UN Jobs – Programme Coordinator – United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


Job Title:      Programme Coordinator

Organization: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda

Reports to:  Programme Delivery and Coordination Specialist

Grade: NOB


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 manage UNFPA programme delivery in the region and provide high quality technical inputs and managerial oversight of the decentralized UNFPA office in Gulu. The Programme Coordinator is overall responsible for UNFPA programme development, implementation, results monitoring, knowledge management, and policy advocacy in the area of SRHR, GBV, HIV and gender equality in the region. S/he will work to keep the UNFPA mandate high on the agenda of the Local Government and of the Local Development Partners, optimize the allocation of resources, influence policies and improve consistency and effectiveness of UNFPA’s work in the region.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Environmental scanning and Advocacy:

·        Support the district local governments and humanitarian settings in the region to undertake an analysis of the causes of the slow progress in improving results of SRHR, MNH, HIV/AIDS, GBV, gender and population, and design strategies on how to address them.

·        Work with local media agencies to help publicize UNFPA’s work via media including press releases, articles, documentaries, TV interviews and radios.

·        Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address MNH and broader SRHR issues.

·        Conduct environmental scanning, on a continuous basis, for Northern and West Nile regions and regularly update and advise the Country Office accordingly.

Programme Development and Coordination:

·        Support districts and humanitarian settings in Northern and West Nile regions in the development of comprehensive SRHR, MNH, HIV/AIDS, GBV, gender and population programmes  working closely the Central Government, UN Agencies and other stakeholders.

·        Lead and provide technical guidance to the UN convergence areas that are relevant to the UNFPA’s mandate in the Northern and West Nile regions.

·        Contribute to integration of SRHR, MNH, HIV/AIDS, GBV, and gender and population issues in district programmes and humanitarian settings.

·        Arrange and/or facilitate regional coordination meetings for SRHR, MNH, HIV/AIDS, GBV, gender and population issues.

·        Participate in strengthening capacity of districts and humanitarian settings to improve programming for SRHR, MNH, HIV/AIDS, GBV, gender and population activities.

·        Assist the districts and humanitarian settings in developing a sound logistics system especially on commodity forecasting, quantification, storage, distribution and reporting.

·        Support districts and humanitarian settings in mainstreaming gender and population issues in their plans.

·        Support districts and humanitarian settings in developing/ revising training and other relevant resource materials according to local context.

·        Perform any other duties as an IP Manager of all the UNFPA-supported core districts in the Northern and West Nile regions.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

·        Follow up UNFPA-supported activities in the non-core districts as per the Directly Executed (DEX) work plans; and the core districts in Northern and West Nile regions – as the assigned IP Manager and according to the National Executed (NEX) work plans, to ensure their implementation in conformity with the signed agreements.

·        Conduct quarterly field visits to follow up and monitor UNFPA-supported programmes with due regard to activities being implemented and funds being expended to ensure Value for Money (VfM).

·        Support districts and humanitarian settings in conducting quarterly and annual review meetings.

·        Participate in the joint programme monitoring and evaluation activities with regard to UNFPA’s mandate.

·        Support the implementation of accountability framework for Sexual Reproductive Maternal and New born and Child Health (SRMNCH) based on an agreed scorecard for the districts and humanitarian settings.

·        Support the districts and humanitarian settings in data collections, management, analysis, dissemination and use for evidence-based decision making.

Resource mobilization:

·        Work with district and humanitarian setting to identify resource gaps with regard to UNFPA’s mandate.

·        Participate in the development of the CO resource mobilization plan and other resource mobilization efforts as per the needs of the Northern and West Nile districts and humanitarian settings.

·        Participate in the preparation of project proposals and strategic documents for resource mobilization including the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) and Consolidated Appeal Proposal (CAP).

·        Provide leadership in demonstrating UNFPA’s work to the Government and development partners to enhance goodwill and partnership.

·        Reporting:

·        Support UNFPA core districts in Northern and West Nile regions - as the assigned IP Manager – in preparation and submission of quarterly technical and financial reports (FACEs) to the CO as per the UNFPA guidelines and standards.

·        Provide technical reports to the UNFPA CO on the progress of the MNH convergence support to the districts of the Northern and West Nile regions.

·        Prepare regular analytical and project reports to be shared with Districts, UNFPA CO, United Nations Country Team (UNCT), donors and other relevant stakeholders.

·        Participate in documentation of lessons learnt, best practices and success stories for deepening the knowledge base and replication.

·        Support UNFPA implementing partners in preparation and timely submissions of technical and financial reports in conformity with the signed agreements.

Liaising with Partner Agencies and other Key stakeholders:

·        Collaborate with the national and local government, UN Humanitarian team and relevant stakeholders working in emergencies in providing coordinated humanitarian responses.

·        Liaise with exiting District Disaster Management Committees and other relevant local committees to ensure that ICPD agenda is taken into consideration.

·        Liaise with other sectors in the Northern and West Nile regions including security, community development and education to ensure a multi-sectoral approach in programme design.

·        Maintain a working relationship and constantly share relevant information with UN partner agencies in accordance with the ‘Delivery as One’ model.

·        Work with other UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders in resource mobilization efforts – including identification of resource gaps and proposal writing – for joint programmes.

·        Liaise with local media agencies to publicize UNFPA’s work via press releases, articles, documentaries, TV interviews, radio; to mention but a few.

Administrative, Supervisory and Representational Roles:

·        Represent UNFPA at key events in Northern and West Nile regions, with regard to UNFPA’s mandate, including field visits by Government and donors, international days and policy formulation fora.

·        Supervise Gulu DO staff including development and monitoring of Performance Appraisal Documents (PADs).

·        Track budgetary expenditures for the Gulu DO work plan as per approved Directly Executed (DEX) activities and National Executed (NEX) activities for the assigned implementing partners.

·        Ensure all travel undertaken by DO staff complies with all requirements for travel and is approved in line with the travel plan.

·        Ensure that organizational assets and equipment are maintained and used in line with UNFPA policies and business practice.

·        Provide leadership support to staff under Gulu DO including Program Analyst, GBV and Humanitarian; for timely and quality delivery of services.

·        Provide leadership in office financial management including petty cash.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

·        The ideal candidate for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Programme Coordinator job placement must hold  an advanced degree in health, population, demography, development, law and/or other related social science field.

·        A minimum of two years of professional experience in programme/project management in the public or private sector.

·        Excellent communication skills and experience with management of staff.

·        Substantive work experience in the field of SRHR, GBV and/or Gender in humanitarian and post conflict recovery setting is preferred.

·        Specialized knowledge and experience within Health Systems Strengthening and integrated SRHR/GBV/HIV approaches is desirable.

·        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.

·        Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required




·        Exemplifying integrity

·        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 Competencies:

·        Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

·        Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

·        Delivering results-based programmes

·        Resource mobilization and donor relations


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.


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