UN Women: Project Analyst, Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment job – UN Women – New York, NY

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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 Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level. It identifies emerging issues and trends, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programmes of UN Women, working closely with the UN Women training facility in Santo Domingo.

The Policy Division staff is organized in Thematic Sections, bringing together technical experts who: undertake issues-based research; analyze data on country, regional or global trends; build a knowledge base on policy commitments and their implementation; propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UN Women global programme strategies; and contribute substantive inputs to policy advocacy and technical cooperation programmes.

Economic empowerment is one of the priority areas of UN Women. UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Section works with Governments and multilateral partners to promote women’s economic empowerment and increase their access to economic opportunities, especially for those who are most excluded.

UN Women, with support from the Danish Innovation Fund, is developing the prototype of a Virtual Skills School which will help ensure that no woman or girl is left behind, regardless of whether she lives in the most remote and poor area or has missed educational opportunities due to early marriage or pregnancy, or conflict or humanitarian disasters.

The Virtual Skills School will combine online and mobile solutions with low cost and maintenance hardware devices to overcome geographic isolation, long distance from schools, high education costs, early and forced marriage, pregnancy, and unsafe learning environments. It will offer: (1) Foundational skills for a second chance education; (2) Modern delivery of vocational training and entrepreneurship development; and (3) 21st Century and Life Skills. Through We Learn, UN Women and its partners will support women and girls in developing and aligning their skill sets to correspond to the emerging labour market needs.

The Virtual Skills School will capitalize on four years of building up a network of Empower Women Champions for Change for Women’s Economic Empowerment, supported by the Government of Canada.

Under the direct supervision of the Empower Women Project Manager, the Project Analyst, Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment, will be responsible for supporting the prototyping and piloting of the Virtual Skills School. The incumbent will also mobilize the Empower Women Champions to help with the prototyping and piloting of the Virtual Skills School within UN Women’s existing learning management system (Moodle); organize webinars to brief the Champions; coordinate online mentorship seminars; collect, analyze and package the data provided by the champions in this process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide inputs to the prototyping and piloting of the learning management system:

Identify innovative opportunities and new learning methodologies, pedagogy and technologies for the Virtual Skills School;

Support the provision of learning material (e.g. videos, games, stories, images, drawings, surveys, quizzes, certificates) by coordinating with learning content partners, and/or working with content developers;

Maintain the content on the learning management system, drawing on Empower Women resources, discussion fora, UN Women initiatives featured on Empower Women and other material;

Collaborate with UN Women, partners and stakeholders in the prototyping and piloting processes;

Gather intelligence on online user behavior through the learning management system as well as through Google Analytics, and suggest solutions for improvements.

Provide support to the mobilization of the Empower Women Champions for Change to enable them to support the prototyping and piloting of the Virtual Skills School at the country level:

Coordinate the Empower Women Champions for Change and Champion Mentorship groups;

Establish a new dedicated group of Champions for the Virtual Skills School project for April-September 2017;

Organize group-based video conferences with the Champions to provide in-depth training on the prototype content and technology, and coordinate their activities at the country level;

Develop a mentoring handbook based on the Empower Women lessons learned from mentoring Champions;

Establish a Champion mentoring group specifically for the Virtual Skills School prototyping and piloting phases;

Conduct and organize webinars with a diverse group of experts to further equip the Champions with strategies and tools;

Provide support in identifying opportunities, and establishing and maintaining partnerships with leading policy institutions, academia, private sector and civil society;

Conduct and coordinate online mentorship seminars;

Contribute to regionalizing the Champions for Change and Champion Mentorship programmes for the Virtual Skills School in close collaboration with UN Women’s Regional and Country Offices;

Collect, prepare and showcase the Champions’ work on the Virtual Skills School on the Empower Women Champions Initiative page.

Collect, analyze and package data, information and knowledge:
Monitor and evaluate the Virtual Skills School prototype and piloting phase, including from a knowledge management and innovation perspective;

Develop a survey for feedback on the prototyping and piloting phases for partners, stakeholders and UN Women staff; Collect survey data and analyze and package the data generated;

Collect and prepare stories illustrating the activities of the Champions during the prototyping and piloting phase;

Prepare inputs to the Empower Women monthly newsletter and other outreach channels to collect and share Virtual Skills School content;

Contribute inputs to the development of the Virtual Skills School business plan as well as brochures, flyers and other outreach material;

Prepare materials and provide inputs on content related to the Virtual Skills School and the Champions for Change programme for UN Women events, meetings, presentations, briefing notes and talking points.

Key Performance Indicators:
The key results have a major impact on the overall prototyping and piloting of UN Women Virtual Skills School.

Timely maintenance of the learning management system to encourage active use;

Timely coordination support of capacity building activities so that Champions are prepared;

Quality support to Champions to increase the effectiveness of the Virtual Skills School;

Quality inputs to reports and publications which highlight achievements.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:
Excellent skills in managing cutting-edge learning management systems and strategies;

Strong understanding of knowledge management platforms, tools and strategies;

Knowledge of how to mobilize a movement into concrete actions at the country level;

Strong communication skills;

Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;

Capable of handling large volumes of work under time constraints;

Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective; anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, international affairs, social sciences or related fields is required.

2 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in coordinating learning and innovation projects in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment;

Experience advocating for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is an asset;

Experience in working in a multicultural, innovative and web-based environment.

Fluency in English is required;

Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

Application Information:
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;

UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.

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.

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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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