UN Women: Consultant - Website Developer

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Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 24 May, 2012
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The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - or UN Women -  was established by the UN Member States in July 2010 so that the UN would be better able to help Member States accelerate progress towards their goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

UN Women seeks to recruit  a Consultant - Website Developer, based in Johannesburg.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Director, the website developer will be in charge of migrating content from the old UN Women SARO website onto the Content Management System of UN Women Headquarters using the site-core system.  A domain name has been created by Headquarters for the website of UN Women SARO. The primary responsibility of the website developer is to create new content for the new UN Women SARO page using the site core facilities of the new CMS model.

Existing websites will be migrated by The Nerdery, the company that has been setting up the new content management system (CMS). Web focal points in the field offices will work in close collaboration with The Nerdery and UN Women Global Website specialist to ensure that all content identified for migration has been migrated successfully, and to give the migrated content a final clean-up so that it is ready to go live. Following the migration of existing content, web focal points/ web-developers will set up their websites and prepare them for launch. Once ready, the websites will be launched.

The primary responsibility of the website developer is to work through the existing domain in anticipation of the new migration.

The migration of existing websites consists of the following steps:

  • Consultation: Consult with the regional office’s management to determine what will and will not be migrated, based on the guidelines listed above. (31 May 2012)
  • Editorial update: Edit content identified in the consultation step to ensure that it is up-to-date, and create new content as needed (8 June 2012)
  • Migration: The Nerdery will scrape the content selected during the Consultation and Editorial Update steps, and migrate it to the new CMS. The Nerdery will monitor the migrated content to make sure that it was migrated properly, but final checks need to be conducted by field office staff to ensure that it is ready to go live. (15 June 2012)
  • Website preparation: The website’s homepage and other landing pages will then need to be prepared, with the desired editorial features and content modules. (Content modules are the boxes that are placed in the secondary or in the main content column.) (20 June 2012)
  • Launch: Once everything is ready, the website can be launched. (22 June 2012)
  • Archive and redirect: Finally, the old website can then be archived and provided on the unwomen.org server. After that, any calls for the old URLs will be redirected to the new website. (28 June 2012)

Key Outputs:

  1. A fully functional UN Women SARO website covering all key thematic areas
  2. All migration from the previous website migrated onto the new CMS site-core platform
  3. A UN Women SARO website that is in line with UN Women HQ guidelines
  4. All programme officers are provided with training on updating the UN Women SARO website
  5. A UN Women SARO website that is accessible, user friendly and reflects the ideals and principles of UN Women SARO


  • University degree or advanced diploma in web-design, web-development and/or web-management with five years of relevant working experience in appropriate field;
  • Experience in and knowledge of Site Core or similar CMS is compulsory;
  • Extensive experience in web-design for development work;
  • Ability to meet specified deadlines;
  • Possess creativity and graphic artistic skills;
  • Commitment to gender equality and women’s rights;
  • Possess strong team working ethics and be self-motivated;
  • Knowledge of the United Nations systems will be an advantage;
  • Excellent communications in English. Knowledge of French or Portuguese will be an advantage.

The assignment will be for an initial period of one month, from 1-30 June 2012.

An SSA contract will be issued in accordance with UN Women rules and regulations.


Kindly quote the REFERENCE – WEBSITE DEVELOPER in the subject line of your application. We will not able to track your applications without the reference code provided.

To apply, submit a CV and completed United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to hr.southafrica@unwomen.org.

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