Job Title: Programme Specialist, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Amman, Jordan, P-3
Job ID: 27440
Location: Arab States
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Rotation: This post is non-rotational.
Duty station: Amman Jordan
Duration: One year renewable (*)
Closing date: 29 December 2019
[*] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations
The Programme Specialist – Sexual and Reproductive Health will establish and maintain collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies and civil society to address SRH emerging issues and to facilitate quality integrated programme delivery.
S/He will work under the overall guidance of UNFPA Jordan Representative and reports to Humanitarian Programme Coordinator, and closely works with all heads of units and camps coordinators to ensure effective and quality SRH programme integration and delivery.
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; 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.
The SRH Specialist will ensure the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of sexual and Reproductive Health. S/He will oversee SRH programme formulation, implementation, reporting and evaluation, capacity building, coordination and partnerships, policy dialogue and advocacy, and support resources mobilization for generating funding support to SRH programme. S/He will work under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Country Representative and direct supervision of Humanitarian Coordinator and within the framework of JCO CPD (2018-2022), UNSDF (2018-2022) and the framework of the Minimal Services Initial Package (MISP).
Main Tasks & Responsibilities
A. Programme Development and Implementation
Oversee the SRH programme development and ensure timely and high quality integrated SRH propgramme development and implementation, and help to bring innovations to SRH programming in collaboration with various sectors/clusters; Support development/review of national policies and strategies to promote innovative service delivery models and improve access and utilization of maternal health services in general and family planning services in particular; Lead the development of SRH work plan (WP) and ensure effective management of assigned WP outputs/activities; Contribute to formulation of performance indicators and setting of programme milestones and targets to ensure effective monitoring of progress towards achievements of set programme results; Provide analysis of the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, sexual and reproductive health and gender, and identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention; Carry out analysis and interpretation of programme data and contribute to the development of innovative strategies and approaches in light of challenges hampering implementation of RH/ RHCS related programme activities. Undertake field-monitoring visits to verify quality of project activities as well as arrange periodic project assessment and review with counterparts and other partners; Coordinate closely with the GBV, Youth and Population Development teams to ensure a strategically integrated approach to planning UNFPA programme; In close coordination with the Humanitarian Coordinator and other programme colleagues, ensure active participation in the JRP process to ensure timely and quality SRH projects submission; Liaise with sexual and reproductive health staff specialists/advisers in other agencies and organizations (including governments, national and international NGOs and women’s groups) for coherent programme intervention and integration of SRH and GBV; Support and actively participate in the planning of supply chain management needs assessment; Oversee the forecasting, procurement, warehousing and distribution of maternal health medicines and SRH commodities; Coordinate and facilitate the work of consultants and ensure good quality work and outputs.
B. Technical Support and Capacity Building
Arrange for the capacity building of partners and non-partners to provide comprehensive SRH services; Keep abreast of international best practices, guidelines and legal frameworks as well as new national policy developments and strategies, plans and development frameworks, prepare briefs, and provide inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination, and development frameworks; Use and systematically apply standard guidelines and protocols such as Essential Health Service Packages, IASC Guidelines SRH/GBV in humanitarian settings, MISP, and related instruments during assessment, planning and implementation of all programming; Support the development/revision of SRHR specific and related assessment tools; Help to identify gaps and opportunities to increase knowledge and use of Family Planning (FP) and SRH products and services among vulnerable populations, including young people, at all levels of the health sector; Coach and build capacity of UNFPA SRH Programme Ofiicer/s on SRH coordination; Support in the development/revision of training manuals and other reference documents; Provide technical support and guidance to the IPs in order to ensure high quality implementation of programme activities; Coordinate, develop and facilitate relevant SRHR and GBV training sessions and materials for intra-sectoral and multi-sectoral prevention and response actors, including Government, and implementing partners for a stronger integrated rights-based approaches including implementation of standard operating procedures; Conduct regular field visits to both camps and host communities to provide on ground technical support, feedback and to monitor programme implementation.
C. Partnerships and Coordination
Participate and contribute technical/programme inputs in inter-agency as well as national coordination forums around SRH and RHCS to maintain collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, civil society, bilateral as well as multi-lateral development partners, etc; Chair the Sexual and Reproductive Health Sub-Working Group on monthly basis at national level and oversee SRH coordination at camps level to ensure availability of SRH comprehensive and quality services within the Syrian humanitarian response through identifying gaps and avoid duplication; Strengthen and reinforce UNFPA leadership role in Sexual and Reproductive Health through provision of high quality technical assistance for government and other counterparts in the country; Participate in the Health Working Groups meeting (Health sector and JHPDF), ensure position of UNFPA as the lead agency in SRH, and advocate for the integration of SRH and GBV; Communicate with partners and beneficiaries on project feasibility and effectiveness. Adjust project plans as per available funds and evolving and emerging situation and needs to ensure cost effectiveness of implemented interventions within the work plans.
D. Policy Dialogue and Advocacy
Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address SRH and GBV needs and broader gender issues at the district/township level. Identify, understand and provide information about the elements of specific policies, regulations and laws that support SRH services for refugees and vulnerable populations and create barriers and restrict access to SRH services. Conduct substantive policy dialogue with Government counterparts, UN, and other development partners to facilitate the incorporation of sexual and reproductive health and MISP into national and sub-national emergency preparedness and contingency plans and strategies, UN systems initiatives and development frameworks. Provide strategic inputs towards advocacy efforts of the Country Office by preparing or reviewing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, donor briefs, speeches, and participating in donor meetings and public information events. Translate global and regional SRH strategies into country specific advocacy strategies; Create and deliver effective evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA SRH programme goals taking into account political and cultural sensitivities. Advise on and build strong technical and programme multi-sectoral partnerships for advocacy of the inclusion of MISP, SRHiE and Gender Based Violence in health sector strategies, budgetary frameworks, policies through national institutions, networks, and alliances; Support advocacy for RH/RHCS and Family Planning and development of appropriate RH/FP/RHCS communication strategies and corresponding materials.
E. Resource Mobilization and Reporting
Contribute to CO’s efforts in Resource Mobilization through collection and analysis of information on donors, drafting of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of funding gaps in programmes and opportunities for funding, etc; Assist CO in developing proposals and fund raising for SRH programming. Prepare periodic progress and annual reports (including narrative and financial reports and reports on distribution of commodities and assets) using UNFPA’s Result Based Management approach, substantive analysis of related issues and way forward. Develop monthly reports that capture relevant information and support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes; Collect and compile programme activity information and provide support for the development of annual donor reports, monitoring and evaluating progress toward achievement of programme outcomes; Provide advice, document and report on achievements of programme and project results, proactively demonstrating substantive progress towards set targets.
Perform any other task to support to UNFPA’s SRH programme objectives
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced degree in RH and public Health or relevant Social Sciences;
Knowledge and Experience:
Minimum of 5 years of experience in working with RH programming/ coordination with UNFPA or other United Nations organization, including in humanitarian settings; Experience in managing RH or health programmes with direct experience relating to supply chain management systems, advising on RH commodities and health systems at national or international level; Demonstrable knowledge of reproductive health issues and/or protection issues in humanitarian settings, and of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors; Experience in program management; Field experience is a strong asset
Fluency in English is required. Advanced Arabic is a strong asset.
Other Desirable Skills:
Initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment, strong interest in humanitarian work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.
Exemplifying integrity, Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system, Embracing cultural diversity, Embracing change
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
Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships Delivering results-based programmers Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization
Providing strategic focus Engaging internal/external partners Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance Making decisions and exercising judgment
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