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Offer: Programme Specialist / Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC); reports to the Regional Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health


The Programme Specialist is located in Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACRO) and reports to the Regional Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Post type: Service Contract.

The Programme Specialist substantively contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the Cluster of Women and Reproductive Health (CWRH). S/he analyses and assesses relevant political, social economic and epidemiological trends in the field of sexual and reproductive health, in response to priorities defined by the regional office. Provides substantive inputs to project formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and regional development frameworks. The Programme Specialist supports the delivery of UNFPA’s programmes by technical and financial monitoring results achieved during implementation.

Major Activities/Expected Results:

> To assist the Regional office and particularly the Cluster of Women and Reproductive Health, and contributes substantively to the formulation and design of the Regional programme and its component projects in line with Regional priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures.
> Ensures quality of programme / project design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems.
> Collaborate with the LACRO SRH cluster to development agenda, including the achievement of the MDGs and within the ICPD Beyond 2014 and the post-MDG/Post-2015 agenda.
> To support implementation of the WRH Strategy ensuring their linkages and applying the integrated SRHR approach;; ensure UNPFA leadership and engagement in WRH initiative; and ensure that technical knowledge is updated, generated, collected and disseminated for effective technical and policy dialogues.
> Understand and respond to the needs of the regional office in developing and updating policies, frameworks, guidance, standards, instruments and tools in the substantive area
> Provide strategic input in development of WRH related indicators, tools and guidance for evaluations considering the MDG post-2015 development agenda targets and indicators, and specifically support the development and utilization of programme indicators and indicator databases- Establish a database on the progress of SRH at the regional level,
> In collaboration with the Cluster of women and reproductive health contributes to the substantive elaboration of UNFPA Strategic Plan and to its implementation;health contributes to the substantive elaboration of UNFPA Strategic Plan and to its implementation.

Job Requirements:

 Analyzes and interprets the political, social economic and epidemiological environment relevant to Women and Reproductive Health (WRH)
 Keeps abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, technical updates in the field, and prepares briefs and inputs for policy dialogue, development frameworks and preparation of reports.
 Supports project implementation establishing collaborative relationships within the cluster of women and reproductive health with implementing partners (IPs), facilitating timely and efficient delivery of project inputs.
 Helps create and document knowledge about current and emerging reproductive health trends by analyzing programme, projects, strategies, approaches and supports documentation of best practices in the field and ongoing experience for lessons learned. Assists advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of LAC Regional Office by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events.

University degree in Medicine, Social Science, or other health related field with a master degree in public health or sexual and reproductive health.

Knowledge and Experience:
 At least 5 years' experience at the national level in the development, implementation and management of sexual and reproductive health issues.
 Experience in writing proposals and reports

Required Competencies:
Functional Competencies:
 Results-based programme development and management – Contributes to the achievement of results through primary research and analysis and effective monitoring of programme/ project implementation. Uses analytical skills to identify opportunities for project development and participates in formulation of proposals ensuring substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches.
 Innovation and marketing of new approaches – Enhances existing processes and products. Documents and analyzes innovative strategies, best practices and new approaches. Adapts quickly to change.
 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. Analyzes selected materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.
 Advocacy/ advancing a policy oriented agenda – Prepares and communicates relevant information for evidence-based advocacy. Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society to support advocacy efforts, and takes opportunities to advocate UNFPA’s mandate.
 Resource mobilization – Provides inputs to resource mobilization strategies, analyzing and maintaining information and databases on donors and developing database of project profiles for presentation to donors.

Languages: Fluency in English is required.



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