Programme Analyst, Lilongwe

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Job Description

Job Title

National Post: Programme Analyst, Lilongwe, Malawi, NOB

Job ID 40707

Location East and Southern Africa

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular


This post is non-rotational.

Duty Station: Lilongwe, Malawi

Closing Date: 31st December 2021

Duration: One year (*)

Post Type: Fixed Term Appointment

Please note that this vacancy is open to nationals of Malawi

*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN staff Regulation 4.5



Organizational Setting

The Position:

The Programme Analyst for Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) plays a leadership role in the Umoyo Wathu project team and s/he is accountable for the implementation of activities at national and district level of the programme for Equitable Health Outcomes within the “Umoyo Wathu” United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP).

The MNH Programme Analyst will operate under the overall supervision of the Umoyo Wathu Programme Manager and the technical guidance of the SRHR Coordinator.

How can you make a difference:

A Joint United Nations (UN) proposal on health systems strengthening (HSS) has been developed by UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA and coordinated by the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO). The Joint Programme will provide technical support to ensure quality integrated Sexual Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) services being available and accessible at primary care and community levels, leading to high coverage of such services, which is a key condition for women, children and adolescents to attain a state of good health by 2025.

The United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) will identify and build upon the complementarities of the three agencies, bring together the added value of each of the partners to address the multifaceted areas of HSS, PHC and achieving UHC – all important contributions towards sustainable development in Malawi.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that deliver high impact and sustained results. We are looking for candidates who excel in collaboration with government, other partners and colleaguaes, thinks and act strategically and are able to manage ambiguity and complexity.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

The Programme Analyst will be responsible for the following:

A. General programming

  • In collaboration with government counterparts and other agencies in the UW programme, ensure quality of project design by incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices in the area of MNH. Ensure that appropriate implementation and monitoring mechanisms and systems are in place.
  • Provide technical and managerial support to the Government and UW partners in the implementation of the project and ensure proper linkages to other projects within the CO.
  • Organise and participate in periodic technical reviews as well as project evaluation exercises at district and country levels.
  • Advise and report on achievement of the project results, proactively measuring substantive progress and the effective utilisation of financial and human project resources using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools.
  • Assist in project implementation, guiding and orienting executing agencies and project personnel introducing effective modalities and practices of implementation.
  • Analyse and report on project progress to achieve results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identify constraints and resource deficiencies and recommend corrective action.
  • Monitor project expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and to realise targeted delivery levels.
  • Together with the UW programme manager oversee project implementation establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient delivery of project inputs and addressing training needs of project personnel.
  • Support the creation and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging MNH trends and issues by the programme team through the analysis of programme projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and uses this knowledge for information sharing and planning future strategies.
  • Provide technical support to the ongoing district level implementation of the ASRHR/Gender/Spotlight Initiative programmes and ensure synergies between these programmes.
  • Advise and report on interdependencies/interlinkages between programme components such as population and development, SRH programme, ASRH, and gender.
  • As a member of the SRHR team in UNFPA, link with all other SRHR team members.

B. Technical expertise/management:

  • Analyse and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to MNH planning and identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies by analysing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks and prepares briefs for district staff in the UW programme and other UNFPA projects.
  • Provide technical support and analysis to district staff of the UW programme.
  • Participate in relevant national and sub-national fora, and ensure that technical issues are incorporated in national development plans and frameworks.
  • Participate actively in appropriate UN coordination mechanisms (e.g. Joint UN Teams, UNDAF cluster meetings) and support and contribute to all joint programmes/activities among the UN agencies.

C. Advocacy and resource mobilisation

  • Contribute to the Country Office’s advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts by preparing relevant documentation (i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events).
  • Develop factsheets, briefing materials, infographics, and presentations for public information, advocacy and resource mobilisation purposes.
  • Prepare project proposals and share information about UNFPA tools for co-financing and funding.
  • Build strong technical and programme multi-sectoral partnerships for advocacy for ICPD agenda through national institutions, networks, alliances and coalitions.  Monitor and keep updates on existing and potential partnerships. Follow through and ensure that recommendations and action points agreed to are addressed.

D. Funds management

  • Support the development of annual UW budgets
  • Prepare and manage relevant activity budgets, monitor expenditures to ensure delivery is in line with approved budgets and to realise targeted delivery levels.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate reporting of financial information.
  • Raise requisitions for relevant travels and procurement under the e-procurement module in Atlas.
  • Manage assets that have been procured by the UNFPA and supplied to the implementing partners, ensuring that they are put to proper use.


Qualifications and Experience


  • A Masters degree in public health, medicine, nursing/midwifery  and/or other related social science field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in the field of SRHR.
  • Extensive experience in providing MNH services, knowledge of midwifery is an advantage.
  •  At least five years of field-based programme management experience in the field of development activities, preferably in programme/project management.
  • Working experience in the fields of adolescents/youth and/or gender is highly desirable.
  • Working experience in monitoring and evaluation and report writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and managerial skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and editing skills in English.
  • A thorough understanding of the UN system is an advantage.


  • Fluency in written and oral English.  Fluency in a local language is an advantage


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:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-based programmes
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation


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.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary, annual leave, pension, health insurance and other benefits.



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