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Project Coordinator

  • Added Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 27 December 2019
  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Country: Samoa
  • City: Apia
  • Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)
  • Post Level: SB4
  • The Spotlight Initiative (SI) is a global partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), including harmful practices.  In line with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Initiative will follow a human rights-based approach and take into consideration the specific needs of women and girls who experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and uphold the principle of “leaving no one behind.”  The thematic focus of the SI for the Pacific region is Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence (DV/IPV), which is primarily men’s physical and sexual violence against women, including psychological violence and emotional and economic abuse and controlling behaviors such as controlling when women can leave the house, access to finance and extreme jealousy.

    Reporting to the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative (ARR), Governance, the Programme Coordinator will exercise responsibility for planning, implementing, coordinating and reporting on the Spotlight Initiative outcomes under UNDP.  The Programme Coordinator will work closely with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, National Steering Committee, the Technical Coordination Unit (TCU), implementing agencies, as well as other stakeholders. The Programme Coordinator will provide overall program management support, technical guidance and oversight, support the Monitoring and Evaluation specialist in reporting and monitoring, and ensure overall coherence in the implementation of the programme.   


    1.    Guide the implementation and management of the Spotlight UNDP components in Samoa:

    • Coordinate the convening of relevant committees, including the National Steering Committee, the TCU, and Civil Society Reference Group;
    • Facilitate and contribute to the development of consolidated annual work plans, budgets, and annual reports;
    • Oversee implementation, schedules, deliverables, and budgets as articulate in the programme document;
    • Provide programme guidance, updates, and information to the Steering Committee, implementing partners, and other stakeholders;
    • Liaise with the Spotlight Secretariat;
    • Provide regular updates to the ARR Governance on programme performance and results.

    2.    Coordinate technical assistance and capacity development to the Spotlight Initiative in Samoa:

    • Provide guidance in the overall technical coherence of the Programme across pillars;
    • Provide technical advice and innovative approaches to facilitating programme interventions and achievement of programme deliverables;
    • Guide the process of delivery of technical assistance and engagement with partners;
    • Build, manage, and expand relationships with partners to support implementation.

    3.    Provide programme development and/or revision guidance:

    • Coordinate the design and formulation of any related programme proposal and initiatives or revisions to approved Spotlight Country Programme Document;
    • Organize any needed consultations with key stakeholders, experts, or UN agencies.

    4.    Support monitoring and oversee reporting of the programme:

    • Prepare analytical reviews and systematically capture lessons learnt from implementation;
    • Support monitoring and evaluation team to monitor the programme implementation of activities and outcomes;
    • Supervise and support the Programme/Finance associate to monitor programme budgets and finalize financial reports;
    • Provide inputs and drafting support to narrative and annual reports;  
    • Identify/monitor risks that could interfere with programme delivery; design mitigation measures.

    5.    Provide support in achieving a coherent and aligned presence of the SI and sustainability of results:

    • Provide technical and coordination support to RCO and implementing agencies if/as needed to develop joint partnership, resource mobilization and/or sustainability strategies;  
    • Contribute to inter-agency coordination activities, including by participating in meetings, events, committees or groups, and sharing knowledge;
    • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, development partners and NGOs/CSOs to ensure that the SI is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts. 

    6.    Support design, planning, and implementation of SI Communication and Visibility strategies and plans:

    • Support the development of comprehensive and realistic communication and visibility plans and strategies, ensuring a gender perspective;  
    • Provide communications and advocacy inputs to joint SI national campaigns, launching initiatives, and publications;
    • Develop and maintain a robust social media footprint for the SI.

    Core Competencies:


    • Critically assesses established methods.  


    • Creates new opportunities for team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities.  

    People Management

    • Demonstrates behaviours of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships.


    • Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence.


    • Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done.

    Technical/ Functional Competencies:

    • Knowledge of complex adaptive systems and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical solutions;  
    • Knowledge of methods for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result;
    • Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals;   
    • Ability to prepare quality reports; 
    • Ability to communicate within and at large, participate in peer communities and engage substantively;   
    • Knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical solutions;
    • Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical solutions, including analysis of projects form a gender perspective;
    • Knowledge of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) policy and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical solutions.


    • Master’s degree in social sciences, gender/women’s studies, international development, or related field; or,
    • Bachelor’s degree in above areas;
    • Programme Project Management certification would be an added advantage.


    • Master’s degree with minimum 2 years of progressively responsible relevant experience at the national or international level in design, planning; implementation, monitoring and evaluation of complex development projects;
    • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 4 years of progressively responsible relevant experience at the national or international level in above areas;
    • Technical experience in Ending VAWG and/or GBV is required;
    • Experience in communications/advocacy is desirable;
    • Previous work experience in gender equality/women’s empowerment or communications/advocacy with a UN agency in Samoa is an advantage;
    • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems and ERP financials, preferably PeopleSoft;
    • Proficiency in design, photography, videography and social media campaigns, or other similar skills are an asset;
    • Experience in coordinating and liaising with Government ministries and/or donors is an asset;
    • Experience working in the field of knowledge management is an asset;
    • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
    • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.

    Language Requirements:    

    • Fluency in English and Samoan both written and verbal.


    • This vacancy is open to Samoan nationals only;
    • Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

    Important applicant information

    All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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    Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

    Workforce diversity

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    Contract Duration: Initial 12 months

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