UN Representative Careers - United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Job Title:     Representative
Organization: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade Level: D1
Job ID: 4482

About UNFPA:
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are smaller and healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before.

Job Summary: The Representative will take overall responsibility for UNFPA representation, policy, programme, finance, staff and office administration in her/his country of assignment. The country of assignment is categorized as one which is large, or politically sensitive, or a location where UNFPA programme activities are highly visible, or in a contiguous group of countries.  The Representative leads and motivates the UNFPA team in the development of innovative, relevant approaches for engagement on issues related to population and development, sexual and reproductive health and gender. The UNFPA Representative plays the leading role in projecting the priorities and mandate of the organization at the national and/or area level.  Through compelling advocacy and thought leadership, the Representative effectively positions UNFPA to be the visible centre of innovation and excellence on issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender, human rights and culture.  Placing the ICPD issues at the centre of the overall development agenda, the Representative plays a significant part in ensuring a coordinated and comprehensive engagement across the UN system, with bilateral donors and civil society, with national counterparts and other partners.  The Representative provides leadership for the work of UNFPA in the country of assignment and is accountable for the UNFPA Country programme and operations in the country. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Strategic direction, planning and management:
  • Manage the positioning of UNFPA on strategic and substantive issues in the country on the basis of global and regional policies and strategies;
  • Lead and direct the process of scanning the environment on country level issues and analyzing the implications for the work of the Fund and the Country Office;
  • Identify and promote UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the national development environment and agenda, and in the changing aid environment;
  • Provide overall vision, direction and management for the work of UNFPA in the country;
  • Establish priorities for the work of the Country Office in line with UNFPA priorities and substantive global, regional and country level priorities;
  • Establish processes to ensure that policies and procedures, programming tools and mechanisms, and sound business practices are incorporated into UNFPA country and regional operations;
  • Establish processes to ensure that state-of-the-art knowledge incorporated into the UNFPA knowledge sharing mechanism is available for use in country and regional operations; and
  • Manage the process of establishing, building the capacity of and maintaining partnerships, alliances and networks in the region.
2. Programme leadership and Representation:
  • Serve as the principal adviser on country level issues to the Regional Director and senior management of UNFPA;
  • Act as senior advisor for the promotion of the organization’s capacity for effective delivery, including on the development of regional and global policies, positioning, strategies, and plans;
  • Provide leadership in the substantive development and execution of the organization’s country level policy dialogue and country programme, assessing and addressing implications of national trends on UNFPA’s work in the country;
  • Manage the process of developing strategies and plans for the implementation of the Country Programme, including for the delivery of technical assistance for capacity development and for humanitarian and emergency situations, and guide the implementation of these strategies and plans;
  • Represent UNFPA at the country level and provide its perspective in high level national, UN, and other initiatives and events;
  • Act as a leading spokesperson within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), promoting effective coordination on development issues with integration of population and development and sexual and reproductive health issues in the larger development agenda;
  • Advocate and engage in policy dialogue for concerted action by the international community, the UN and national counterparts on issues related to sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender, human rights and culture, and creates awareness of the critical role of ICPD issues in the overall development agenda and the achievement of the MDGs, including in the development of CCA, UNDAF and other national development frameworks;
  • Actively promote and support participation of civil society and private sector in development process at national and sub-national levels;
  • Assist the Resident Coordinator (RC) system and is an active member of the UNCT promoting inter-agency coordination and consultative processes;
  • Proactively contribute to and promote the UN reform process within the country UNCT context; and
  • Initiate opportunities for South to South collaboration, especially for programme and technical support to countries in the region.
3. Programme oversight and coordination
  • Manage the implementation of the country programme, ensuring that they reflect country priorities;
  • Ensure the application of results-based management and quality assurance frameworks and procedures for the work of the Country Office, including in the delivery of technical assistance;
  • Ensure the application of financial and substantive monitoring processes, and the evaluation of the country programme;
  • Establish processes for the incorporation of evaluation results in the work of the country office;
  • Promote and support national execution modalities through appropriate UN, sectoral or direct budget support modalities, based on a risk based approach;
  • Establish processes to ensure the Country Office complies with Audit recommendations; and
  • Ensure UNFPA accountability for UNDAF results.
4. Management of Resources:
  • Assume overall accountability for the management and work of the Country Office;
  • Propose and secure annual allocations for the country programme, and ensure the efficient and effective use of such resources in compliance with UNFPA financial rules, regulations, and procedures;
  • Direct the formulation and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the country, and mobilize, in coordination with IERD and the RO, additional financial resources for the country;
  • Develop and guide an integrated and systems approach to the work of the Country Office;
  • Oversee staff accountability, learning and career management within the office;
  • Supervise the Deputy Representative and other international and national staff, provide them with managerial direction and motivation;
  • Significantly contribute to the appraisal of RC performance; ensure RC in the country is adequately briefed on UNFPA mandate and organizational strategies and priorities;
  • Communicate standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the Country Office OMP and the PAD system;
  • Uphold standards for the recruitment and selection of the highest quality of staff for the Country Office;
  • Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; seek to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels; foster staff motivation, development and empowerment; and lead by example;
  • Establish a CO security strategy and plan in line with UN procedures and requirements;
  • Ensure an ethics-based approach to management of all human and financial resources; and
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Regional Director

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNFPA Representative career opportunity should hold a Post-graduate university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.
  • A minimum of fifteen years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development, eight of which in the field of population and development at the international level;
  • Job knowledge and technical expertise –up-to-date knowledge of issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender, and their place in the development agenda;
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results;
  • Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing in English;
  • Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations; and,
  • Field experience is essential.
  • Languages: Fluency in English.  Depending on the duty station, another UN language such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian may be required. 
  • Organizational Leadership and direction;
  • Ensuring Operational Effectiveness and accountability for results;
  • External and internal relations and advocacy for results mobilization;
  • Strategically positioning UNFPA programmes in the country;
  • Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness;
  • Strengthening  the programme and technical capacity of country offices;
  • Facilitating quality programmatic results;
  • Aligning Human Resources with the organization’s strategic direction.
  • Exemplifying integrity;
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system;
  • Embracing cultural diversity;
  • Embracing change.
Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies:
  • 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.
Managerial Competencies:
  • 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.

How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations UNFPA in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.

Deadline: 6th July 2016 by 5:00 PM (New York time)

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