Programme Specialist, Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health, Kampala 101 views

Job Title: NATIONAL POST: Programme Specialist, Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health, NOC, Kampala – Uganda

Job ID: 27358

Location: Africa

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Rotation: This post is non-rotational.

Organizational Setting

The Position

You will be responsible for leading the Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) Programme at UNFPA Uganda Country Office, reporting directly to the Head of the Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ISRHR) team/Assistant Representative.

How you can make a difference:

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 new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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; who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them; and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Uganda’s population is predominantly young, with more than 76% being under the age of 30. Young people in Uganda face considerable challenges. One of four adolescents have a baby or a pregnant by age 18. Child marriage stands at 33% and HIV prevalence among young people below 25 years stands at

  • 7% with youth (15-24 years) contributing to 44% of the new HIV infections. Such challenges need to be overcome, to allow young people realize their full potential. UNFPA plays a critical role in supporting the government and other partners to prioritize, strategize and invest in policies and programmes that will improve the lives of young people and result in the harnessing of the demographic dividend.

It is in this context that the AYSRH Programme Specialist will contribute to the co-ordination and management of quality, timely and integrated technical and programme support to the Country Office, ensuring that Uganda’s adolescent and youth programme is implemented in the context of: the ICPD Programme of Action and UNFPA Strategic Plan as well as national development processes and frameworks.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

  • Providing overall strategic leadership for the Adolescents and Youth programme in both development and humanitarian settings.
  • Providing leadership in mobilizing resources for adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health activities including identification of AYSRH needs and appropriate potential donors; and development of proposals.
  • Providing leadership in monitoring, review and evaluation of adolescent and youth programmes; and in developing response plans to consolidate any strengths and to address any identified gaps.
  • Supporting the Ministries of Health, Education and Sports and Gender, Labour and Social development, districts and other relevant partners in development, implementation and monitoring of relevant adolescent and youth policy and technical strategies.
  • Providing leadership in analysis of the political, social and economic environment that imparts on the adolescents and youth programme and formulating appropriate policy and programmatic adjustments to harness any opportunities and mitigate any risks.
  • Providing leadership in establishing and maintaining partnerships with adolescents and youth relevant stakeholders, networks, alliances and coalitions to ensure a collective effort towards advancement of the wellbeing of young people.
  • Representing the Country Office in relevant national and sub-national Technical Working Groups (TWGs)/Fora to provide technical support and position UNFPA’s adolescent and youth mandate.

Key Outcomes

The following will be the corresponding expected outcomes:

  • Strategies (with clear roadmap and approaches) on how to address teenage pregnancy, child marriage, youth participation and leadership, HIV prevalence.
  • Increased resources for adolescent and youth programming.
  • Appropriate, effective and efficient adolescent and youth Programme.
  • AYSRH policy and technical strategies developed and rolled out including sexuality education through the Ministry of Education and Sports and Adolescent Health Policy through Ministry of Health.
  • Enabling policy, social and economic environment for adolescent and youth programming.
  • Enhanced partnership with AYSRH actors/stakeholders with accelerated efforts towards advancement of the wellbeing of young people in Uganda.
  • Increased representation in relevant meetings/fora with enhanced UNFPA’s influence among the UN, Government and relevant adolescent and youth stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in Public health, health policy population, development, social sciences and/or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience in AYSRH programming.
  • Experience working with Ministries of Health, Education and Sports, Gender, Labor and Social Development and Local Government (districts) is desirable.
  • Excellent computer/information systems skills.
  • Understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA’s mandate, policies, operations and development topics within the Ugandan setting is an added advantage.


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, is desirable.

Required Competencies


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

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.


WARNING TO APPLICANTS: UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter or offer that makes use of the name or logo of UNFPA, you may submit a report through the UNFPA fraud hotline

How to Apply:

A full job description of the position can be accessed on https:// and only online applications using this link will be accepted.

IMPORTANT: There are NO application processing or other fees at any stage of UNFPA application processes. This post is open to only Ugandan Nationals.

For any questions or comments please contact [email protected]

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