The United Nations Population Fund, formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is a UN agency aimed at improving reproductive and maternal health worldwide. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
The Family Planning Specialist (FPA) is a leadership position in UNFPA; s/he will act as the senior most Specialist on family planning in UNFPA and will provide policy and strategic guidance and oversight across all the family planning projects, with particular attention to interventions under UNFPA Supplies, and will ensure linkages with all other relevant projects including related to maternal health, adolescent health and gender equality, working in close collaboration with concerned UNFPA staff.
The FPA will lead and manage the family planning programme including supply chain management (SCM) initiatives, especially related to last mile assurance (LMA) and will ensure that the strategies produce optimal results as per the UNFPA’s 8th Country Programme 2018-2022 and relevant bilateral agreements and are aligned with the National Health Sector Strategy (2016-2021) and the Nepal Costed Implementation Plan on Family Planning (2015-2020).
S/he will work in close collaboration with key stakeholders in particular the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), provincial and local health authorities, implementing partners, and the FP2020 partnerships in Nepal to advance family planning as a part of the sexual and reproductive programme. S/he will also work closely with the Logistics Management Section, MoHP to strengthen FP commodity management and SCM capacities in the country. The FPA will work under the supervision of the UNFPA Deputy Representative and will directly supervise other programme officers.
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.
The purpose of this position is to leverage the family planning programme in Nepal as a key strategy for reducing unmet need for family planning, maternal mortality and safeguarding reproductive rights. The FPA will be expected to provide policy and technical leadership and oversee the management of the family planning programme, including SCM initiatives; s/he will engage in policy and advocacy work and promote sustainability of the family planning programme through building strategic partnerships and engaging in health financing. S/he will support the implementing partners in capacity building and service delivery efforts and will contribute to strengthening coordination among the key family planning and SCM partners in the country.
Currently, UNFPA is implementing two major projects in family planning. They include (1) UNFPA Family Planning Project (UNFPP), funded by the UK government (DFID) and implemented at the national and sub-national level (due to end in December 2020); and (2) UNFPA Supplies, a global Trust Fund, which ensures a reliable supply of quality contraceptives and maternal health commodities and aims to build capacities for supply chain management and quality reproductive health services. Since 2013, Nepal has been a recipient country for UNFPA Supplies, with the goal of building an enabling environment for family planning and reproductive health commodity security (RHCS) through policy and advocacy work; improving access to quality family planning services; strengthening efficiency for procurement and supply of commodities; and strengthening capacity and systems for supply chain management. Both projects are implemented in close coordination with the three tiers of Government – Federal, Provincial and Local /Ministries and the respective divisions.
You would be responsible for:
Policy Engagement, Advocacy, Partnership and Resource Mobilization
Programme Management and Oversight
Education and Experience:
Knowledge and Skills:
UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applications to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.
A full job description of the position can be accessed at https://erecruit.partneragencies.org and only online applications using this link will be accepted.
Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at https://www.unfpa.org/resources/step-step-guide-applying-jobs-unfpa. 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 and AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. 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.