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Regional Project Coordinator

Panama City

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Panama City
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

UNFPA works to improve the lives of people in more than 150 countries around the world, which are home to 80 percent of the world's population. In Latin America and the Caribbean region and sub-region, UNFPA has offices in 30 countries. UNFPAs Regional Office in Panama City, Panama provides strategic support and technical advice to the Country Offices: technical cooperation, training and support to empower our partners and colleagues on the ground to ensure that the reproductive health and rights of women and young people are placed at the very centre of development.


Central America is a multiethnic and diverse region where people are facing huge challenges, including poverty and exclusion, crime and violence, migration, and climate change, that mainly affect women and girls and adolescents and young people from the most disadvantaged and excluded populations. There are groups that concentrate the worst indicators, particularly those with African Ancestry, which represent 10% of the total population of Central America and Miskito peoples, who have been considered Amerindians and they are native people of Central America. The Creole, Afro-Caribbean, Garifuna, and Miskito populations are mainly concentrated on the Caribbean coasts of the region. It is important to note that all these groups are distinct, speaking English, English creoles, Garifuna, Miskito, and Spanish. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, recently approved a regional Project on leaving no one behind: Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in the Afro-descendant, Creole, Garifuna, and Miskito communities in selected municipalities of the Central America Caribbean coastal. The Project expects to contribute to the reduction of adolescent pregnancy by providing high quality services free of racism and discrimination and empowering women and youth from Afrodescendants’ tribal people, Creole, Garifuna, and Miskito communities from selected municipalities of the Central America Caribbean Coastal. The project seeks to address the core problem of racism and ethnic discrimination, as a driver of adolescent pregnancy. Furthermore, seeks to ensure bodily autonomy as well as access to quality sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence prevention and care services. Additionally, the proposal will address structural inequalities, limited rights, intersectional forms of discrimination and data inequalities that affect these populations. The proposal will apply intersectional approaches to reach the population groups left furthest behind first. The project is aligned with the principle of leaving no one behind (LNOB), which it is at the heart of UNFPA’s work and guides the organization's actions to achieve the sustainable development goals and the full implementation of the (ICPD PoA). The ultimate goals of the project will contribute and are aligned with the UNFPA three transformative results: ending unmet need for family planning , ending preventable maternal deaths, and ending Gender Base Violence against women and girls. The expected outputs of the project will seek to: (i) Strengthened comprehensive sexuality education in and out of school for adolescents and young people from Afro-descendants’ tribal people, Creole, Garifuna, and Miskito communities in selected municipalities of the Central America Caribbean Coast; (ii) Improved coverage and access to high-quality of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people from Afro-descendants’ tribal people, Creole, Garifuna, and Miskito communities in selected municipalities; and, (iii) Increased the capacities in leadership and empowerment of women and youth from Afro-descendants’ tribal people, including Creole, Garifuna, and Miskito communities to advocate for the fulfillment of their rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Task description

• The Regional Project Coordinator will lead the Project team and closely coordinate with the six country offices involved , in order to ensure the achievement of planned results. S/he will guide and facilitate the implementation and delivery of the programme outcomes ensuring the appropriate application of UNFPA policies and procedures. • S/he will work under the general guidance of the Regional Director and will work under the supervision of the Deputy Regional Director to design and implement the annual work plan. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Internal contacts include Regional Advisors, International Operations Manager, Representatives and Head of Offices, National Programme Analysts, and the country offices operations and programme team linked to the project. External partners include other UN agencies, and Governmental and Non-Governmental counterparts. The focus of this position is in the Central America Caribbean Coastal in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. • Project team will include: a regional administrative assistant, six local (liaison) technical officers and six administrative assistants (one for each participating country). Key tasks include: • In coordination with relevant country offices and RO’s technical advisors, design and implement the annual work plan, taking into consideration the results framework and activities listed in the Project document and its annexes; • Coordinate and facilitate the preparation of annual reports, and expenditures status reports; as well as write the annual project report based on country reports and ensuring the accuracy and timely submission of these reports to the donor. • Develop ToRs and support the hiring process of consultants and national project team. • Review all Project deliverables and reports of contracted consultants/partners before submit-ting to the donor to ensure quality of products. • Ensure quality of Project products in close collaboration with RO’s technical advisors and specialists; • Help relevant country offices document knowledge, good practices and lessons learned; • Record and maintain documents on relevant project activities for accountability purposes, including project reports and minutes of meetings. • Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of the project, as well as the development of the baseline study of the project and conduct regular monitoring visits. • Coordinate with RO’s Communications’ Advisor in order to support Project communications activities; • Monitor financial implementation of the Project with the regional administrative assistant. • Joint supervision of the CO’s liaison officers with the COs Representatives or Heads of Office. • Complete other tasks to support the LACRO Regional Team as may be required by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/Expected Outputs: • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

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