Programme Specialist, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 175 views

The Position:

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Programme Specialist is located in UNFPA’s Nay Pyi Taw office. S/he will oversee implementation of a multi-year joint programme focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights contributing towards implementation of UNFPA’s Myanmar’s fourth country programme. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Deputy Representative, and coordinate closely with SRHR, youth and gender-based violence programme specialists working in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and field offices.

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.

Job Purpose:

UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. We support countries to use population data for policies and programmes to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and realizing reproductive rights is at the core of UNFPA’s work as formulated in the UNFPA strategic plan (2018-2022). This includes strengthening capacities to provide high-quality, integrated information and services; supporting adolescents and youth in their SHRS; responding to women and young people’s needs in humanitarian settings and integrating rights perspectives into national policies, development frameworks and laws, to prioritizing to reach the furthest behind.

The SRHR Programme Specialist will support implementation of UNFPA Myanmar’s fourth country programme, focusing on the humanitarian-development nexus, working on advocacy and policy development, capacity building and ensuring service delivery simultaneously. S/he will lead the management and implementation of the joint UNFPA-UNICEF HER (Health Equality Rights) programme while contributing towards all SRHR activities within the country programme in close collaboration with the programme team.

The Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Programme, is a multi-year joint UNFPA/UNICEF programme funded by Global Affairs Canada to improve the health and protect the rights of women and young people in Myanmar. The programme focuses on young people’s access to high quality and equitable services and information in the area of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS as well as to prevention and response to gender based violence across the humanitarian-development nexus. UNFPA will support the provision of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for in and out of school young people and increased availability of sexual and reproductive health services that are adolescent and youth friendly. HER contributes to UNFPA’s Women and Girls First Programme, the second phase of which has been launched in July 2019 and will be implemented through 2022.

The SRHR Programme Specialist will work in close collaboration with national authorities, humanitarian and development agencies (UN, NGOs and INGOs) and civil society organizations and support advocacy and policy development as well as programme implementation. The role will include a supervisory function and require close cooperation with programme teams in Yangon and in field offices, as well as close coordination with the Women and Girls First Programme Management Team in Yangon.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, demography, gender, economics, health education, international relations, international development, social sciences or other related discipline.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public health, international development, advocacy or social sciences of which at least three at the international level;
  • Expertise on adolescent sexual and reproductive health required with previous experience working on Comprehensive Sexuality Education highly preferred;
  • Solid experience with programme development, implementation, and monitoring in the field of SRHR is required;
  • Previous experience advancing SRHR advocacy and policy including engagement of a wide constituency of governmental and non-governmental partners;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships;
  • Previous experience with UNFPA especially at the international level is highly desirable.


Fluency in English is required; Working knowledge of another UN language an asset

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