Deputy Representative, P-5

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

Deputy Representative, P-5

UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Position:

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 programme and operations management.

Qualifications and Experience:

Education:

  • Master’s degree/Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or another related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management;
  • Experience in humanitarian area is an asset;
  • 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.

Languages:

  • Fluent in French (reading, writing and speaking), working knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking).

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