mardi 22 septembre 2015

Call for candidates: Assistant representative. Deadline October 12, 2015


Organizational Location

The Assistant Representative is located in Country Offices (CO) and reports to the UNFPA Representative or Deputy Representative. S/he acts on behalf of the Representative/ Deputy Representative/ Country Director in his/her absence.

2.         Job Purpose

In Coordination with the Representative, the Assistant Representative designs, develops, and manages an innovative and responsive country programme. The Assistant Representative leads the programme team, inspiring it to translate the regional and country goals into specific solutions and results.

3.         Major Activities/Expected Results

·         Conducts substantive policy dialogue with Government counterparts and UN and other development partners to facilitate the incorporation of UNFPA’s programme priorities and ICPD agenda into national plans and strategies, UN systems initiatives and development frameworks (CCA, UNDAF, PRSPs, SWAPs, CAPs, MDG).

·         Translates global strategies into country specific advocacy strategies, creates and delivers effective evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA’s programme goals taking into account political and social sensitivities.

·         Promotes a results based approach and integrates innovative policies and strategies into the design and formulation of country programmes, sub-programmes and projects based on strategic priorities and responsive to the countries’ needs in the areas of reproductive health, population and development and gender.

·         Facilitates the achievement of programme results by identifying, providing and coordinating substantive and technical inputs into programme development and implementation, ensuring substantive monitoring and oversight and coordinating and evaluating the inputs of consultants and technical experts.

·         Promotes knowledge sharing and continuous learning, testing, linking and documenting innovative strategies, approaches, lessons learned and best practices inside and outside UNFPA and replicating these strategies and approaches. Ensures that programme staff integrates new substantive policies, methodologies and tools (RBM, gender concepts etc.).

·         Mobilizes co-financing resources for support to the country programme recommending a strategic approach and encouraging Country Office action. Assists the government and other executing agencies in the coordination of assistance for population programmes.

4.         Work Relations

The Assistant Representative advances the ICPD policy agenda in a politically sensitive environment responding to changing substantive priorities of Governments. The Assistant Representative facilitates and coordinates technical advisers and experts and promotes partnership, synergy and strategic alliances with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies and civil society. S/he contributes to UN systems coordination through participation in policy dialogue and provision of inputs into joint common system initiatives.

Internal contacts include the Representative, Deputy Representative, the CO’s programme/technical team, other divisions/branches at HQ, the RO and the SRO, and counterparts in other country offices. External contacts include other UN agencies in country, and counterparts and partners in Country programme activities, including international NGOs, experts etc.

5.         Job Requirements


Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

·         Minimum of 7 years, 10 years preferred of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management.
·         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 written and oral communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships.

·         Exemplifying integrity
·         Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
·         Embracing cultural diversity
·         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

Managerial Competencies:
·         Providing strategic focus
·         Engaging internal/ external partners and stakeholders
·         Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance
·         Making decisions and exercising judgment

Functional Skill Set:
·         Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
·         Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
·         Delivering results-based programme
·         Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization
·         Excellent computer skills


·         Excellent skills in written and spoken French and English.

Application :

       Curriculum Vitae with three references to be contacted.
       P11 United Nations Form
       Certified copy of diploma and certificates
       Motivation letter to be addressed to UNFPA Senegal Representative
Submission of application :

By Email or paper copy to

Cabinet Ecoafrique,
2 Avenue Hassan II x Albert Sarraut
BP 1029, Dakar, Sénégal
Email :   

Deadline : 12 October 2015

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