Location : Las Palmas, SPAIN
Application Deadline : 20-May-11
Type of Contract : Other
Post Level : Other
Languages Required :
English French
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months


UN Women´s regional project office in the Canary Islands (RPOCI) hosts the Secretariat of the African Spanish Women´s Network for a Better World. The Network comprises more than 1,300 individuals and women’s organizations working together to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality. Since its creation in 2007, the Network has focused on strengthening the capacity of women’s organizations and NGOs in Africa and Spain to influence policy, and work for women´s rights and gender equality. The work of the Network is organized around 5 working groups in the areas of: education, health, economic development, violence against women, and women´s rights and empowerment. Training, sharing of experiences, information exchange and advocacy around relevant topics in the women´s agenda in Africa have been the main activities of the Network in the last three years.
UN Women RPOCI seeks to recruit an international consultant to support the office in the implementation of several activities in the Network’s work plan.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of UN Women´s Chief of the Africa Section, and under the direct supervision on the Head of the regional project office in the Canary Islands, the consultant will support the office in the implementation of the Network/Project Annual Work Plans, including the coordination of up to three Network´s working groups.
In particular, the consultant will, for the working groups under his/her responsibility:
  • Coordinate and oversee the activities of the working groups, including undertaking any necessary task for the implementation of such activities.
  • Coordinate and maintain regular contact with working groups members.
  • Organize meetings of the working groups.
  • Monitor the activities of the working groups including drafting annual and other progress reports.
In addition to this, the consultant will:
  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of specific activities in the annual work plan of the Network which fall outside the work of the working groups as requested by the head of the office.
  • Collaborate with the communications specialist in RPOCI to ensure adequate project knowledge management.
  • Represent the Network in events in Africa, Spain, and other relevant locations.



  • Integrity: Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity.
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Self-development, initiative-taking.
  • Working in Teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work.
  • Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively.
  • Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control.
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements: Managing conflict.
  • Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of other.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Informed and transparent decision making.
  • Excellent analytical skills in the area of gender analysis of development.
  • Demonstrated integrity as per UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Accepts additional responsibilities as required by the demands of service.
  • Contributes effectively in team-based activities, sharing knowledge and information.
  • Exhibits ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work.
  • Exhibits ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters Degree in human rights, law, gender studies, social sciences or related relevant field.


  • Minimum five years of experience working in Africa on women´s empowerment or gender and development issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of the African region, African governance architecture in the area of gender, African institutions, and African women´s organizations and networks.


  • Fluency in English and French is compulsory.
  • Excellent writing skills in English are compulsory.
  • Knowledge or ability to work in Spanish will be considered an advantage.
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.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
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.



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.

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