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Job Title: Strategic Policy Specialist, Office of the Executive Director, New York, P-4

Job ID: 27402

Location: Headquarters

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Rotation: This post is non-rotational.

Closing Date: 12 December 2019 (5 pm New York time)

Duration: One year (renewable)[i]

Duty Station: New York

[i] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations

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Organizational Setting

The Position:

The Strategic Policy Specialist post is located in the Office of the Executive Director. The incumbent reports directly to Chief of Staff.

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 unmet need for family planning; end preventable maternal deaths; 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:

It is critical that the Office of the Executive Director (OED) coordinates delivery in a strategic and proactive manner and, forges new and strengthens current partnerships within and outside the UN System and other key partners in order to advance UNFPA’s mandate. The various current and emerging engagements must be coordinated, operationalized and reinforced in a cohesive way and monitored for impact. An emphasis on the strategic, quality and timely coordination and delivery of results will ensure that UNFPA is a credible partner that can bring concrete changes in the lives of women, adolescents and youth. The Strategic Policy Specialist within the OED will contribute to the Mandate of UNFPA by providing substantive and strategic support to the office of the Chief of Staff within the OED in the overall execution of his/her duties, including other front office and business units that fall under his/her purview.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

Under the general supervision of the Chief of Staff, OED the incumbent performs the following functions:

Support and coordinate the current and emerging collaborations within and outside the UN system and other key entities interacting with the OED, with a view to ensuring efforts are harmonized, mutually reinforcing and achieve greatest impact. Undertake a review of the work streams in the office of the Chief of Staff with a view to bring coherence and coordination in these efforts and to identify opportunities to broaden engagement, improve communication and achieve efficiencies Develop a framework to track and interface with business units on organization-wide initiatives or specific deliverables, including administrative issues. Analyze policies/frameworks and monitor actions/decisions that require follow up from senior management discussions and meetings. Anticipate and forecast upcoming tasks, deadlines and/or deliverables and monitor timelines reflecting on implications to the Fund’s mandate. Contribute to the preparation for high-level external and internal meetings as needed, and follow up on decisions and actions to be taken Build awareness, collaboration and information-exchange within and external to the OED. Contribute to the development of the Executive Director’s Annual Report and other OED deliverables including briefing materials and correspondence. Contribute to the development of the OED annual work plan, SIS and other office management reports. Flag institutional bottlenecks and lessons learned to ensure successful implementation of work plans. Prepare briefing notes and other background and communications materials needed to support senior management in their partnership engagement. Support Chief of Staff in high-level policy discussions. Support internal and external consultations to advance strategic and policy discussions around internal and external matters. Proactively seek opportunities to connect the OED with business units across the organization. Propose solutions where necessary. Bring visibility to organizational development and reform initiatives and highlight results and impact of these engagements. Undertake any other duties, including day-to-day support, as may be assigned by the Executive Director and/or the Chief of Staff.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in international relations, international development, public administration, business, management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

7 years of progressively responsible relevant experience, particularly in strategic partnership, advocacy and communication, of which at least five years at the international level. Comfortable working with ambiguity; can decide and act without having the total picture; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty. Excellent organizational, analytical, written and communications skills. Demonstrated success in developing and or building effective partnerships for development. Demonstrated ability to anticipate impact of change, and to direct self and others Self-directed, able to maintain productivity when implementing new, altered or incomplete procedures


â- Fluency in English is required; knowledge of a second UN language is highly 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

Functional Competencies:

Global Leadership and advocacy for ICPD goals Organizational Leadership and direction Ensuring operational effectiveness and accountability for results External and internal communication and advocacy for results mobilization

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 Notice to applicants: In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.


UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.

Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at

Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.

Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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