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Job Title: TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT- Programme Specialist, SRHR/GBV, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, P-3

Job ID: 27243

Location: Asia and Pacific

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Background Information


Closing Date: 4 December 2019 (5 pm New York time)

Duration: 364 days

Duty Station: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Organizational Setting

The position:

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right/Gender-Based Violence Programme Specialist is a person who inspires and delivers high impact and sustained results; a principled and ethical staff, who exemplifies human rights norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction; a staff who is transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commits to deliver excellence in programme results.

In all activities, the SRHR/GBV Programme Specialist fosters collaboration within the country Spotlight Initiative Team, particularly within the programme/technical team providing technical support in the core area of GBV prevention including Comprehensive Sexuality Education and integrated SRHR information and services. The SRHR/GBV Programme Specialist will work as part of the Spotlight Programme technical Team while under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Deputy Representative and overall leadership of the Country office Representative.

Please kindly note that this post advertisement is also a roster. Even if you do not get selected for this particular post, we may contact you directly if there is a suitable opportunity in the future and a more specific JD will then be shared.

How can you make a difference:

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations impacting negatively to the desired fulfilment of women’s and girls’ empowerment and development, and therefore a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. While there have been efforts to address and eliminate Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices (HP) in Papua New Guinea, progress remains slow and uneven, with fragmented approaches. It is clear that the elimination of all forms of SGBV and HP is intrinsically connected to transformation of gender and socio-cultural norms including those related to women’s sexuality and reproduction; and to improving access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health information and services especially for women and girls.

In response to this, the European Union and the United Nations initiated the Spotlight Initiative, a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) focused on efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The initiative comes with the highest level of commitment globally as it will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The Initiative provides a model under UN Reform for partnerships among key players encompassing participating countries, development partners, civil society, and the UN to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative advantages and expertise of various Agencies.

In Papua New Guinea, UNFPA will be one of the UN Agencies (alongside UNDP, UNICEF and UNWOMEN) overseeing the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative guided by the ICPD Programme of Action and the 2018 – 2021 Strategic Planning which focuses on three transformative outcomes: end gender-based violence and other harmful practices; ending preventable maternal deaths; and ending unmet need for family planning.

Job Purpose:

The SRHR/GBV Programme Specialist contributes to the co-ordination and management of quality, timely and integrated technical and programme support to the Spotlight Initiative, ensuring that the interventions are implemented in the context of the delivering as one and based on the national development processes and frameworks related to the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Strategy. She/he is in charge of ensuring sound and adequate technical integration of UNFPA’s comparative advantage in the areas of GBV prevention and integrated SRHR service provision in PNG.

The primary activities of the SRHR/GBV Programme Specialist will be centred around:

  • Programme Management Support
  • Capacity Development
  • Knowledge Management

As the UNFPA Spotlight Initiative focal point to be assigned to the country programme, the SRHR/GBV Programme Specialist ensures that programme assistance and capacity development needs are met and technical assistance in the areas of UNFPA’s comparative advantage is delivered effectively through the provided EU-UN modalities.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities


A- Programme Management Support:

Monitoring the programme implementation and operations on integrated SRHR services in relation to GBV prevention and management as per the Spotlight Initiative framework and programme management guidelines Provide guidance and support to the field operations, resource allocation, resource mobilization, administrative matters and operational aspects of the assigned component of the Project; Monitoring financial implementation of the activities, provide inputs on the resource distribution in the regions under coverage, identify opportunities for resource mobilization and bring areas of concern to the attention of management; In coordination with the M&E Adviser, supporting the Spotlight Initiative in the development and implementation of results-based indicators, monitoring and evaluation plans and of necessary follow-up; Contribute substantively to the development of key programme and/or management related documents as well as preparation of briefings as may be required; Participating in field missions related to planning, monitoring, and evaluation assistance to Spotlight initiatives Work Plan progress; Participating, along with the other technical and programing team members in the development of strategic frameworks of assistance/project support; With the assistance of support staff, ensuring that Spotlight Initiative needs on operational issues are addressed, and followed-up; Assisting in policy dialogue within the framework of the Spotlight Initiative

B- Capacity development – Ensures an open exchange of state-of-the-art programmatic innovations in partnership with Program/Technical Specialist:

Contributing to identification and assessment of technical and programme capacity needs and identify sources of knowledge to meet those needs; Identifying capacity building needs and follow-up through organization of capacity building activities with staff, national counterparts, and civil society partners; Coordinating with other UN agencies, the provision of technical and programme assistance in capacity development initiatives and participate in working groups and task teams; and Coaching and guiding other staff

C- Knowledge Management – Ensures an open exchange of best practices/lessons learned in partnership management:

Support and contribute in identifying opportunities and consolidating documentation on lessons learned/best practices and ensure that these are incorporated into the UN in PNG knowledge sharing system;

D- Carry out any other duties as may be required of the Spotlight Team in PNG

Qualifications and Experience

Education: Advanced university Degree in Medicine, Public Health, or closely related fields directly related to the substantive area outlined in the job description of the post.

Knowledge and experience:

5 years of increasing responsibility and professional experience in programme management and development relevant to sexual and reproductive health, and GBV, including at least two years at international level Substantive knowledge and practical experience in sexual and reproductive health, and gender, including integration of SRHR/GBV Strong results-based programme management experience with particular focus on strategic planning and capacity building Experience in programme and/or technical assistance with the UN System or with European Union (EU) or similar development partners will be an added advantage Strong interpersonal and communication skills including for dissemination of information and advocacy activities. Field experience is required

Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

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

Functional Competencies:

Business acumen Implementing management systems Innovation and marketing of new approaches Client orientation Organizational awareness

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.


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