UN Programme Coordinator Job Careers - United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


Job Title:      Programme Coordinator
Organization: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Job ID: 15312
Grade Level: NOB
Reports to: Deputy Representative

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 Programme Coordinator will substantively contribute to the UNFPA implementation, coordination and monitoring of programme activities across the Acholi region in the areas of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), gender and population issues in both humanitarian and development settings. The Programme Coordinator Gulu will provide technical support to the district local government, local development partners and implementing partners to ensure optimal program implementation, effective use of resources, quality tracking of results, adequate coordination, advocacy for policy change and clear communication of UNFPA mandate, work and results in the Acholi region across humanitarian and development settings. S/he will be based in Gulu and work closely with country office staff based in Kampala.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Programme Management and Technical Support
  • Carry out regular regional environmental scanning and advise staff in country office about the regional situation and its strategic and/or operational implications.
  • Provide technical support to program officers in country office and implementing partners in the region to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and coherence of program implementation in humanitarian and development settings.
  • Support district local governments and UNFPA staff in country office to develop humanitarian and development advocacy and policy documents that are responsive to the regional landscape.
  • Build the capacity of local governments and implementing partners present in the region to effectively diagnose gaps in integrated SRHR, MNH, HIV/AIDS, GBV, gender and population programming, propose effective strategies to address existing bottlenecks, and support coordination of the multi-sectoral response across humanitarian and development settings.
  • Steer and provide technical guidance to the UN convergence areas that are relevant to the UNFPA’s mandate in the region.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management for Policy Advocacy:
  • Support district local governments and implementing partners in the region to prepare and submit technical and financial reports in conformity with signed donor agreements and in accordance to UNFPA guidelines and standards.
  • Actively participate in the evaluation and documentation of program results in the region, best practices and lessons learned and effectively share these with relevant partners to inform programming, policy and advocacy.
  • Conduct regular field visits to follow up and monitor the technical quality and financial effectiveness and accountability of UNFPA-supported programmes in the region to ensure value for money. Support district local governments to conduct quarterly and annual review meetings to address coordination, implementation and planning across development and humanitarian settings.
  • Prepare analytical and project reports to be shared with the Local Government, UNFPA Country Office, UN Country Team (UNCT), donors and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support capacity building of district local governments and local partners to generate, analyse and utilize quality data for evidence-based decision making, policy and program formulation, monitoring and evaluation in support of integrated district-level development and humanitarian response.
Partnerships and Communications:
  • Work with local media to publicize UNFPA’s development and humanitarian work and achievements, and support staff in country office to disseminate UNFPA’s field-level results in national media.
  • Facilitate the identification of resource gaps in the districts and humanitarian settings and provide technical input to the development of resource mobilization documents.
  • Support accountability and Programme visibility for UNFPA programmes in the region, in alignment with donor signed agreements. Provide leadership in demonstrating UNFPA’s work to the district local governments and local development partners to enhance goodwill and partnership.
  • Maintain solid, cooperative and multi-sectoral working relationships with the Government, UN partner agencies and other stakeholders across humanitarian and development settings. Liaise with exiting District Disaster Management Committees and other relevant local committees to ensure that ICPD agenda is taken into consideration.
Administration, Management and Representation:
  • Represent UNFPA at key events in the region, with regard to UNFPA’s mandate, including field visits by government and donors, international days and policy formulation fora.
  • Provide leadership, supervise and regularly appraise Arua office staff including Programme Assistant and Driver.
  • Provide leadership in financial management for the Arua office, including approved budgetary expenditures as per work plan and petty cash, ensure compliance of Arua office staff to travel policy and procedures, ensure maintenance and use of organizational assets in line with UNFPA policies and business practice.
Others: As appropriate, undertake other related duties assigned by the Representative and/ or the Integrated Field Support Coordinator.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNFPA Programme Coordinator job opportunity should hold an advanced university degree in social sciences, public/community health, gender, development or related field. Training in SRHR and GBV issues and their application in humanitarian and development settings will be an asset.
  • Three to five years of professional experience preferably in programme/project management in the public or private sector.
  • Substantive work experience in the field of Gender-Based Violence, Gender and/or Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights will be an added advantage.
  • Previous experience working with local government systems would be an added advantage.
  • Computer skills: Excellent computer/information skills, including mastery of current office software applications.
  • Languages: Fluency in oral and written English and excellent communication skills.
  • A thorough understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA mandate, its policies and operations and current development topics and political issues in Uganda will be an added advantage.

Personal Competencies:
Core Values:
  • Exemplifying integrity/ Commitment to mandate
  • Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change

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

Functional Skill Set:
  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy oriented agenda;
  • Results-based programme development and management;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partners;
  • Resource mobilization.

N.B: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

How to Apply:
All interested applicants who wish to join the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


Deadline: 7th April 2018

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