Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, D2

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

Regional Director, East and Southern Africa, D2

UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Position:

To lead our work in delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNFPA is seeking an individual for the Regional Director, East and Southern Africa (ESARO) position who, through leading the strategic positioning of UNFPA in the region, ensuring quality and effectiveness of programmes, technical support and rapid and appropriate response to humanitarian crises can make a positive difference in the lives of billions of people.

The post of Director, Regional Office, is located in the East and Southern Africa UNFPA Regional Office (ESARO), and reports directly to the Deputy Executive Director for Programme. The Director is a member of the Executive Committee, provides overall strategic vision, direction and leadership in the Region, and serves as the senior adviser within the Fund on all matters related to the Region.

S/he supervises the Regional Office, Sub-regional offices (as relevant), as well as the Country Representatives in the region.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Advanced degree (preferably PhD) in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which 10 years in the field of population and development at the international level;
  • Strong track record of leadership in development programmes;
  • Proven ability to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team of programme specialists to achieve demonstrable results;
  • Extensive network within the development community;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Field experience is essential.


  • Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, is desirable.

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