Deadline: 30 November, 2020

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

UN Women is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Regional Director, East and Southern Africa.

UN Women is the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.


  • Develop and manage the implementation of UN Women’s regional vision and strategy, including strategic note
  • Identify programme opportunities, approaches, and modalities and make recommendations on regional programme strategies
  • Provide direction in the formulation of high quality and relevant regional and country programmes and projects
  • Lead the establishment of the regional annual work plans in collaboration and discussion with the regional team
  • Lead the RO senior management team, contribute to UN Women’s senior management meetings in strategic planning and formulation of regional and global policy and strategies
  • Oversee the overall management of regional programmes
  • Lead the regional programme and project planning and review processes to ensure that financial resource allocations, organisational structure and staff planning are in line with programme needs
  • Lead and oversee the appraisal and approval of UN Women programmes
  • Lead and guide the RO’s consolidated and coordinated programme, policy and normative support and technical advisory services to country offices in the region
  • Monitor and ensure the appropriate utilisation of resources of regional programmes and projects that are managed by the regional office
  • Lead and manage the regional budget preparation and submission process to ensure budget proposals are correctly presented and submitted
  • Provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership
  • Ensure that personnel are familiar with and follow UN Women’s regulations and rules, policies and procedures in the policy, procedures and guidance framework (PPG)
  • Promote teamwork to ensure harmonisation, linkages, collaboration and synergy
  • Ensure a respectful, inclusive, safe and healthy work environment for personnel
  • Establish and oversee the regional office security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure the protection and security of UN Women’s staff, eligible dependents, property and operations
  • Oversee the implementation of the security mainstreaming and compliance, and business continuity management and organisational resilience requirements
  • Ensure all personnel are made fully aware of safety and security procedures and policies and undertake mandatory training


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Public Policy, or a related field
  • First university degree with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) is an advantage
  • 15 years, minimum, of progressively responsible development experience that combines intellectual, strategic and managerial leadership in development programmes
  • Experience with managing, supporting and overseeing development policy-making, programme and operations management, resource mobilisation and partnership creation
  • Experience in leading a team

To apply and for more information, click here.

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