NATIONAL POST: Programme Specialist Reproductive Health/Policy, Kabul, Afghanistan Country Office, NOC
The Programme Specialist oversees Reproductive and Maternal Health programme formulation and management, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks. You will be a key member of the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Programme Unit and collaborate with the four other programme units (Youth and Adolescents, Gender, Population and Data, and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Humanitarian Crisis) to ensure synergies among the units. In addition, you will work closely with the Country Office’s operations and administrative support units.
You will report to the UNFPA Assistant Representative.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for reproductive and maternal health and rights; 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 (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.
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.
Working in the Afghanistan Country Office (CO) environment, you will ensure the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights, as well as its linkages to overall population and development, and to gender equality and gender based violence.
Employing your programme management experience, you will oversee the work of the programme team in the areas related to sexual, reproductive, and maternal health as well as consultants, advisors, and experts for specific assignments. You will establish and maintain collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies, civil societies, and UNFPA implementing partners to address emerging issues, and effectively influence diverse stakeholders to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced degree in Public Health
Knowledge and Experience:
Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience and responsibilities at national level in the field of sexual and reproductive and maternal health; population activities
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; advocacy at the national policy and strategy
Strong track record of technical leadership and proven ability to demonstrate results;
Experience in drafting and implementing legislation
Clinical and Field experience is an asset
Fluency in English is a strong requirement. Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto is required.