Maternal Health Officer - (Open to Filipino Nationals Only)

Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :03-Feb-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-9
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :Six Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Possible extension depending on performance and funding availability


Under the overall supervision of the National Programme Officer for Reproductive Health, the position supports UNFPA partners in the implementation of maternal health initiatives with a special focus on Family Planning as a strategic prong in reducing maternal deaths..

Duties and Responsibilities

Thematic Area Leadership & Strategic Planning

  • Provides inputs in defining the country office strategic focus on Maternal Health with a special focus on Family Planning;    
  • Provides inputs to the development and drafting of the country office strategic and annual plans on Maternal Health/Family Planning, to include the UN Joint Programme on Maternal and Neonatal Health (JPMNH);
  • Participates in global and regional UNFPA discussions on Maternal Health/Family Planning, to ensure that country office priorities are aligned with global or regional strategies (and vice versa).

Program Quality Assurance and Technical Support

  • Serves as the lead technical resource in state-of-the-art Maternal Health/Family Planning programming, ensuring that Country Office programs are aligned with globally accepted standards;
  • Provides technical support to ongoing Maternal Health/Family Planning projects/programs especially the JPMNH, in close coordination with the Programme, Field, and Humanitarian Teams;
  • Coordinates with colleagues in the Programme Team in the integration of  Maternal Health/Family Planning programming with other thematic areas such as Population and Development, HIV, Gender and Humanitarian Response;
  • Coordinates closely with counterpart UNFPA Maternal Health/Family Planning staff at the regional and HQ levels;
  • Regularly reviews and analyzes the budget assigned to the Maternal Health/Family Planning thematic areas, especially the JPMNH.

Networking, Partnership & Advocacy

  • Assists in resource mobilization activities and in the preparation of concept papers or project proposals for Maternal Health/Family Planning;
  • Represents the Country Office in UN Joint Programmes, networks, meetings, forums and working groups on Maternal Health/Family Planning;
  • Establishes and maintains active working relationships with key national partners working on Maternal Health/Family Planning such as Government, UN Agencies, NGOs/Civil Society Organizations, and Donors/Funders.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • In coordination with the M&E Team, contributes in the designing of results frameworks and indicators for Maternal Health/Family Planning;
  • Analyzes Maternal Health/Family Planning indicators and generates recommendations intended for continuous program improvement;
  • Leads in the drafting of reports and documentation of good practices.


Assumes other tasks as deemed necessary by the National Programme Officer for Reproductive Health and/or the Country Representative.


Core competencies:

  • Integrity, commitment, cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity;
  • Development people/Coaching and Mentoring;
  • Building and managing relationships; and
  • Personal leadership and effectiveness.

Functional competencies:

  • Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners;
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise;
  • Adaptation/application of knowledge in different contexts;
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise; and
  • Integration in a multidisciplinary environment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or any Health or Social Science-related field of study. Masters degree would be an advantage.


  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in Maternal Health/Family Planning -related work;
  • Proficient in current office software applications; and
  • Familiar with the UN system will be a strong asset.


  • Fluency in oral and written English, and the national language, are essential.

Women and people from Indigenous groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The selected candidate will receive a salary that is commensurate with his/her background and work experience.  Interested applicants are requested to complete the UN Personal History Form (P.11), available in our website on or before 3 February 2015.  Kindly note that only completed P.11 forms will be reviewed. Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

UNDP is an equal opportunity employer.  Please note that we will contact only the short-listed candidates.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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