Youth & Adolescent Specialist

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Duty Station: Lilongwe, Malawi

Closing Date: 10 May 2021 (5pm, Lilongwe time)

Duration: One year (*)

Post Type: Fixed Term Appointment

Please note that this vacancy is open to Internal/External candidates.

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

Organizational Setting

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The Position:

Under the overall supervision of the Adolescent and Youth SRHR Adviser, the Programme Specialist is plays a key role in coordinating and managing youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health thematic interventions of the UNFPA supported programme and related projects, including the UN Joint Programme on Girls Education (JPGE) funded by Norway.  S/He is responsible for project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The candidate is also responsible advocating for policy change relating to UNFPA’s mandate in the country and provide technical support to the Government of Malawi and other Implementing Partners.

The Programme Specialist will be based in Lilongwe and will report directly to the Adolescent and Youth SRHR Adviser.

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

The Programme Specialist analyses trends in youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health as well as the social and policy related environment in-country.  S/He is responsible for reports, updates and information on progress, and achievements of these components of the UNFPA supported programme and associated projects, in line with the principles of results based management.  S/He ensures coherence with agreed national and international planning frameworks, including the UNFPA Strategic Plan, UN Sustainable Development Coordination Framework, National Development Plan, and related sectoral strategies.

The Programme Specialist may oversee the work of other field based programme officers.  S/He and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues. S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.

The Programme Specialist plays a key role in the Adolescent/Youth unit of the programme team of the Country Office and s/he is accountable for ensuring the proper disbursement and absorption of project funds to implementing partners, including at the district level. The Programme Specialist also facilitates the work of consultants, advisors and experts and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with all programme and project stakeholders.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

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You would be responsible for:

A. General programming

  • In collaboration with Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners provide substantive leadership to the formulation and design of the country programme and its AWPs in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. Ensure quality of programme/project design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems.
  • Manage the development, implementation and monitoring of the UNFPA supported youth programme and projects, in particular:
    • Assesses priority technical requirements of the programme.
    • Play a leadership role in driving implementation of the JPEG  project, including engagement with other UN agencies.
    • Provide technical and managerial support to the Government and NGO partners in the implementation of the programme.
    • Organise and participate in periodic technical reviews as well as programme evaluation exercises.
  • Advise and report on achievement of programme and project results, proactively measuring substantive progress and the effective utilization of financial and human project resources using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools. Leads programme and project implementation guiding and orienting executing agencies and project personnel introducing effective modalities and practices of implementation.
  • Analyse and report on programme and project progress in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identifies constraints and resource deficiencies and recommends corrective action. Monitor project expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and to realize targeted delivery levels.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the creation and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health 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.
  • Advise and report on interdependencies/interlinkages between UNFPA programme components (i.e. population and development, SRH, ASRH, and gender).

B. Technical expertise/management:

  • Review the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, reproductive health and gender, and pursue opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention. Assess implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution and ensures appropriate implementation.
  • Analyse and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health 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 and inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination and development frameworks.
  • Participate in relevant national and sub-national fora, enhancing UNFPA mandate on youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and work to ensure that technical issues are incorporated in national development plans and frameworks.
  • Address policy issues and provides substantive inputs to facilitate policy dialogue and the central positioning of youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues within policies, national plans and strategies, UN system initiatives, and development frameworks in national and development partners’ coordination mechanisms in line with the new aid environment.
  • Ensure increased availability and use of technical information to improve data collection, analysis, and use; with special attention to recent developments in analysis of data from censuses, surveys, statistics, etc.
  • Create substantive knowledge of youth issues in the country, assesses technical assistance needs in these areas and advises on the suitability of programmes and related interventions to meet these needs.
  • Participate actively in appropriate UN coordination mechanisms (e.g. Joint UN Teams) and support and contribute to all joint programmes/activities among the UN agencies.

C. Policy support

  • Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies by analysing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks and prepares briefs and inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination and development frameworks.
  • Address policy issues and provide substantive inputs to facilitate policy dialogue and central positioning of youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues within policies, national plans and strategies, UN systems initiatives and development frameworks (i.e. CCA, UN Cooperation Framework, UN Reform, PSRPs, SWAPs, CAPs, SDGs) in national and development partners’ mechanisms in line with the new aid environment.
  • Initiate policy dialogue, develop policy briefs and position papers on relevant issues and support other programme team members in their policy dialogue, and at the country level with key partners.
  • Strength national capacity for implementation of the ICPD agenda in Malawi, particularly around youth agenda, and on institutional capacities, support for national policies and strategies, and community partnerships and networking.

D. Advocacy and resource mobilisation

  • Contribute to advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts of Country Office by preparing relevant documentation (i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events).
  • Develop donor reports, factsheets, briefing materials, info graphics, 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.

E. Funds management

  • Prepare, revise and manage relevant Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and detailed budgets.
  • Monitor expenditures to ensure delivery is in line with approved budgets and to realize 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.

Carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience

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Education: 

Master’s Degree in political sciences, social policy, public health, social mobilisation, business administration, international relations or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least five years of programme management experience is required in the field of development cooperation .
  • Working experience in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and rights is required.
  • Additionally, working experience in the fields of adolescents/youth and/or gender is highly desirable.
  • Working experience in data collection/analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and managerial skills required. Self-starter, proactive, passion for the issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and editing skills in English.
  • A thorough understanding of the UN system.

Languages:

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

Required Competencies

Values:

  • 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

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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.
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Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus annual leave, health insurance and other benefits.
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Disclaimer

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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 http://www.unfpa.org/employment. 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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