Policy and Programme Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Thailand

UN Women


Policy and Programme Specialist, Governance Peace and Security

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline : 23-Aug-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 18d 2h 41m
Additional Category : Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-4
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Nov-2023
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment : 1 year extendable based on performance and budget availability

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.


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.

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.

Through the Regional Office in Bangkok and multi-country, country offices and programme presence offices, UN Women builds on a long history of support to governments and women’s movements. UN Women’s programs in Asia and the Pacific focus on governance, women, peace and security, ending violence against women, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction, women’s economic empowerment, and HIV/AIDS. For more information about UN Women in Asia and the Pacific, please visit the official website.

The portfolio of UN Women’s work on Governance, Peace and Security in Asia-Pacific will be based on a regional programme “The Regional Framework Towards Peaceful, Inclusive Societies: Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Inclusive Governance in the Asia Pacific Region” (2023-2027) focusing on implementing the WPS agenda to the specific context of Asia-Pacific region such as development and implementation of WPS national action plans; conflict prevention and building peace and resilience;; women’s participation and leadership in emerging or non-traditional security issues such as climate, peace and security and cybersecurity and the digital space. The Governance work covers women’s access to justice; gender responsive budgeting; women’s leadership, including women’s political participation.

Reporting to the Regional Governance, Peace and Security Policy Advisor, the Policy and Programme Specialist will be based in Bangkok and provide expertise and technical support to the Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO), Country Offices (CO) and Non-Resident Agency (NRA); UN Country Teams and Resident Coordinators Offices and support the Regional Office to establish and strengthen partnerships, mobilize resources and develop relevant knowledge products on this thematic area.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support the implementation of the Governance, Peace and Security portfolio in support of UN Women country presence and at the regional level;:

  • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals including from country offices.
  • Provide advice on contextualizing/ localizing the WPS agenda and support country strategies, and development of knowledge products.
  • Support the development of relevant policies and implementation of UN Women’s policies and global norms and standards.

2. Provide capacity building support to Country Office/ Multi Country Office/Programme Presence Offices teams and partners

  • Provide substantive technical and policy support to multi-country office, country office and programme teams in developing and strengthening projects/ programmes to support the implementation of UN Women’s strategic plans at the global and regional levels.
  • Develop, implement and monitor capacity building initiatives.
  • Provide technical advice to partners on implementation of Governance Peace and Security in alignment with regional and corporate goals and vision.
  • Provide technical policy support to programme/ project managers/ specialists in the MCO, COs, NRAs.

3. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of UN Women’s Governance Peace and Security work, including with donors at the regional and country levels.
  • Produce periodic updates and briefs on regional/country development situation to be used by stakeholders, Country Offices and HQ.
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff at UN Women HQ.

4. Support the resource mobilization strategy for Governance Peace and Security portfolio in the region

  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on Governance, Peace and Security in the region.
  • Support field- based presences in the region in mobilizing resources for the implementation of Governance, Peace and Security priorities.
  • Research and analyze information on donors; prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation.

5. Assist/lead in the design of Governance Peace and Security initiatives in the region and the development of innovative knowledge products

  • Provide policy recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on Governance, Peace and Security work.
    Work closely with and provide advice to regional/ national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies and where necessary, represent UN Women.
  • Research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products.
  • Identify promising practices, technical expertise, and strategic opportunities.

6. Support knowledge building and sharing for Governance Peace and Security

  • Identify and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with UN Women Country Offices.
  • Ensure technical skills and knowledge are shared within and among MCO/ CO/PPOs.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support.
  • Leadership in area of expertise in the region.
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Regular communication and information flow with other UN Women policy and programme Specialists.
  • Quality strategic documents delivered in a timely manner.
  • Timely and quality knowledge products.
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders.
  • UN Women is well represented in strategic meetings on topics related to expertise.
  • UN Women is recognized as a thought leader on gender, Governance, Peace and Security in the region.
  • Increase in resources mobilized.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • 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: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of gender perspectives of governance and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
  • Strong knowledge of the region and experience working in the region.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising.
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research.
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings.
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results-based management and reporting.
  • Ability to travel frequently and undertake support missions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in governance, peace and security, gender, human rights, law, international relations, or other social science fields 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 7 years progressively responsible experience in designing programmes and providing technical support/advice on governance, peace and security is required.
  • Experience in policy analysis and development and strategic planning on gender equality and women’s empowerment is required.
  • Experience working with and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations, especially women’s organizations internationally and in the field is required.
  • At least one year field experience with the UN (such as peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes) or relevant field experience in an international organization or international non-governmental organization in a crisis or conflict, post-conflict context is required.
  • Experience in policy development, advocacy, programme design and implementation on emerging Women, Peace and Security issues such as cybersecurity, new technology and the digital space, climate change and security, natural resource management is desirable.
  • Experience working in the Asia and the Pacific region is an asset.
  • Experience working with the United Nations is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, both written and oral, is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Application and recruitment process | About us: Careers at UN Women | UN Women – Headquarters 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. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Inclusion Statement:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits employ, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity, and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check).

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