Monday, April 14, 2014

UNFPA Deputy Representative - UNFPA (Apply by: 29 April 2014)


We are pleased to re-announce the following vacancy

VACANCY NO.: Job ID 2516

CLOSING DATE: 29 April 2014 (5.00 p.m. New York time)

POST TITLE: UNFPA Deputy Representative

CATEGORY: ICS-12 (equivalent to P-5)


DUTY STATION: New Delhi, India

POST TYPE: Rotational

DURATION: One year (renewable)[1]

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Asia and the Pacific Region

Organizational Setting

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative, the Deputy Representative plays the leading role in the formulation and delivery of the UNFPA country programme and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Country Office. Deputy Representative posts at this level are typically found in country offices categorized as having (1) a highly complex operating environment, (2) important programme/political partnership engagement and/or (3) regional representation. The Deputy Representative will also supervise Country Office staff as assigned by the Representative.

Job Purpose

In close collaboration with the UNFPA Representative, the UNFPA Deputy Representative plays a leading role in strengthening the Country’s capacity to implement the ICPD Programme of Action within the context of its national development efforts for the achievement of the MDGs, thus ensuring national ownership. S/He is primarily responsible for the formulation and delivery of the UNFPA Country programme, projecting the programme of the organization, promoting at the national level the goals of the programme and ensuring the integration of issues of population, sexual and reproductive health, and gender in the broader development agenda. The Deputy Representative plays a leadership role also within the UNFPA country team, providing an example of creative programme development and sharing knowledge and insights with staff to facilitate broad country programme management. Key activities include:

Programme Leadership
National Capacity Development
Partnerships and Advocacy
Resource Management

The Deputy Representative serves as OIC in absence of the UNFPA Representative; s/he serves on the Country Management Team, with the OM or other senior staff in operations management.

Major Activities/Expected Results

3. Major Activities/Expected Results

A. Programme Leadership – Ensures quality development and delivery of integrated technical and programmatic support that meets country needs and achieve the ICPD goals and MDGs:

• Assess and address implications of national trends on UNFPA work in the country;
• Consult with Government, civil society and other relevant stakeholders on national priorities;
• Recommend areas of assistance on the basis of continuous review and analysis of demographic and socio-economic data and national population policies in the context of the formulation, implementation and monitoring of UNFPA supported Country Programme;
• Provide inputs to the RO based on country specificities for the development of the global/regional strategic plan;
• Assess additional resource requirements for the Country Programme;
• Ensure continuous feedback to the RO/SRO on programme, technical and operational policy, regulations, procedures etc. as well as lessons learned and import new modalities or directions in thinking into the country office;
• Develop and manage the Country Programme in line with the strategic plan, liaising with the RO/SRO technical and programme teams;
• Implement UNFPA guidelines, policies, standards, tools and systems at the CO level;
• Oversee and direct technical assistance to partners and stakeholders in the country;
• Catalyze the expansion of the range of UNFPA deliverables and originate new project portfolios in UNFPA’s mandate area; develop new programme options and project models in substantive areas;
• Devolve authority for portfolio management to project and national staff facilitating capacity building and guide programme implementation with solid, substantive oversight and effective programme representation;
• Establish quality standards for project development and delivery, in consultation with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor assigned to support the RO;
• Prepare programme and financial progress reports and feedback to donors;
• Take the lead in promoting knowledge sharing with the country operations, with partners and with the Regional and/or Sub-Regional offices; and
• Depending on the country of assignment, high priority may be placed on the formulation and execution of responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and humanitarian emergencies.

B. National Capacity Development:

• Implement strategy for capacity building at the country level, within the context of the global strategy;
• Create an enabling environment for the implementation of the ICPD agenda;
• Provide technical, material, financial and political support to strengthen national capacity on thematic programmes; and
• Create/improve national capacities to monitor, evaluate and learn from capacity development initiatives.

C. Partnerships and Advocacy – Enhances the capacity of the country office to build reliable and sustainable partnerships and advocate effectively:

• Advocate for ICPD agenda with national institutions and other UN agencies represented at the national level;
• Promote South-South cooperation for the achievement of ICPD goals;
• Pursue innovative ways to maintain and create new partnerships;
• Maintain a continuous flow of information with government and donors;
• Advocate for organizational goals in population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender with national counterparts and within the United Nations system as part of coordinated development activities demonstrating empathy with national perspectives and the capacity to align organizational goals with national priorities;
• Participate in the UN Common Country Assessment and the UN Development Assistance Framework exercises in the country as part of broader UN Reform initiatives; and
• Participate in the sector-wide approach (SWAP) activities in the health sector as appropriate.

D. Resources Management – Ensures the efficient and effective delivery of day-to-day management support to country operations:

• Support the UNFPA Representative in overall accountability for the management and work of the Country Office;
• Participate in the formulation of the annual work plans and monitor their day-to-day implementation through consultations, correspondence and field visits;
• Propose and secure annual allocations for the country programme, and ensure the efficient and effective use of such resources in compliance with UNFPA financial rules, regulations, and procedures;
• Assist in the formulation and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the country, and mobilize, in coordination with IERD and the RO, additional financial resources for the country;
• Support the Representative in the management of human and financial resources, with particular attention to ensuring systems of accountability as per UNFPA policies, rule and procedures;
• Supervise international and national programme staff, providing them with managerial direction and motivation;
• Participate directly in achieving staff accountability, learning and career management within the office;
• Develop and guide an integrated and systems approach to the work of the Country Office;
• Communicate standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the Country Office OMP and the PAD system;
• Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; seek to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels; foster staff motivation, development and empowerment; and lead by example; Coordinate the provision of administrative services with service providers;
• Provide counseling and support to JPOs on work, training and career issues and advise managers on all aspects of the JPO programme; and
• Develop and manage UNFPA’s internship and young professional programme.
• Advise on and support the establishment of a CO security strategy and plan in line with UN procedures and requirements; and
• Ensure an ethics-based approach to management of all human and financial resources.

E. Performs other job related duties as assigned by the UNFPA Representative or Regional Management Team required to ensure the success of the country programme.

Required Competencies:


• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA
• and the UN system
• Embracing cultural diversity
• 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

Managerial Competencies:

• Providing strategic focus
• Engaging internal/external partners and
• stakeholders
• Leading, developing and empowering people/
• creating a culture of performance
• Making decisions and exercising judgment

Required Skillset:

• 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

Job Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.
  • 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities/capacities.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.
  • Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing in English to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships in the assigned country.
  • Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations; and,
  • Field experience is a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender quality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.
We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive salary plus housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

How to apply:

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.

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.

[1] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5

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