Programme Specialist on Gender and Local Government - WLER

UN Women, in collaboration with the Government of Finland, is implementing a four-year project titled, ‘Strengthening women’s and girls’ meaningful participation, leadership, and economic rights, (WLER) at the local levels in Tanzania’ (2022 – 2025). The project has the overarching goal of ensuring ‘Women’s and girls’ meaningful participation, leadership and economic rights are strengthened at local levels in Tanzania’ aims to increase the number of women in leadership and decision making positions and their voices at the local government levels through promoting gender-responsive norms, behaviors, and practices, strengthening capacities of women leaders, enhance the collection and use of sex and disability responsive data and enhancing women’s economic rights including by piloting gender and disability transformative innovative measures such as care services, in line with the Government of Tanzania’s Generation Equality Commitments. 

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, 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;
  • A project/program management certification would be an added advantage.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects including with a focus on local government authorities; 
  • Experience in working in local governance, gender equality, women’s rights, and empowerment of women, at the local level;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with central government ministries and agencies, and local government authorities; Experience working in the UN System is an asset.
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
  • Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English and Swahili is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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