Junior Professional Officer - UNFPA Programme Analyst

Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline :24-Feb-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :one year with possible extension of one more year
Expected Duration of Assignment :one year with possible extension of one more year


IMPORTANT: This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom and is addressed exclusively to United Kingdom nationals.

The UNFPA JPO Programme

The UNFPA Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is intended to provide on-the-job training for young professionals who wish to obtain practical experience in development assistance.  It gives them an opportunity to acquire professional knowledge in population projects in a developing country.

Background information

According to the 2008 census, Sudan had a population of 30.9 million. The population profile is mostly rural (58%) and young (62% below 25 years and 43% below 14 years of age) with almost an equal gender distribution (51% males and 49% females). The population growth rate is 2.5% and, if sustained, will double the population by 2037.

The current programme, 2013-2016, is aligned with the national development plan, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), 2013-2016, the UNFPA strategic plan and the recommendations of the country programme evaluation. The human rights-based approach and gender equality guided the development of the programme. It focuses on women and young people, targeting the most needy population groups, including poor, rural communities, nomads, conflict-affected and internally displaced people, ex-combatants, and people who are at most risk of HIV infection. To that end, the programme seeks to improve the equity of access to basic services, which is a major aspect of peacebuilding and recovery.

In the area of gender and human rights, UNFPA adopted a context-sensitive multi-discourse approach to programming at different layers (national, state, local/community). There are various social, political and religious sensitivities to UNFPA work, especially SRH issues (e.g. HIV, FP, FGM, GBV, child marriage, including debates on gender concepts and discourses – equality v equity, reproductive rights v RH rights)


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Representative and the direct supervision of the Gender Output Lead, the JPO will support UNFPA Sudan Office in the implementation of the Country Programme (2013-2016), as well as the UN Reform and ensure full compliance to UNFPA rules and procedures in performing his/her tasks.

The JPO will provide specific support to the Gender Unit as described in the action plan approved by the Head of Office. The JPO will specifically:


  1. Contribute to the implementation of the Country Programme through the design and implementation of annual work plans in conformity with the rules and procedures, the UN Reform guidelines, and particular attention to results- based and gender and human rights-based approaches as well as risk management and good Governance;
  2. Provide technical insights to the work of the Gender Unit with emphasis on Gender-based violence, community-based approach and evidence-base programming, and ensure UNFPA leadership in the UNCT Gender thematic group.
  3. Build, cultivate relationships with women leaders, CSOs, academia working in the area of gender, and assist them in their propositions and actions for furthering a gender related issues inclusion in the post 2015 agenda
  4. Provide innovative ideas for working with women leaders and associations and presence on UNFPA social media platforms
  5. Develop and write Reports and other related administrative documents, Terms of Reference of studies and other deliverable under his/her responsibility ;
  6. Undertake monitoring and evaluation field missions as planned and in compliance with security requirements and report as prescribed;
  7. Provide assistance to the Representative on development of communication outreach, presentations, and documents.
  8. Ensure any other task as required by Head of Office.



Exemplifying integrity, Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN System, Embracing cultural diversity, Embracing change

Core Competencies:

Achieving results, Being accountable, Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen, Thinking analytically and strategically, Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships, Communicating for impact

Functional Skill Set:

Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda, delivering results-based programmes; internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization. Ability to write clearly and concisely in English. Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds

Required Skills and Experience


Postgraduate degree in social sciences or related fields with specialized knowledge in the field of Gender and Human Rights

Work Experience:

At least 2 years of experience in programme design and implementation, with civil society and NGO partnerships. Prior experience in developing countries is an asset.


Fluency in English. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom and is addressed exclusively to United Kingdom nationals.

Requirement related to CV format: Interested candidates are requested to upload a duly completed and signed copy of the Personal History Form (P11 for UNDP) which serves as the equivalent of the CV

More details about the JPO Programme and this vacancy can be found at: http://www.undp.org/content/jposc/en/home.html


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