Assistant Representative - UNFPA (Open for South Sudanese Nationals Only)


Location : Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline :04-Oct-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-C
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :One year

Background

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the leading UN organization in Reproductive Health and Devolopment is recruiting personnel for the following position in the South Sudan Country Office.

The RH Analyst/Assistant Representative post is under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Deputy Representative with programmatic reports to the RH Technical Adviser.  S/he plays a leadership role in ensuring a results-based approach in planning, designing and managing UNFPA’s programme of support to South Sudan in the area of SRH including Adolescent and youth SRH needs. The Assistant Representative establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in Government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues and to facilitate the Reproductive Health Programme delivery. S/he will substantively contribute to the management of UNFPA activities with a focus on strategic planning and environmental scanning as well as provide leadership in the areas of Sexual Reproductive Health including Humanitarian Response and South-South Cooperation.

As the primary overseer of the reproductive health component of the Country Programme, the Assistant Representative establishes and uses a solid evidence base to support national partners in putting reproductive health issues at the centre of development and access to basic social service efforts. The Assistant Representative substantively contributes to the management of UNFPA activities principally in the areas of reproductive health including adolescent and youth reproductive health needs. Acting as an analyst/advisor, the Assistant Representative proactively provides the Representative with information on achievement of results in the implementation of UNFPA programmes. She/he works with government to identify technical assistance requirements in the areas related to sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS and advises on interventions to meet these needs; and provides substantive inputs to facilitate policy dialogue and advocacy around the issues and the incorporation of them into national, state and sectoral plans and strategies, UN System initiatives, and development frameworks.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creates substantive knowledge of sexual and reproductive health as well as adolescents and youth issues in the country, assesses technical assistance needs in these areas and advises on suitability of programmes and projects to meet these needs. Addresses policy issues and provides substantive inputs to facilitate policy dialogue and incorporation of these policies into national plans and strategies, and UN systems initiatives and development frameworks;
  • Provides substantive leadership and inputs into the design and formulation of programmes and projects translating UNFPA’s mandate and strategic priorities into local interventions and responding to Government plans and priorities. Introduces into the project formulation process the results of programme and project reviews and evaluations, best practices, as well as innovative strategies, approaches and policies;
  • Advises and reports on achievement of programme and project results, proactively measuring substantive progress and effective utilization of financial and human project resources using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools. Leads programme and project implementation, guiding and orienting executing agencies and project personnel, and introducing effective modalities and practices of implementation;
  • Creates and documents knowledge by evaluating programmes, projects and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices and replicable strategies and approaches and actively shares and applies this knowledge;
  • Creates mechanisms to collect and share knowledge;
  • Analyzes population and development, reproductive health and gender issues in the country to provide substantive inputs to institutional responses and advocacy strategies taking into account political and social sensitivities. Takes opportunity to advocate and advance UNFPA’s policy agenda by participating in public information events;
  • Contributes to resource mobilization strategy by analyzing information on potential donors, preparing substantive briefs and project proposals in line with donor priorities, creating feedback mechanisms and providing information on progress of donor funded projects. Identifies opportunities for cost sharing;
  • Participates actively in Government-led health fora and in the Development Partners’ Group on Health. Advises Government on the design and implementation of national and sectoral strategies and policies aimed at promoting access to reproductive health services. Provides guidance on specific issues related to reproductive health programming; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; HIV prevention; reducing maternal mortality and morbidity; and reproductive health commodity security;
  • Supports the development of national capacity for the implementation of international and regional conventions, instruments and agreements and national policies aimed at promoting sexual and reproductive health, and a culturally sensitive rights-based approach to development;
  • Provides strategic direction in the design and formulation of reproductive health interventions in accordance with UNFPA strategic plan and national health plans and priorities;
  • Contribute to the resource mobilization strategy by analyzing information on potential donors, preparing substantive briefs and project proposals in line with donor priorities, creating feedback mechanisms and providing information on donor funded projects;
  • Coordinate UNFPA’s Reproductive Health activities with regard to South-South Cooperation, including related regional and sub-regional initiatives;
  • Provide substantive and technical support to programme staff overseeing implementation of projects and programmes in Reproductive Health.


Competencies

Values

  • Integrity, commitment, embracing cultural diversity, embracing change.

Functional  Competencies:

  • Achieving results, accountability, developing professional expertise, analytical thinking, working in teams, communicating for impact.

Core Competencies

  • Strategically positioning UNFPA Programme;
  • Development and programme management focused on results;
  • Innovation and dissemination of new approaches;
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization;
  • Resources mobilization from national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances with partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and in harmony with persons of different national background and cultures;
  • Advocacy / Presentation of an oriented agenda;
  • Resources mobilization.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • An advanced degree in Medicine, Public Health, demography, and/or other related health science field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years professional experience preferably in Reproductive Health programme/project management in the public or private sector;
  • Familiarity with UN development programmes and working procedures, especially UNFPA policies and programming procedures will be an asset;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships;
  • Fully proficiency in computer-related applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Language:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Additional Information:

  • Only those applicants in whom the Country Office has further interest will be responded to;
  • UNFPA offers an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience;
  • 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;
  • 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.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants are kindly requested to apply through the following link :  https:\\jobs.undp.org by 04 October 2015;
  • Applications received after this date will not be taken into consideration;
  • Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their qualifications and work experience. Only the short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews.

Important: There is no application processing or other fee at any stage of UNFPA application processes.


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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