National Professional Programme Personnel at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) jobs Nigeria November 2012

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the leading UN organization in Reproductive Health and Population and Development, is recruiting personnel for the following position:

Post Level: ICS-09/NOB
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Duty Post: Abia, Sokoto and Ebonyi States
Duration of Contract: One Year (Renewable but subject to satisfactory performance)
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Under the general supervision of the UNFPA Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinators in Kaduna and Umuahia, the NPPP, (Reproductive Health) will provide substantive inputs to project formulation, monitoring and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and develop frameworks in states under their Decentralized Offices. S/he will guide and facilitate the delivery of UNFPA’s programmes and ensures the appropriate application of the tools, available guidelines and procedures for Reproductive Health and Rights.
  •  S/he will undertake the following duties:
  • In collaboration with State Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners contributes substantively to integrate reproductive health and rights dimensions in UNFPA programming, monitoring and evaluation and ensure that reproductive health and rights issues are taken into account in addressing population issues.
  • Provides technical assistance in the states under their decentralized office within the framework of agreed work plans for successful implementation of the Reproductive Health and Rights component of the Country Programme.
  • Help to create and document knowledge about current and emerging reproductive health and rights issues, by analyzing programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and shares with the zonal team for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies.
  • Assist in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the Decentralized Office by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, donor profiles and participating in donor meetings and public information events.
  • Create and deliver effective evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA’s programme goals taking into account political and social sensitivities
  • Mobilize government counterpart obligations and explore opportunities for additional resources in support of Reproductive Health and Rights initiatives in the states under the zonal office.
  • Promote UNFPA visibility in the states under their decentralized office.
  • Analyze and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, reproductive health and gender and identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks.
  • Monitor the RH and Rights content of the UNFPA country programme, ensuring that it is in line with the National Strategic Framework and all policies and plans for the effective and efficient provision of RH services.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders (Governments, NGOs and CBOs) in the design of materials pertaining to RH, ARH, IEC/BCC advocacy in support of the implementation of RH programme.
  • Undertake advocacy activities with policy makers at all level to ensure sustained support for utilization of RH services.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by UNFPA Representative and/or Programme Coordinators.
Required Competencies:
Core Competencies
  • Integrity/Commitment to our mandate/Valuing Diversity
  • Performance Management;
  • Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring & Fostering Innovation and Empowerment;
  • Working in Teams;
  • Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence;
  • Analytical and Strategic Thinking and Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence;
  • Knowledge Sharing/Continuous Learning
Functional Competencies
  • Conceptual Innovation in the provision of technical expertise
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments & partners/Building strategic alliances and partnerships
Job knowledge/Technical expertise
Qualifications and Experience
The Ideal Candidate should:
  • Be a Nigerian National (Male or Female)
  • Posses an MBBS and a Master’s degree in Public Health and/or other related Social Science field would be desirable
  • Possess professional experience of a minimum of 10 years preferably in programme/project management in the public or private sector linked to reproductive health and rights issues.
  • Be experienced in working with government institutions and donor organizations.
  • Be familiar with issues on population, reproductive health, gender and youth.
  • Have a strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English.
  • Have ability to work under pressure.
  • Have excellent communication and human relation skills.
  • Have proficiency in current office software applications is mandatory.
Method of Application
If you are interested in the position and meet the requirements, please send a cover letter (one page summary statement that describes how your experience and qualification relate to the job description) and a scanned/PDF copy of a completed and signed UN Personal History Form (which can be downloaded from HERE)
Applications should be addressed to
The UNFPA Resident Representative, Abuja
and forwarded to e-mail address –
latest by Thursday, 29 March, 2012 and each application should clearly reflect the post – Programme Specialist (Kaduna) – NOC to which an applicant is applying.
Please note that UNFPA will respond only to those applicants in whom it has a further interest. Kindly also note that ONLY applications sent by e-mail will be accepted.
Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
*UNFPA reserves the right to appoint at the indicated or lower level and prior to the closing date.
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