United Nations Job – National Program Officer at UNFPA

Job Title: National Program Officer – Field Office (Mbarara)
Finance/Admin Associate ICS 8 (NOA)
ICS 6 (G6)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
A full job description of the position can be accessed on the website http://uganda.unfpa.org .

Organizational Context:
Under the overall supervision of the Representative and direct supervision of Regional GBV Coordinator/Head of Sub office based in Mbarara, the National Program Officer-Field Officer (NPO-FO) substantively and administratively contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the Western Uganda. The NPO-FO will be based in Mbarara DO. He/she work as part of the team in Mbarara to guide and facilitate the delivery of UNFPA programs by monitoring results achieved in the implementation by the impact Districts..

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
1. Environmental scanning and advocacy:

  • Ensure daily follow-up of the general situation of the region, particularly by regularly gathering information on reproductive health, gender and population.
  • Undertake missions and assessments as appropriate to inform strategic approaches and for addressing ICPD agenda in the region
  • Proactively advocate for inclusion of Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Adolescent Reproductive Health, gender and population issues in local policies, plans, programmes and surveys/studies
2. Programme Development and Coordination:
  • Contribute to integration of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, gender and population issues in programmes and projects including in Humanitarian settings.
  • Support the districts in using Gender Based Violence as an entry point for integrating Reproductive Health and Population& Development into district planning and budgeting processes.
  • Support the development of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, gender and population programmes by working closely with government ministries, local district technical teams and officials, local NGOs and UN agencies active on South Western Region.
  • Follow up UNFPA funded projects and support the partners in submission of the narrative and financial reports in conformity with the signed agreements.
  • Facilitate the preparation of project proposals and strategic documents (linked to Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) and Consolidated Appeal Proposal (CAP), and actively participate in resources mobilization activities.
  • Assist the districts in developing a sound logistics system, addressing issues surrounding forecasting, storage, distribution and reporting on reproductive health equipment, supplies and commodities
  • Support capacity assessment and development of stakeholders in the areas related to ICPD agenda in the region.
3. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Assist UNFPA and District Health Teams to track and monitor UNFPA’s equipment, supplies and commodities by establishing a monitoring mechanism which takes into consideration district storage capacity, access, utilization rate, coverage and distribution.
  • Monitor UNFPA’s programme activities by keeping close record of activities/trainings being implemented on ground, funds being expended and agreements being made with local partners.
4. Liaising with Partner Agencies:
  • Liaise with exiting District Disaster Management Committees and recovery systems to ensure that ICPD agenda is taken into consideration,
  • Liaise with regional and national authorities when planning and implementing RH and GBV activities for internally displaced person (IDP) and Refugee camps.
  • Liaise with other sectors (protection, community services, camp management, education, etc.) to ensure a multi-sectoral approach in programme design and implementation.
  • Maintain solid working relationship and constantly share relevant information with UN partner agencies in the region
  • Strongly advocate UNFPA’s work and mandate to partners and donor agencies. Work closely with other partners and contribute to preparation of proposals for donors
  • Work with local media agencies to help publicize UNFPA work via press releases, articles, documentaries, TV interviews, radio etc.
5. Reporting:
  • Prepare regular analytical and project reports to be shared with District officials, other partners and UNFPA Country Office.
  • Document the best practices and approaches for deepening the knowledge base for UNFPA and partners in Western region
Required Competencies:
Functional competencies:
  • 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

Core Competencies:
  1. Values: Integrity/Commitment to mandate, Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning, Valuing diversity
  2. Managing Relationships: Working in teams, Communicating information and ideas, Conflict and self management
  3. Working with people: Empowerment/Developing people/Performance management
  4. Personal Leadership and Effectiveness: Strategic and analytical thinking, Results orientation/Commitment to excellence, Appropriate and transparent decision making
Job Requirements:
  1. Academic Requirements: advanced university degree in medicine, public health, demography, social science or other relevant field.
  2. Experience: 5 years professional experience preferably in programme/project management in the public or private sector.
  3. Languages: Fluency in oral and written English.
  4. Computer skills: Proficiency in current office software applications.
Additional Information:
We will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom the Country Office has further interest.
UNFPA offers an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience
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
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity, and a healthy work life balance.

Deadline for applications: 7th September 2012
Important: There are NO application processing or other fees at any stage of UNFPA application processes

How to Apply

NB: Only online applications will be accepted
Email applications
1. Should be sent to
2. Applications should be less than 10MB. (This includes the Cover letter and the P11 Form). All applicants must fill the P11 Form.
3. The subject of the email should clearly reflect the position you are applying for and include your full names.
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