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Assistant Representative [National Post]


Please note that this vacancy is open only to nationals of Sri Lanka

The Assistant Representative is located in the Sri Lanka Country Office (CO) and reports to the UNFPA Representative. S/he acts on behalf of the Representative in his/her absence.

Based on the UNFPA 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and its business model, UNFPA CO in Sri Lanka has been supporting the Government of Sri Lanka through its Country Programme (CP) in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), gender equality, youth empowerment and participation in peace building, as well as data for development. In terms of modality of the support, the CO focuses on evidence-based policy advocacy as it is crucial in the middle income country context to assist in sound policy and decision making processess under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The AR has a dual role. S/he is the implementer of the CP as well as playing a leadership role with a programme team in the CO. The AR substantively contributes to the management of UNFPA activities in the areas of population and development, reproductive health and gender. Acting as an analyst/advisor, the AR proactively provides the Representative with information on achievement of results in the implementation of UNFPA programmes.



Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, preferably in programme/project coordination, design, appraisal and management.
Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experiences in population data and/or SRHR are an advantage.

Fluency in English (both written and speaking) and proficiency in Sinhala or Tamil

Computer skills:

Proficiency in current office software applications

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
  • Location: Colombo
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Administrative support
    • International Relations
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-10

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