Sunday, April 27, 2014

National Programme Officer (P&D) - UNFPA (Apply by: 30 April 2014)


ISSUE DATE : April 16, 2014

CLOSING DATE : April 30, 2014

POST TITLE : National Programme Officer (Population & 

POST NUMBER : 00034485


DUTY STATION : New Delhi, India

DURATION : Annual, renewable 


Under the overall guidance of the Representative or designated officer, the National Programme Officer (NPO) will be responsible for steering the work related to the Population and Development Component of the Country Programme Action Plan-8. The NPO will lead strategy formulation including research on current and emerging areas, assume leadership in undertaking demographic analysis for better understanding of inter-linkages between population and development and work in ensuring better use of statistics and data in planning, monitoring and policy advocacy . 

The NPO would work closely and interface with other NPOs working on Youth and Adolescents; Family Planning and Reproductive Health; Sex-Selection, gender, rights and other related issues.


• Provide substantive and strategic leadership for improving data collection systems including surveys, censuses and service statistics systems, and enhancing their use in development planning.
• Lead strategic research on population and development, its inter-linkages with poverty alleviation and initiate dissemination of such research for advocacy and policy level discussions.
• Liaise with Development professionals, Academic institutions and Professional bodies in the country and create a platform for technical discussions on key indicators of population and development including Post 2015 development Goals with professional bodies and experts.
• Serve as expert on Population and Development issues by keeping abreast with recent developments in research approaches, methodologies and measurement of indicators related to population and development
• Lead the country programme implementation for enhancing capacities of government counterparts at National, State and in Districts levels for effective use of data in integrated development planning, monitoring and policy making.
• Develop and support implementation of capacity building interventions for key stakeholders engaged in management of Population and Development programmes. 
• Initiate discussion for the establishment of Centers of Excellence for Census and Population and Development training in the country for South-South Collaboration.
• Guide implementation of cross-cutting themes by coordinating with other programme divisions in UNFPA.
• Assist in resource mobilization efforts of the organization
• Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Representative.



• Values and Guiding Principles: Integrity, Commitment to the Organization and its Mandate; Cultural Sensitivity and Valuing Diversity
• Developing People: Developing people/Coaching and Mentoring, Performance Management, Fostering Innovation and Empowerment
• Building & Managing Relationships: Working in Teams, Communicating Information and Ideas, Self Management/Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management/Negotiating & Resolving Disagreements
• Personal Leadership & Effectiveness: Analytical and Strategic thinking, Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence, Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making, Knowledge Sharing/Continuous Learning


• Results-based programme development and management – Ensures achievement of results through effective implementation and monitoring of programme/ project implementation. Identifies opportunities for project development and formulates proposals ensuring substantive rigour in the design and application of proven successful approaches.
• Innovation and marketing of new approaches – Creates and improves processes and products. Devises innovative strategies, best practices and new approaches.
• Leveraging the resources of partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships – Establishes, maintains and utilizes a broad network of contacts to keep abreast of developments and share information. Strengthens and creates strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.
• Advocacy/ advancing a policy oriented agenda –. Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society to lead advocacy efforts, and takes opportunities to advocate UNFPA’s mandate.
• Resource mobilization – Ensures development of approriate resource mobilization strategies, and maintainance of information and databases on donors and project profiles for presentation to donors.


• Ph.D in Demography/Population Studies, Economics, Statistics, Sociology or Environmental Sciences. 
• 5-8 years of relevant experience and good knowledge of data collection systems and research methods-quantitative and qualitative. At least 1-2 years of policy level work and advocacy will be an advantage. 
• Full proficiency in English (including excellent writing and communication skills), and knowledge of one of the official Indian languages
• Good working knowledge on various computer applications

We are looking for candidates who have:

• The ability for advocacy and advancing a policy oriented agenda
• A track record in innovation and marketing a new approaches
• A capacity for leveraging the resources of national governments and partners and for building strategic alliances with partners
• Integrity, commitment and respect for diversity
• Skills to manage relationships, communicate and develop people
• An ability for analytical and strategic thinking and results orientation


Please submit your application along with resume to: The Representative, UNFPA, 55-Lodi Estate, New Delhi indicating the post and vacancy number on the envelope. Closing date for applications: April 30, 2014. Applications may also be sent through email at the following email address: indicating the post and vacancy number in the subject line.

Candidates should also complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11). The P-11 form is available on the UNFPA website at The completed P-11 form should be submitted along with the application.

UNFPA offers an attractive compensation package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits. 

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the value of gender equality, team work, respect for diversity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. 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.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or any other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process.

This is a Project funded position open to Indian Nationals only

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