Country Representative Cameroon, Représentant Pays Cameroun, Yaoundé, UNDP

Country Representative Cameroon, Représentant Pays Cameroun, Yaoundé, UNDP

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Background

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.

Cameroon is a Lower Middle-Income economy considered as a driver in Central Africa. The HDI value for 2019 stands at 0.563 – placing the country in the category “Average human development” and the 153rd rank out of 189 countries. The country is facing three simultaneous complex and protracted crises, namely the attacks by Boko Haram in the Far North region, the flow of refugees from the crisis in Central African Republic and a socio-political crisis in the North-West and South-West Regions plus C19. These crises triggered large-scale displacement that affected nine out of Cameroon’s ten regions.

The country’s political, economic, and social environment is conducive to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Cameroon signed most international and regional conventions and treaties on the protection and promotion of women’s rights. Efforts were visible for a better consideration of gender issues in the recently adopted 2020-2030 National Development Strategy. The new 2022-2026 UNSCDF was adopted in September 2021 with Gender mainstreamed throughout and a stand-alone Gender Outcome.

The advancement of the National Agenda on gender equality faces several challenges amongst which, low dedicated financial and human resources, gender data gaps, the persistence of patriarchy and harmful norms and the increasing humanitarian needs. To respond to these challenges, UN Women is bringing its unique comparative advantage and its ability to leverage its triple mandate of normative support, UN coordination, and operational activities. The agency has been an enabler of success and represents a major asset of UNCT in Cameroon through the implementation of its Strategic Notes to support 1) Engendering of the governance system including promoting Gender Data, 2) Preventing and fighting Gender Based violence in humanitarian and development settings, 3) Promoting Women Economic Empowerment including through Second Chance Education and 4) Promoting Women Peace and Security and humanitarian actions. These interventions areas are framed by the Leave No one Behind principle and a strong partnership with national stakeholders especially Government and CSOs.

The Country Representative is responsible for leading and managing the Cameroon Country Office (CO) portfolio and for translating the UN Women’s Strategic Plan (SP) into Strategic Notes and Bienial Work Plans in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and concrete results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects under the CO; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, Women Led Organizations and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support the UN reform, and mobilize resources to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Country Representative operates in a matrix management model, primarily accountable and reporting to the relevant UN Women Regional Director on UN Women -specific mandates, activities and results.  Additionally, as a UNCT member, under the Management and Accountability Framework (MAF) of the UN development and resident coordinator system, the Country Representative has mutual accountability with the Resident Coordinator for periodically reporting on contributions and support for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF, formerly UNDAF).The Regional Director conducts the performance review of the Country Representative whilst seeking inputs from the RC on the Country Representative’s contributions as a UNCT member.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the strategic country programme planning and development

Develop and implement strategic direction of the country;

Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Note in close consultation and collaboration with the government, civil society, donors, UN system partners and the Regional Director, Resident and/or Humanitarian Coordinator in the country and other national development stakeholders and partners, taking into account national priorities , the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Common Country Analysis and UNSDCF;

Provide substantive advice to the Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;

Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming for the CO; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;

Lead the monitoring of the results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Manage the Country Office

Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize the annual work plan and budget; and oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;

Oversee and approve programme work plans and monitor the overall progress and compliance of the CO;

Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;

Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;

Provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership. Ensure effective workforce planning and timely recruitments; Manage the performance of personnel under their supervision; provide ongoing performance and career development feedback, timely completion of performance assessments and coaching;

Ensure that personnel are familiar with and follow UN Women’s regulations and rules, policies and procedures in the Policy, Procedures and Guidance Framework (PPG); Ensure personnel are aware in particular or of UN Women’s standards of conduct including but not limited to policies and procedures on preventing, reporting and addressing misconduct, Fraud and Corruption, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and abuse of authority, Protection from retaliation, and ensure mechanisms are in place to support personnel in this regard.

Promote teamwork to ensure harmonization, linkages, collaboration and synergy; Ensure a respectful, inclusive safe and healthy work environment for personnel.

Provide support to the Resident Coordination and serve as a member of  UN Country Team

Serve as member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) under the strategic guidance and coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), collaborate on and lead as needed UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes, including the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) planning, budgeting, resource mobilization, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through UN results groups and respective joint workplans, and in an enhanced response to national partners;

Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, planning, cooperation, and harmonization of programming, advocacy, common services, and operations; Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights; report to the UN RC on these issues as required

Actively engage in regular UNCT consultations and decision-making processes

Actively engage in and contribute to UNCT strategic communications that advance UN system efforts and collective results to promote Agenda 2030, including for national goals and priorities for sustainable development to generate positive public support and ownership

Ensure UN Women’s active participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development

Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNSDCF development planning and agenda/priority setting for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ensure enhanced accountability of the UNCT on gender mainstreaming and works for with the RC and  on the implement the UNCT SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard

Participate in RC and UNCT members’ performance appraisal, as requested

Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies

Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;

Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;

Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies

Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;

Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;

Finalize donor reports, and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

Lead knowledge management, innovation and capacity building

Manage the development and implementation on the CO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;

Promote critical thinking and implementation of innovation and best practices in the CO

Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of personnel;

Lead the production of knowledge products.

Oversee safety, security and well-being of personnel, programmes and organizational assets

Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.

Serve as member of the Security Management team (SMT) and undertake relevant security and crisis management training. Guide and influence decisions and standards related to security of personnel, premises and assets

Oversee the implementation of the Security Mainstreaming & Compliance and Business Continuity Management and Organizational Resilience requirements

Ensure all personnel are made fully aware of safety and security procedures and policies and undertake mandatory training

Key performance indicators

Timely and quality development and implementation of the Country Strategic Note and Annual Workplan

Timely and quality delivery on operational goals

Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports, donor reports, and audit responses

Quality and level of engagement with UNCT, including joint planning joint programming, joint resource mobilization,  joint advocacy, working groups

UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner by governments, donors and civil society

Timely development and implementation of CO resource mobilization strategy, resulting in sufficient resources to implement Strategic Note

Performance of personnel, enabling work environment,  security plans are in place and up to date, office produces quality knowledge products

Competencies

Core values:

Integrity

Professionalism

Respect for Diversity

Core Competencies

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

Accountability

Creative Problem Solving

Effective Communication

Inclusive Collaboration

Stakeholder Engagement

Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

Excellent people management skills in a multicultural environment; ability to deal with individuals from all backgrounds

Results-oriented;  Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them

Ability to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all

Leading, developing and empowering people

Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers

Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment in country

Excellent analytical and conceptual thinking

Strong knowledge of UN system

Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country

Excellent networking skills

Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

Excellent diplomatic and written and verbal communication skills

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certifications

Master’s degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy 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.

A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.

Experience

At least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in development cooperation, including basic humanitarian field experience, with at least five years of managerial experience at the international level;

Experience in gender and women’s issues programming, at the national and international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Mission;

Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;

Experience in leading a team.

Language requirements

Fluency in English and French is required.

Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset

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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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