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Post Title:Programme Specialist – Reproductive Health
Closing Date:07 December 2015
Duration:One year with possibility of renewal
The Programme Specialist ensures the effective management of UNFPA activities in the area of Reproductive Health. S/he oversees project formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks. S/he leads the programme team and collaborates with the CO’s operations/administrative support staff.
The Programme Specialist oversees the work of the programme team as well as consultants, advisors, and experts and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues. S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.
Internal contacts include the Representative, Assistant Representative, the CO’s programme/ technical team. External contacts include other UN agencies in country, and counterparts and partners in Country programme activities, including international NGOs, experts etc.
Duties and responsibilities
-In collaboration with government counterparts, NGOs and other partners, the Programme Specialist oversees the formulation and design of the country programme and its RH component projects in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. Oversees achievement of programme results by ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are applied by programme team, and appropriate monitoring and oversight mechanisms and systems are established and implemented. -Reviews the political, social and economic environment relevant to reproductive health and pursues opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Assesses implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution and ensures appropriate implementation.
-Oversees project implementation, establishing collaborative partnerships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project inputs, and addressing training needs of project personnel.
-Ensures the creation and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging, RH issues, by the programme team through the analysis of programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and uses this knowledge for information sharing and planning future strategies.
-Participates in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of Country Office by ensuring preparation of relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participates in donor-related meetings and public information events.
-Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
-Embracing cultural diversity
-Embracing change Core Competencies:
-Developing and applying professional expertise/ business acumen
-Thinking analytically and strategically
-Workings in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationships
-Communicating for impact Managerial Competencies:
-Providing strategic focus
-Engaging internal/ external partners and stakeholders
-Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance
-Making decisions and exercising judgment Functional Skill Set:
-Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
-Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
-Delivering results-based programme
-Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization Academic Requirements and Experience
Advanced degree in health, and/or other related social science field.
Five years professional experience in the field of development and population activities, with experience in programme/ project management. Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and, therefore, encourage women to apply.
Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.
UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, recent CV and complete P11 Form to
by closing date and time for applications Monday, 07 December, 2015 (15:30 Jerusalem time). Only those short-listed for the position will be contacted.
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