Deadline: 26 April, 2022

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

UN Women is seeking to fill the position of Programme Specialist, Women’s Entrepreneurship and Gender-Responsive Procurement.

UN Women 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.


  • Act as project manager for the national component of the Women’s Economic Empowerment project through affirmative procurement reform in West and Central Africa and lead implementation of national activities
  • Manage, supervise, and coordinate consultants and other contractors for the implementation of project activities
  • Manage financial resources of the programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking
  • Oversee regular monitoring visits to project implementation sites
  • Monitor project progress according to the work plan, and draft monitoring and donor reports
  • Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and timely donor-reporting
  • Finalise annual and quarterly reports
  • Coordinate relationships with key partners to support implementation, raise potential problems and suggest solutions
  • Act as country focal person for the regional evaluation of the project
  • Manage relationships with government stakeholders, including procurement agencies at the federal and state level, to strengthen implementation of project activities
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with women-owned businesses, women-owned business networks and development partners (civil society organisations, donors) including through facilitating partner learning, and identifying opportunities for collaboration
  • Advise country office senior management and project partners on integration of affirmative procurement principles in national/regional policies
  • Identify capacity-building needs and support the development of strategies to build capacity in the area of gender-responsive procurement policies and practices
  • Support and oversee technical experts in the provision of technical assistance to institutional partners and women-led SMEs to access public procurement/corporate supply chains
  • Support the country office in the formulation and implementation of national learning strategies to build the capacity of UN Women personnel and strategic partners in the area of affirmative procurement
  • Lead the development of advocacy, knowledge building and communications activities at the national/country level
  • Contribute to the exchange of information and lead/supervise technical experts in the development of knowledge products
  • Actively participate in UN Women’s community of practice on gender responsive procurement to share results, information and lessons from the project


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Gender, International Development, Procurement or a related area
  • Certification in procurement, gender, financial management, project management, public-private partnerships will be an added advantage
  • Seven years, minimum, of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity-building
  • Experience in public policy and strategy to support women’s entrepreneurship
  • In-depth knowledge of gender/public procurement procedures and regulations in West and Central Africa
  • Knowledge of and experience working with private sector affirmative sourcing and supply chain practices
  • Experience working in programmes and projects funded by international institutions (World Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations) is an asset
  • Experience designing and delivering training for women entrepreneurs is an asset
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of local languages is an asset

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