United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA is Recruiting Human Rights Champions (2024)

Programme Coordinator is Required

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 strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

UNFPA has strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. UNFPA strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

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.

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Job Purpose:

The 2gether 4 SRHR Programme is a joint United Nations Regional Programme that brings together the combined efforts of UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people in East and Southern Africa, in particular adolescents and young people, women of reproductive age, men, key populations, and people affected by the crisis.
The goal of the second phase of 2gether 4 SRHR is to contribute towards the attainment of the SRHR-related targets of the SDGs 3 (Health and Well-being and SDG 5 (Gender Equality and empowerment), through:

  • Strengthening the legal, policy and financial environment to enable beneficiaries to access
    services and realise their SRHR rights.
  • Increasing access to and utilisation of quality, people-centred integrated SRHR services.
  • Addressing gender and social norms and behavioural drivers for the realization of SRHR for all.
  •  Ensuring Resilient health systems and communities are enabled to ensure the continuity of
    SRHR Services during crises.

As the Programme Coordinator you will be responsible for the effective coordination of programme implementation under the Delivering as One Modality, this includes; 

You would be responsible for: 

A. Ensuring that the programme is implemented under the Delivering as One modality through effective coordination of four partner UN agencies to ensure effective programme implementation:

  • Convene and prepare for statutory meetings of the joint programme including the Strategic Leadership Forum, the Regional Interagency Steering Committee, and the Regional Interagency Working Group. 
  • Oversee the development of the annual workplan in consultation with the Regional Interagency Working Group (RIWG) and Regional Interagency Thematic Teams (RITTs) and relevant units of UNFPA ESARO to be submitted to the Regional Interagency Steering Committee)
  • Oversee the development of the annual and mid-year progress with the Regional Interagency Working Group to be submitted to the Regional Interagency Steering Committee;

Advanced university degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, International Development, International Relations or related field

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Minimum 7 years of professional progressive work experience in SRHR in East and Southern
    Africa, including in humanitarian settings.
  • Strong track record in programme management, management of high performing teams, results-
    based planning, monitoring and reporting, proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Proven experience in managing complex partnerships.
  • Experience in applying regional approaches to strengthen national outcomes beneficial.
  • Strong skills in managing interpersonal relationships, and teamwork.
  • Knowledge and previous experience managing multi-stakeholder programmes, with experience
    in managing joint UN programmes an advantage.
  • Experience in the use of office software packages, and handling of web-based management systems


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable

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