Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Director, Brussels Office, the Consultant, supports the Brussels Office in sustaining and expanding UN Women’s partnership with the European Union, supporting dialogue with the different EU institutions, supporting the implementation of the MoU, identifying partnership opportunities, as well as supporting UN Women staff in liaising with the EU delegations around programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through preparation of briefing packages.
S / he works closely with other members of UN Women Brussels team, and in close cooperation with SPD, as well as Programme Staff both at HQ and in the field.
The work requires knowledge of strategic results-oriented programming, monitoring and evaluation, as well as experience in resource mobilization for international development programmes, involving dialogue with strategic partners.
Provide technical and analytical support to policy developments at EU level :
Monitor from a UN Women perspective relevant policy developments at EU level, particularly in key UN Women priority areas and prepare regular analysis to share with relevant UN Women staff;
Coordinate and prepare, in partnership with relevant UN Women colleagues, technical input to policy dialogue and consultations with the EU;
Provide substantive support to the Director during the stages of UN Women strategic planning on policy related processes related to the EU partnership;
Provide substantive support and advice to the Director for missions to Brussels, meetings and other consultations with the EU, including preparation of briefs and other materials;
real-time donor intelligence captured, analyzed and prepared, including interests, priorities, issues, and changes in the political and aid environment.
Provide Partnership Building And Resource Mobilization Support
Provide technical and coordination support in the development and management of UN Women’s strategic partnerships and working-
level relationships with Brussels-based stakeholders, including particularly at the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council, the City of Brussels and key civil society organizations;
Supports UN Women Brussels Office in resource mobilization efforts, including attending relevant meetings, carrying out analysis, etc.
Provide Knowledge Management, Communication And Advocacy Support
Prepare high-quality briefing materials for the Executive Director and Senior Management including for missions and participation in meetings and international events;
Ensure the visibility of the Liaison Office’s (LO)work as well as the visibility of the donor through regular communication (social media);
Provide technical inputs and support to Country Offices (COs) and Regional Offices (RO) when necessary on the production of EU-
related communications materials;
Coordinate the advocacy activities of the Office together with our partners (EU counterparts, civil society, UN agencies etc);
Prepare briefing notes and other materials to support UN Women representation in events organized by partners and upon request represents the organization in events;
Represent UN Women at Brussels-based UN inter-agency fora, including participation in working group meetings and contribution to joint advocacy, such as the communications working group.
Acts as focal point on communications in the office
Content Deadline Policy / Advocacy related deliverables Prepare information package on EU as partner of UN WomenSeptember 2019 Finalize documents on work of UN Women Brussels Office for Sharepoint SiteFourth quarter 2019 Support coordination of UN Women’s contribution to the two Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities OpinionsSept-
Dec 2019 Events- Communications Support to Spotlight Initiative CampaignFrom mid-Aug to End 2019 Support organization of the Launch of the Progress Report in BrusselsAutomn 2019 Support to UN Day activitiesOctober 2019 Organize activities for Ending Violence against Women’s Day on 25 November and subsequent 16 days of activismUntil 25 November-
10 December Support Preparations for Beijing +25, including preparation of comic competition
Throughout the assignment
Core values and Guiding principles :
Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity :
Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies : Ethics and Values :
Ethics and Values :
Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
Organizational Awareness :
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Development and Innovation :
Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
Work in teams :
Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing :
Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence :
Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
Conflict Management :
Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing :
Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making :
Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
Functional Competences :
Strong knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights issues;
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States (donor and programme);
Proven networking skills, and ability to mobilize support on behalf of UN Women;
Strong negotiating skills;
Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes;
Strong IT skills, including databases, extranet and office software packages;
Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, women’s studies, or a related field 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.
At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in partnership building, communications / advocacy, and / or organizational development;
Experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
Experience working with the EU / on EU related matters;
Experience working with civil society organizations, international institutions and donors;
Experience working in the UN system is an asset.
Fluency in English and French is required;
Knowledge of any other UN official working language is an asset.
The consultant will be supervised and will report to the Director of the UN Women Liaison Office in Brussels.
The consultant will be based in the UN Women’s Liaison Office in Brussels where s / he will have an office space, computer and software, phone and internet access.
Please note that UN Women cannot guarantee residence permits or visas for consultants.
Applicants must therefore have a valid work permit or permanent residency in Belgium.
All applications must include a cover letter as well as the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from .
Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.
The selection will be based on both the P-11 form and the cover letter.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further steps.
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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination.
All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.