Programme Specialist, Spotlight Initiative, Port Vila, Vanuatu 219 views

Job Title: TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT- Programme Specialist, Spotlight Initiative, Port Vila, Vanuatu, P-3

Job ID: 27296

Location: Asia and Pacific

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Background Information



Closing date: 20 December 2019 (5 pm New York time)

Duration: 364 days

Duty Station: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Organizational Setting

The Position: The Programme Specialist provides the lead responsibility for programme activities, research & networking, communications and monitoring and evaluation for the Spotlight programme in Vanuatu, including support for UNFPA in its lead technical role but also for other Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs) namely UNDP, IOM and UNICEFS/he will be part of the UNFPA Vanuatu Programme team, which provides integrated programme and technical support within a systems strengthening approach fundamental to implementation of UNFPA’s overall strategy in Vanuatu and the Pacific. Reporting to Gender Technical Advisor based in the Pacific Sub Regional Office in Fiji, the Programme Specialist will work with members of the Spotlight Initiative RUNOs as well as UN Women as an Associated Agency, UN Resident Coordinators Office as well as the National Steering Committee and Civil Society Reference Group, and Spotlight Initiative implementing partners.

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How you can make a difference: The European Union (EU) and the UN are embarking on a new multi-year programme, called the ‘Spotlight Initiative,’ which is focused on eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) and harmful practices (HP). In Vanuatu, the Spotlight Initiative is deploying a targeted, large-scale investment to improve the rights of women and girls, helping them to live lives free of violence for which UNFPA will be leading technical coherence.

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

Further, in order to ensure the highest level of support for the implementation of the Spotlight programme, UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results in collaboration with UNICEF and UNDP as RUNOs and UNWomen as an associated UN agency

Job Purpose: The Vanuatu country programme of the Spotlight Initiative will focus on eliminating intimate partner violence. Through a comprehensive approach, the Spotlight Initiative will focus its work on eliminating intimate partner violence through six key pillars: I) developing and implementing relevant legislation and policies, II) strengthening national and sub-national institutions, III) preventing violence through evidence-based programmes and campaigns, IV) ensuring the collection and use of prevalence and incidence data, V) establishing essential services for victims and survivors, and VI) partnering directly with women’s movements and civil society.

UNFPA is the lead Technical Coherence Agency to coordinate the implementation of the Vanuatu programme and a recipient UN agency (RUNO). UNDP, IOM and UNICEF are also RUNOs that will jointly implement resources and provide technical assistance for the implementation of these programmes alongside UNWomen as an Associated Agency.

In a global organization, where many of our people are based in challenging environments, you will play a vital role in ensuring the coordination, technical coherence and quality of the Spotlight Initiative in Vanuatu as well as communications, monitoring and evaluation and implementation of UNFPA activities. You will build close relationships with stakeholders including the Resident Coordinators Office, based in Suva, UNFPA implementing partners and the CSO Technical Reference Committee.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for: A. Programme Management and Technical Coherence

Coordinate the development of partnership agreements, work plan development and implementation of pillar 3, 4 and 5 under UNFPA leadership Support and guide technical coherence and quality of programming across all Spotlight Initiative RUNOs including UNDP, UNICEF and IOM in accordance with the Vanuatu Country Programme Document; Gather inputs and contribute to the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports for the Resident Coordinators Office (Fiji), Spotlight Secretariat and UNFPA; Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with joint programme partners; Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners; Support technical development of UNFPA staff; Record and maintain documents on Joint Programme activities, issues, and risks.

B. Coordination

Work collectively with UN RUNOs to support Spotlight Initiative technical coherence and linkages with the UNWomen Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and provide inputs to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies. Technically support the Spotlight Civil Society Reference Group (technical and secretariat support) Convene and support the National Steering Committee meetings and ensure a high level of technical and secretariat support. Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting; Technically contribute to the Spotlight Steering Committee meetings

C. Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication

Document the programme implementation process and products for UNFPA and other RUNOs where required; Contribute to the exchange of information and provide inputs to the development of knowledge products internally and externally of the joint programme; Ensure compliance with Spotlight Initiative communications guidelines and ensure that all Spotlight Initiative programming and activities are appropriated managed, branded and communicated Support development of communications materials which support the achievements of the Spotlight Initiative Support a platform for the sharing of knowledge and communications to ensure the highest level of coordination and standardised best practices Coordinate the organization of major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products working closely in partnership with other RUNOs.

D. Monitoring and Evaluation

Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on the joint programme from the planning to the evaluation stages; Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required; Draft and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports; coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports; Carry out monitoring missions to sites of field implementation periodically Support and deliver the mid-term evaluation of the Spotlight Initiative across all programme areas Provide inputs from joint programme activities and results to UNFPA Pacific Sub Regional Office and Resident Coordinator’s Office (Fiji) reporting.

Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced University degree in international development and gender, public health, medicine, social sciences, humanitarian response, demography, gender, international relations, international development or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

Minimum of Five (5) years of relevant experience in increasing positions of responsibility working on gender based violence programming including programme management in an international organization. Experience in support monitoring and evaluation of GBV programmes across multi sectoral response and prevention areas of intervention; Prior work experience in providing similar support to programmes and projects within the United Nations and/or an International Organization is desired; Strong organizational skills; Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment respecting diversity of work teams Strong coordination, interpersonal and communication skills Strong analytical, coordination and organizational skills, and an enthusiastic team player who seeks to empower others; An understanding of the Pacific cultural contexts in relation to gender issues and other UNFPA related issues would be an advantage;


Proficiency in written and oral English. Working knowledge of Pacific languages is an asset.

Required Competencies


Exemplifying integrity Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system Embracing diversity in all its forms Embracing change Core Competencies:Achieving Results Being Accountable Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen Thinking analytically and Strategically Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

Promoting accountability and results-based management, Implementing management systems, Organizational awareness, Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing,

UNFPA Work Environment

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