Leadership Pool Initiative - UNFPA Representative, D1
Multiple locations (Various)
Job Title Leadership Pool Initiative - UNFPA Representative, D1
Location Multiple Locations
Full/Part Time Full-Time
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 expands choices and possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. Our work is derived from the ICPD Programme of Action; that all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections and no one person should be left behind in the fulfilment of their fundamental human rights. In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical leaders, who embody these international norms and standards that have come under threat, and who will courageously and with full conviction defend them.
UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths, end unmet need for family planning, and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.
UNFPA is seeking leaders that can transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; leaders who can drive the 2030 Agenda through innovation, co-creation and systems-thinking and who thrive working in an increasingly dynamic context. We need leaders who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
Candidates are competing to become members of our prestigious Leadership Pool; the next generation of UNFPA leaders; and our pipeline for international rotational posts. Staff on International rotational posts are required to serve in a variety of contexts including hardship and non-family duty stations.
We need visionary leaders who stand up for the values inherent in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity; who are able to manoeuvre complex political settings including humanitarian and emergency; who can leverage multi-stakeholder partnerships and coalitions; who think creatively, innovatively and connect cross-pillars of evidence, knowledge and experience; and who consistently seek greater system-wide solutions that reach beyond individual entities and interests.
Under the guidance of a Regional Director, you will lead a Country team in the development and management of an innovative Country Programme of Cooperation focused on population and development and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including maternal health, family planning, gender, and adolescent and youth empowerment.
You are accountable for the effective implementation of the Country Programme, playing the lead role in promoting the mandate of the organization, and ensuring the integration of issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the broader national development agenda. Through engagement with national counterparts, UN Country Teams, compelling advocacy, and delivery of effective programmes, including in emergency settings, you serve on the frontline of the organization, validating both the mandate of the organization and its ability to deliver high quality support and results. Your ultimate accountability is to the people that you serve; the most vulnerable, excluded, or marginalized and for the causes that you serve; human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian relief.
Applicable to some countries where UNFPA Representative is Country Director:
You may also act as non-resident Country Director in some country offices. In this function you are supported by the national staff in the respective country offices.
The Representative leads a country office team in the design and implementation of a population and development and sexual and reproductive health country programme. Through alliances and partnerships with governments, UN and bilateral agencies, development partners, civil society, academia and the private sector, the programme aims to realize the 2030 Agenda in order to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of people; especially those furthest behind.
You will be responsible for:
A. Strategic direction, planning and management
- Lead the positioning of UNFPA on strategic issues in the country on the basis of global, regional and national policies and strategies
- Build institutional relationships with government counterparts, civil society, the private sector, the UN community, other international/national organizations, academia and bilaterals that galvanize support for UNFPA’s mandate
- Promote UNFPA’s role in the national development agenda, and in the changing aid environment
- Establish priorities for the work of the Country Office in line with regional and global UNFPA corporate priorities
- Ensure that policies, programming tools, state-of-the-art knowledge and sound business practices are incorporated into UNFPA country operations
- Lead and coordinate the development of a strategic plan for UNFPA’s humanitarian and preparedness actions in-country
B. Management of resources
- Manage international and national staff providing them with direction and motivation; fostering empowerment, learning and career management
- Demonstrate performance appraisal and transparent leadership approaches that support a culture of growth and development, where good performance is incentivized and underperformers are held to account
- Attract and retain the highest calibre of staff for the Country Office
- Set standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the Country Office Strategic Information System
- Drive the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive resource mobilization and partnership strategy including donor relations and effective mobilisation of funds; securing and efficiently using mobilised funds and assigned budget allocations for the country programme
- Ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of staff by driving compliance with Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operational Residential Security Standards (MORSS)
C. Programme leadership and representation
- Advise senior management of UNFPA on country level issues
- Provide leadership in the development and execution of the organization’s country level policy dialogue and programme, including delivery of technical assistance for capacity development and for humanitarian situations
- Engage national counterparts through effective advocacy on UNFPA’s agenda; build support for programme objectives and create awareness of the role of ICPD issues in the overall development agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
- Represent UNFPA within the inter-agency United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the UN Humanitarian Team; support the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) as UNCT leader, promoting integration of population and development, and sexual and reproductive health issues in the development and humanitarian agenda; contribute to the UN reform process including the triple nexus (Development, Humanitarian and Peace) within the UNCT context
- Drive UNFPA accountability for the UN Flash Appeal/ Humanitarian Response plan and contribute actively to the achievement of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) common results, including through chairing/co-chairing UNCT Results Groups
- Initiate programme and technical support opportunities for South to South collaboration with other countries.
D. Programme oversight and coordination
- Drive the application of results-based management and quality assurance frameworks for the work of the Country Office;
- Enforce financial and monitoring processes to ensure the Country Office complies with UNFPA policies and procedures, corporate requirements and audit recommendations;
Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Regional Director.
Postgraduate university degree in any of the following disciplines: Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.
Knowledge and Experience:
- 15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which at least 10 years in the field of population and development, sexual and reproductive health or humanitarian at the international level;
- Current knowledge of issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and their place in the development and humanitarian agenda;
- Proven ability to lead teams to achieve demonstrable and high quality results
- Experience at national and international level in advocacy and policy dialogue
- Experience in media/communication with partners, and public information
- Experience in international development, particularly in the mandate of UNFPA and dedication to the principles of the United Nations;
- Field experience is essential; experience from a developing, humanitarian or crisis context is an asset.
Fluency in English. Depending on the duty station, another language such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Portuguese may be required.
Evaluation of candidates will include an Assessment Centre.
• Exemplifying integrity,
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
• Embracing cultural diversity,
• Embracing change
• 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
- 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
UN Leadership Characteristics:
• Norm-based - grounded in UN norms and standards
• Principled - defends norms and standards without discrimination, fear or favour
• Inclusive of all personnel and stakeholders
• Self-applied - modelled in our own behaviour
This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.
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