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  • Posted: Aug 14, 2019
    Deadline: Aug 29, 2019

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    Gender/Reproductive Health Specialist - NOC

    Job ID: 25372
    Location: Abuja, Nigeria
    Contract Type:  Fixed Term Appointment
    Full/Part Time: Full-Time   
    Regular/Temporary: Regular
    Duration: One year (renewable based on availability of funds, duration of project and satisfactory performance).

    The Position

    • The Project Specialist coordinates and contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of gender and reproductive health with a strong emphasis on supporting implementation of the Global Affairs Canada funded project aimed at addressing GBV/HTP’s in Nigeria
    • S/he analyzes and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to programme formulation, support implementation, monitoring, and evaluation within national development frameworks and the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework.
    • Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Resident Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Project Specialist-Gender/RH works closely with UNFPA Gender/GBV unit and SRHR team for a comprehensive response to ending GBV and harmful traditional practices
    • S/he will also work closely with different Nigerian Federal and State Ministry of Health Departments, Local Governments, NGOs and partners to enhance UNFPA programming in Nigeria.

    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 (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.

    Job Purpose

    • The Global Affairs Canada funded Gender and HTP’s project is aimed at reducing prevalence of Gender Based Violence, Child Early and Forced Marriage, Obstetric Fistula and Female Genital Mutilation, create an enabling environment and, provide treatment and care for affected women and girls in Nigeria
    • The programme Analyst will endeavour project achievement, supports data generation and legislations on GBV and harmful traditional practices, and implements strategic interventions addressing child marriage, female genital mutilation and obstetric fistula through delaying marriages and provision of essential services as well as social norm and behavioural change.

    Main Tasks & Responsibilities
    You will be responsible for:

    • Providing coordination and strategic thinking, technical advice and innovative approaches to facilitating project interventions; and provide strategic support to achieving deliverables.
    • Providing technical assistance within the framework of the Project Implementation Plan for achieving project deliverables and SRH/R and young person’s components of the Country Office Programmes.
    • Providing quality assurance and close monitoring of all project activities and management of fund disbursements to implement partners;
    • Undertaking advocacy activities with policy makers at all levels to ensure sustained support for project implementation at national and states.
    • Identifing and monitoring risks that could interfere with programme delivery and coherence; and design sustainable and practicable mitigation measures.
    • Participating in development of and updating of guidelines, standards, tools, manuals and approaches as required.
    • Analysing and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to gender/GBV and reproductive health, and identify opportunities for UNFPA/Project assistance and intervention.
    • Providing technical guidance for gender/GBV and SRH related research, document lessons learnt and best practices, produce analytical reports and publications, and dissemination of project deliverables and outcomes.
    • Collaborate with stakeholders, government and CSOs, in designing GBV/HTP and SRH, and IEC/BCC advocacy materials in support of UNFPA/Project goals taking into account political and social sensitivities.
    • Assisting in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the Country Office by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, donor profiles and participating in donor meetings and public information events.
    • Undertake any other activities/responsibilities as needed by UNFPA Leadership.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Master's Degree in Public health, Reproductive Health, Gender, Development Studies and/or other related Social Science field. 

    Knowledge and Experience:

    • A minimum of 7 years of relevant Post-master's Degree working experience in management of Gender and/or SRHR programmes in the public or private sector;
    • Demonstrable experience in programme/project management and technical coherence of gender/GBV, SRHR and youth related programmes;
    • Experience in working with government institutions, donor organisations, and civil society organisations;
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills;


    • Fluency in English required.  Strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English will be an asset.

    Required Competencies

    • Exemplifying integrity
    • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
    • Embracing diversity in all its forms
    • Embracing change

    Core Competencies:

    • Commitment to UNFPA Values and Guiding Principles;
    • Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment/Performance Management;
    • Team Work/Communication/Self-Management
    • Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation and Commitment to Excellence/Decision Making;
    • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning

    Functional Competencies:

    • Ability to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team of specialists
    • Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
    • Results-based programme development and management
    • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
    • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
    • Resource mobilization (Programme)
    • Job knowledge

    UNFPA Work Environment

    • UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life
    • We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply
    • UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

    Compensation and Benefits

    • This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post
    • The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

    Method of Application


    • This vacancy announcement is only for nigerian nationals.
    • No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN staff regulations 4.5.
    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Population Fund - UNFPA on to apply
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