UNDP Recruitment 2018 | Application Guidelines and Requirements

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for 2018 UNDP Recruitment. applicant(s) ought to follow the details and procedures on this page to secure this opportunity.

UNDP Recruitment 2018

UNDP Recruiting For Programme Analyst, Gender, and Human Rights
Contract Duration:

One-year fixed-term appointment, renewable at least once subject to satisfactory performance

This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Denmark and is addressed exclusively to Nationals of Denmark. For further details on the eligibility, please visit: http://www.jposc.undp.org/content/jposc/en/home/

Background The Resident Coordinator system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations that have operational activities in the country. As the designated Representative of the UN Secretary-General and leader of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), in consultation with the UNCT, assumes overall responsibility for and coordination of the developmental activities of the UN carried out at country level. This is done in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the Host Government and in accordance with the mandates and objectives of the various UN organizations. The UNCT comprises representatives of the UN funds and programmes, specialised agencies and non-resident UN agencies. Since early 2011, the UNCT has been implementing the Delivering as One approach together with Government in order to increase UN coherence, effectiveness, and cost-efficiency. The UNCT is committed to following the UN’s Human Rights Up Front approach.

Closely linked to the responsibilities in support of UN programming, the UN Programme Analyst works directly with UN agencies and Government in supporting the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a strong focus on Human Rights – in particular to confront rising inequalities in Ghana, meet the commitment to leaving no one behind, ensure access to justice for all, and accelerate progress towards gender equality. The timing is critical now to integrate support for the Sustainable Development Goals into UN programming, data generation and use, monitoring and reporting processes.

Human rights are central to the 2030 Agenda and thus to the UN Sustainable Development Partnership 2018-22 sets human rights as a cross-cutting priority. This includes supporting the recognition and protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, minority populations, and vulnerable and ostracised groups (including LGBTI persons, the prison population, persons with disabilities, and persons living with HIV/AIDS).


As an integral part of the UN RC Office team, the UN Programme Analyst serves as the dedicated focal point on human rights and for the UN Gender Team and supports the UN system’s gender advocacy, normative functions and programming. Linked to this function she/he provides technical support to the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) (the One Programme) and related joint UN programmes. The incumbent’s close collaboration with the UNSDP Results Groups in planning, monitoring and evaluation, will promote and strengthen human rights, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment across all UN work and improve coordination across Result Groups and with UN agencies.

The UN Programme Analyst is supervised by the UN Resident Coordinator. The incumbent will have a limited set of well-defined key functions and deliverables, agreed in annual work plans. At the same time, the dynamic context and broad scope of UN reform will require the incumbent to demonstrate flexibility in supporting and backstopping tasks in other areas such as UN communications, humanitarian coordination, external partnerships and joint resource mobilization, as required.

The UN Programme Analyst works as part of the RC Office and is an integral member of its team to ensure effective and transparent coordination of UNCT activities. This requires working collaboratively with UNCT members; programme, operations and communications teams of the UNCT; Headquarters UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) staff; Government officials; and technical advisors and experts from multi-lateral and bi-lateral development partners and civil society organisations. The goal is to promote successful and transparent coordination of UNCT activities related to gender and human rights.

Training and Learning

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a two-week long Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme

Content and methodology of supervision:

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in weekly RC Office meetings to ensure integration, operational effectiveness, and follow-through
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Results and Competency Assessment (RCA)

In addition, the following specific supervision arrangements will apply:

  • Reports to the Resident Coordinator, and works in close cooperation with the Resident Coordinator’s Office and the UN Gender Team

Practical information concerning the selection process

  • Selected applicants will be expected to partake in face-to-face Interviews planned to take place in Copenhagen in first week of June 2018
  • Applicants will need to shoulder travel cost should he/she be travelling to Denmark for the interviews
  • Selected candidates are expected to participate in an induction course conducted by DANIDA at Danish MFA premises planned for the last week in July/first week in Aug18.
  • Assumptions of duty will be expected Aug-Sept. 2018 at the latest

Duties and Responsibilities 1. Serves as dedicated gender focal point in support of the UN Gender Team (UNGT, which comprises gender specialists and focal points of UN Agencies in Ghana) in strengthening advocacy, partnerships and joint UN programming towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  • Supports the work of the UNGT in formulating and implementing annual work plans and reporting on results, supporting the UNGT Chair and Champion (a UN Head of Agency) to ensure the effective functioning of the group and its responsiveness to the UN Country Team (UNCT).
  • Provides thought-leadership, facilitates inter-agency coordination, and supports the activities of the UNGT in meeting the cross-cutting priority on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (2018-22) framework (UNSDP).
  • Facilitates effective information-sharing and collaboration between the UNGT, UN Country Team and the UN Results Groups to ensure gender mainstreaming in the UNSDP.
  • Analyses and shares good practices of UN work in other countries, particularly in the Africa Region, in the areas of women’s rights, gender equality and implementation of the gender dimension in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Coordinates with UN Women, as a non-resident UN Agency in Ghana, on technical issues and Government relationships pertinent to incorporating gender in the design and implementation of UN work and responding to Government requests.

2. Works directly with the Resident Coordinator, UN agencies and development partners in supporting human rights in Ghana

  • Stays up to date with relevant UN information on human rights Conventions, tools and reporting mechanisms, and keeps the UNCT updated on important human rights information at monthly meetings.
  • Leads UNCT coordination in meeting the cross-cutting priority on Human Rights in the UN Sustainable Development Partnership framework (2018-22), in particular in meeting commitments to support the Government and civil society in implementing the recommendations to Ghana by the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Human Rights Committee.
  • Supports UN agencies in initiating and promoting human rights with key partners including Government, development partners and civil society.
  • Seeks collaboration, partnership and funding support from Development Partners to enhance the effectiveness of UN human rights work in Ghana
  • Maintains communication and cooperation on behalf of the RCO with Civil Society Organisations working to protect rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and minorities based on religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic group.
  • Leads communication and cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the Regional Office in Dakar and in HQ in Geneva, as a non-resident UN Agency in Ghana.

3. Contributes to and promotes knowledge management

  • Makes sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice in areas of gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and human rights.
  • Promotes the use of online work spaces and knowledge networks within the UN System.
  • Cooperates with the RCO Communication Specialist in representing UN work on gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and human rights recognition and protection on the UN website and social media.

4. Supports other Delivering as One work streams as required

  • Contributes flexibly to other activities of the RC Office team in support of the RC system and Delivering as One as required, including backstopping arrangements and UNCT meeting support.


Core competences:

  • Ethics & values
  • Working in inter-cultural teams
  • Communicating information & ideas
  • Self-management & emotional intelligence
  • Decision making

Functional competences:

  • Awareness of UN development, human rights, and gender frameworks
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team as well as carry out tasks independently

Coordination Effectiveness:

  • Strengthening of strategic partnerships for UN inter-agency work UNDAF implementation, both within the UN and with other stakeholders
  • Ability to advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies

Organizational skills:

  • Ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with all colleagues

Communication and knowledge sharing:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Shares knowledge and experience from within and outside the UN

Information technology:

  • Excellent skills in the use of office software packages, and experience in handling web based management systems

Required Skills and Experience Education:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in a related field of expertise such as international relations, gender, human rights, political science or economic development.


  • Minimum of least 2 years and max 4 years of relevant and remunerated work experience in a relevant field, preferably experience from UN system or other international development assistance.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Danish and English both oral and written
  • Working knowledge of French is an asset (in terms of regional knowledge-sharing).


  • This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Denmark and is addressed exclusively to Nationals of Denmark.
  • For further details on the eligibility, please visit: http://www.jposc.undp.org/content/jposc/en/home/

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should CLICK HERE to apply.


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