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NATIONAL POST: Regional Programme Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, NO-A

Rotation This post is non-rotational.

Closing date:   11 November 2020

  (5 pm, Ethiopia time)

Duration: One year (renewable)[i]

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Appointment Type: Fixed Term Appointment


[i] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5


Organizational Setting

The Regional Programme Officer assists in the analysis and assessment of relevant political, social and economic trends, guiding and facilitating the delivery of UNFPA’s programmes in Addis Ababa

Under the overall guidance of UNFPA Ethiopia Representative, you will report to the UNFPA Policy Advisor.

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:

Working within the Country Office (CO) environment and for the City of Addis Ababa, you will support the effective management and coordination of of UNFPA programmes in the areas of population and development, reproductive health and gender. Through analysis and assessment of political, social and economic trends, you will contribute to project formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks. 

You will assist in monitoring results achieved during implementation, guiding the appropriate application of systems and procedures, and developing enhancements as required. You will allocate 60% and 40% of your time to support Addis Ababa and Oromia Regions respectively.



Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

Ensuring appropriate monitoring and oversight mechanisms and systems are established and implemented at regional level

Analyzing and interpreting the political, social and economic environment relevant to UNFPA activities, and identifying opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.

Assessing implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution, and ensuring their integration.

Establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project inputs.

Assisting in implementing knowledge management strategies to capture lessons learned and best practices, sharing these with management for future planning supporting training needs of project personnel

Supporting the advocacy and resource mobilization strategy of the CO, by ensuring preparation of relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in related meetings and public events.

Creating nexus between development and humanitarian programmes to realize the triple nexus and durable solutions agenda

Ensuring appropriate participation of UNFPA in different regional forums and platforms involving donors, key Regional State institutions and  other development partners;

Supporting the organization in advocacy and policy dialogue at regional level;

Providing technical and operational support to the IPs in the region (Regional Sectoral Bureaus and NGOs) involved in the implementation of the programme;

Ensuring appropriate support to timely design of the Work Plans in line with UNFPA’s standards, procedures and policies;

Assisting the IPs in timely development and submission of requests for disbursement of funds to UNFPA Country Office;

Ensuring proper monitoring and implementation of the Work Plans, through regular exchanges with IPs and quality reporting, and programme reviews;

Assisting the regional counterparts in organizing timely programme monitoring and reviews, and proper reporting;

Advising the UNFPA-CO on any development at regional level that could affect positively or negatively the implementation of the Programme;

Providing support to the studies,  surveys or assessments, organized at regional level that are relevant to the programme implementation or monitoring;

Establishing a mechanism for proper communication between IPs at regional level and UNFPA-CO;

Establishing and maintaining effective collaborative relationships with counterparts at the regional levels, including development partners, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies (including UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes), international and national NGOs, private sector and academic institutions;

Promoting programme visibility at regional level;

Supporting the implementing partners in identifying bottlenecks and suggesting possible solutions, which affect programme implementation at regional/District levels in order to support the implementation of UNFPA funded programmes;

Provide all technical, operational and administrative support to the implementing partners to ensure appropriate and timely implementation and monitoring of the UNFPA funded programmes/projects;

Prepare comprehensive quarterly technical and financial reports describing implementation status of the various UNFPA programmes/projects;

Allocating about 40% of your rime and in consultation with the Oromia Regional Programme Coordinator, providing back up support to Oromia Region.

Perform other related duties as required by his supervisor and the Country Office.



Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in health, population, demography and/or other related social science discipline.

Knowledge and Experience:

Two years professional experience in the field of SRHR, Adolescent and Youth, Gender and population activities both in humanitarian and development activities, with experience in programme/ project management

Practical experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects

Experience using office software packages and web-based management systems.


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable.


Required Competencies


• 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



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.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary plus  health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


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