Programme Specialist – Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting and LNOB

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Last update: Feb 24, 2022 Last update: Feb 24, 2022


Deadline: Mar 9, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Tanzania Tanzania
Sectors: Gender, Macro-Econ. & Public Finance Gender, Macro-Econ. & Public Finance
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 7 years
Date posted: Feb 24, 2022


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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 SDG monitoring indicator 5.c.1 requires members states to track and make public allocation for GEWE commitments, including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), CEDAW and other instruments, linking the policy and legal requirements for gender equality with resource allocations for their implementation. Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting (GRPB) enables governments to effectively reduce gender inequalities through policies, plans and budgets that address equally the specific needs and priorities of women and men, girls, and boys, including the most excluded. It is an effective tool designed to track and analyze the way Governments make plans, allocate budgets, and use funds to promote gender equality and attention to LNOB issues through a variety of interventions. GRPB generates data revealing both gaps and achievements, helping to guide governments and other institutions to improve their plans, allocations, and spending to promote gender equality and LNOB in line with national, regional, and local priorities.

The UN Women Tanzania Office has been implementing GRPB initiatives and projects over the past eight years with government partners and civil society at different levels with positive results. The UN system in Tanzania, through the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), identified GRPB as crucial to increase and track financial commitments and accelerate progress towards GEWE and LNOB commitments. Tanzania’s new FYDP III with its strong elements on GEWE, Youth and People with Disabilities, provides yet another opportunity for UN Women and other UN agencies and development partners to strengthen GRPB capacities of select sectors / regions / LGAs to deliver concrete results for the most vulnerable groups, including women and girls. COVID-19 pandemic recovery measures also require an increased need to work with national partners to develop more innovative financing for GEWE and LNOB, including public and private partnerships.

Given these developments, the UN Women Tanzania Office is now seeking to upscale and expand its technical assistance to the Government on gender-responsive and inclusive planning and budgeting processes. To accomplish this goal, the UN Women Tanzania Office seeks to hire a qualified Programme Specialist with expertise in GRPB. Reporting to Country Representative, the Programme Specialist – GRPB and LNOB provides high quality policy advisory services, in close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator’s Office, fellow UN agencies, UN Women Regional Office and HQ staff, Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Development Partners, International Finance Institutions, Academia and Research Institutions and civil society partners, ensuring successful implementation of programmes and initiatives under this portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide policy and programme advisory services in Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting:

Oversee and manage the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives;
Identify programmatic areas for support and interventions within the area of Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting;
Develop strategy documents/programmes, policy briefs, and other documents for policy dialogues;
Identify and/or establish innovative financing mechanisms for GEWE and LNOB at the macro-mezo-micro levels;
Organize periodic consultations with the Ministry of Finance and key sectoral ministries, UN agencies, IFIs and other stakeholders, such as the private sector, women leaders, human rights experts, and UN partners, as necessary;
Coordinate policy forums on applicability of gender bonds, blended financing bringing together public and private partnerships;
Undertake a gender analysis of the current tax system and issue recommendations on taxation for gender equality and LNOB;
Identify new opportunities in gender responsive and LNOB inclusive public and private sector procurement, and gender transformative and LNOB-inclusive social protection mechanisms including expanding into both blue and green economy financing.

Manage the implementation and management of the GRPB portfolio:

Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
Provide programme advisory support to the key government partners, the RCO, the UNCMT, and Development Partners coordination processes regarding the portfolio;
Manage the technical implementation of the GRPB programme, provide technical advice and ensure synergies with other programme teams.

Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to partners:

Provide high quality technical and policy advice to key partners and stakeholders;
Conduct capacity building trainings on GRPB and LNOB for Ministry of Finance and sectoral ministries
Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the portfolio in respective to the FYDP III for mainland and MTDP for Zanzibar;
Serve as the technical expert resource for UN Women, the RCO, UNCMT and government partners on GRPB & lnob issues;
Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training, and capacity development initiatives, as needed.

Manage the monitoring and reporting:

Manage the process of monitoring the programme/ project implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output, and outcomes;
Provide technical support in monitoring, RBM tools and performance indicators in tracking progress of SDG indicator 5.c.1.

Manage the people and financial resources:

Manage the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
Manage staff under portfolio as appropriate; mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
Oversee recruitment processes under the portfolio, as necessary.

Build/strengthen partnerships with multi-stakeholders.

Develop and implement partnerships strategies with government, UN agencies, IFIs, development partners, civil society, private sector;
Identify potential opportunities for expanding financing for GEWE, including coordinating analysis and research information, bringing in new global and regional thinking on the area;
Identify possible areas of cooperation and partnership with private sector.

Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence:

Provide substantive technical support to inter-agency coordination processes;
Serve as the lead expert on GRPB for UN System, liaising closely with the Resident Coordinator’s Office;
Support GE&HR Coordination Mechanisms in tracking QCPR indicator 1.4.18 on UNCT financial allocations to gender equality, through the Gender marker tools.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts.

Represent UN Women in policy dialogues and forums on issues related to the portfolio;
Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation;
Document best practices and lessons learned to guide policy, programme improvement and strategy planning;
Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on GRPB.

Key Performance Indicators

Timely and quality programme strategies and contributions to policy briefs and other strategic documents including Strategic Note
Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget, workplans and the Strategic Note
Strong and clear leadership/ supervision of team
Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services
Quality reports and timely submission
Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives
Resources mobilized
Strong relationships with government, IFIs, donors, and other stakeholders


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

Functional Competencies

Strong substantive knowledge and understanding of gender and development as well as more specifically, economic governance and financing for development,
Strong knowledge of gender responsive planning and budgeting
In-depth knowledge of public finance management processes and systems, knowledge management and public sector reforms for the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
Ability to provide coordinated support and management of strategic policy advice and programming.
Demonstrated analytical skills on GRPB
Strong research, analytical and writing skills with a focus on policy and programmes
Strong interpersonal, networking and relationship building skills
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong team building, organizational and communication skills

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree or PhD in gender and economics, and related field in social sciences, 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 minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience in gender responsive planning and budgeting and/or public policy and budget monitoring from gender equality perspective.
Demonstrated experience in conducting GRPB analysis of policies, programmes and of public institutions, preferably in low middle-income countries.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge on government budget development processes.
Experience in working with public officials at central and local level.
Experience in providing capacity building trainings on GRBP to public officials and other key stakeholders.
Experience incorporating Gender Equality and LNOB principles in financing for development, aid management and related fields.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset
Knowledge of Swahili is an asset.