge management on ending violence against women:

Conduct on-going research and analysis of global, regional and national trends related to the development and implementation of EVAW legislation, policies and programmes to identify gaps and challenges and develop recommendations for improvement, with particular emphasis on harmful practices – female genital mutilation and child marriage, violence against women on university campuses and hate speech;

Ensure the internal flow of information throughout the organization on policy and technical issues related to EVAW in area of harmful practices;

Engage in existing thematic and gender equality networks to better connect UN Women and partner work and promote learning and innovation.

Provide technical and operational support to implementation of joint programmes:

Provide technical advice and operational support related to the implementation of innovative evidence-based approaches and programmes addressing harmful practices namely female genital mutilation and child marriage;

Coordinate the development of toolkits, guidance and tools to support programming/monitoring/advocacy related to harmful practices, hate speech and violence against women and girls on university campuses;

Develop technical inputs to strengthen the UN and other partners’ institutional capacities;

Provide technical advice to EVAW resource mobilization initiatives and documentation, as relevant.

Provide technical support to intergovernmental processes and policy development in the area of ending violence against women, and particularly in the area of harmful practices:

Coordinate and provide substantive inputs, as appropriate, to the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Commission on the Status of Women, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, and prepare analytical summaries of debates, supporting negotiations and analyzing/compiling outcomes;

Coordinate and prepare substantive inputs, as appropriate, to the development of analytical reports to contribute to the Secretary-General’s mandated reporting to intergovernmental forums;

Provide technical support to the implementation of resolutions, decision and other directives in relevant areas of focus, including through support to expert bodies created by intergovernmental forums;

Participate in international fora to help shape development of global and regional policies, norms and standards and implementation strategies.

Provide representation, knowledge management and advocacy support:

Represent UN Women at policy making inter-agency, intergovernmental and international technical and advocacy for a as appropriate;

Organize and participate, as appropriate, in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;

Develop and implement strategic approaches to policy dialogue, resource mobilization, partnerships, advocacy and outreach;

Establish and nurture relationships with academia, research institutes, civil society and experts in Human Rights to expand and share knowledge, exchange views on latest findings, and incorporate cutting-edge thinking in UN Women’s work;

Coordinate high-level corporate advocacy and communications, including through the preparation of quality speeches, talking points, briefs and media/outreach messages for UN senior officials (e.g. UN Women, Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Under Secretary Generals, etc.);

Provide technical contributions to knowledge products.

Provide any other policy and technical support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

Timely and quality technical advice and support;

Leadership in the area of EVAW;

Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner;

Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;

UN Women is well represented in important meetings on topics related to EVAW;

Contributions to resource mobilization;

Timely and quality knowledge products.


Core Values:



Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;


Creative Problem Solving;

Effective Communication;

Inclusive Collaboration;

Stakeholder Engagement;

Leading by Example.

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Functional Competencies:

Strong knowledge of gender issues and violence against women and girls, with an emphasis on harmful practices;

Strong networking skills;

Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;

Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;

Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;

Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;

Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective;

Good communications skills, with proven expertise in writing cogent and convincing policy and programme documents for development practitioners;

Good analytical and problem-solving skills, including skills in marshalling evidence, including quantitative data, to support programming and policy;

Ability to use information technology, executive information systems, statistical data, management techniques and tools for optimal office performance;

Ability to work as a member of a team.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (Master’s level) in law, social sciences, political science/ international affairs (i.e. international development studies, gender/women’s studies) or a related technical field;

A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Minimum of 5 years of experience in programme and policy analysis in one of the following fields: violence against women, human rights, gender and development;

Experience working with women’s organizations and governments desirable;

Experience of country level implementation of projects and programmes, particularly within the UN System strongly desirable.


Fluency in English is required;

Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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.

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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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job posted: 2020-04-23