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Job Title                         Programme Specialist, RH, NOB, Erbil

Job ID                              40582

Location                          Arab States

Full/Part Time                Full-Time

Regular/Temporary       Regular

Rotation                          This post is non-rotational


Background Information


Closing Date: 16 December 2021

Duration of the post: One year renewable (*)


[*] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5.

The Position:

The Programme Analyst analyses and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends, guiding and facilitating the delivery of UNFPA activities in the areas of reproductive health, including project formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks.

You will report to the UNFPA Programme Specialist SRH.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three transformative results: (a) ending the unmet need for family planning; (b) ending preventable maternal deaths; and (c) ending gender-based violence and harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage.  

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

Job Purpose:

Working within a large and complex Country Office environment, you will support the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of reproductive health in line with the Country Programme Document (CPD) 2020 – 2024 focusing on strengthening national capacity for the provision of high-quality integrated sexual and reproductive health services, especially for the most vulnerable populations, including women, young people, internally displaced people and those in refugee camps.  

Employing your programme management experience, you will support the work of the programme team as well as consultants, advisors, and experts. You will provide quality, timely and integrated technical and programmatic support in terms of UNFPA policy and strategy related to address reproductive health issues.  You will work towards increasing the national capacity for demand creation of sexual and reproductive health services, including provision of information, especially for women and young people.   Through substantive analysis and assessment of political, social and economic trends, you will contribute to project formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks.

You will monitor results achieved during implementation, guiding the appropriate application of systems and procedures, and developing enhancements as required.

You would be responsible for:

Programme Management

  • Assisting in strengthening and reinforcing UNFPA’s leadership role in Sexual and Reproductive Health through provision of high quality technical assistance for government and other national counterparts in the country.
  • Contributing to the formulation and design of country programme and its component projects on Family Planning and RH Commodity security including supply chain and demand creation, in collaboration with Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners and in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures.
  • Supporting scaling up of family planning services, with a focus on regions where the contraceptive prevalence rate is low.
  • Providing support to cost and implementation of the family planning action plan.
  • Providing support to midwifery colleges, associations and regulators to improve pre and in-service.
  • Assisting with enhancing of existing maternal death surveillance and response systems to reduce maternal mortality.
  • Contributing to the provision of reproductive health lifesaving services in the humanitarian settings.
  • Contributing to improving the logistics management information system for better reproductive health commodity security.
  • Supporting the achievement of programme results by ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are applied, and appropriate monitoring and oversight mechanisms and systems are established and implemented.
  • 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.
  • Ensuring appropriate monitoring and oversight mechanisms and systems are established and implemented.

Policy and Advocacy

  • Analyzing policy papers, strategy documents and national development plans; preparing briefs and inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination, and development frameworks in the area of Family Planning and RH Commodity security.
  • Advocating for improving availability of Sexual and Reproductive Health services, including the prevention of HIV transmission among populations that are most at risk and their partners, and from mothers to their children.
  • Conducting behaviour change campaigns on family planning.
  • Raising awareness and support education on sexual and reproductive health and family planning services and rights.
  • Contributing to the integration of sexual and reproductive health modules in the curricula of educational institutions.
  • Engaging health workers and community-based organizations to increase demand for family planning.
  • Assisting in establishing family planning social marketing programmes in communities where the contraceptive prevalence rate is low.
  • Advocating for family planning integration within primary health care and increased national budget allocation for family planning.
  • Analyzing and interpreting the political, social and economic environment relevant to Reproductive Health, and pursuing opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Assessing implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution and ensuring appropriate implementation.
  • Participating in advocacy efforts of Country Office by developing and providing to the Management relevant fact sheets and policy briefs.

Knowledge Management

  • Assisting in implementing knowledge management about current and emerging Reproductive Health 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.
  • Supporting capacity development for project personnel on rights-based family planning.

Resource Mobilization

  • Supporting resource mobilization efforts of the Country Office by ensuring preparation of relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in related donor meetings and public information events.
  • Participating in inter-agency thematic group meetings to ensure UNFPA interests and identifying specific areas for support, building on UNFPA comparative advantages and UNFPA programmatic objectives in the country.

Qualifications and Experience


Master degree in Public health, Medicine or other related social science field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Two years’ professional experience in the field of Reproductive Health.
  • Experience in programme/ project management including experience in large multi-sector projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners.
  • Practical experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Field experience is an asset.
  • Prior experience in the UN system is an asset.
  • Experience using office software packages and web-based management systems.


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably Arabic is desirable.

Required Competencies


  • 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 Competencies

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnership
  • Delivering results-based programmes
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus,
  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders,
  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment

UNFPA Work Environment

Workforce diversity:

UNFPA is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment. 

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