UNDP National Post: Programme Specialist, Family Planning Jobs in Uganda

UNDP National Post: Programme Specialist, Family Planning Jobs in Uganda

The Position:

You will be responsible for leading the Family Planning Programme at UNFPA Uganda Country Office, reporting directly to the Programme Coordinator, SRH and Integration

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 strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030.

Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

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:

Family Planning is one of the key programmes for the Government of Uganda/UNFPA 9th Country Programme (2021-2025). The 2022-2025 UNFPA strategic plan, has Family Planning as one of the three key transformative results aiming at the reduction of unmet need for FP to zero (Transformative Result Number 2).

UNFPA Uganda Country is recognized by the Government of Uganda, Development Partners and other relevant stakeholders as the lead Agency in FP programming. Family Planning is therefore the core of UNFPA’s mandate within the Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights framework.

This is also in line with UNFPA’s mandate of delivering an ‘Integrated Package of Rights’ that includes Family Planning; Maternal Health; HIV Prevention; Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health; and prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence and other harmful practices.

You will therefore be a critical member of staff leading on the Family Planning Programme within UNFPA’s Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights framework, working closely with other relevant UNFPA staff and other stakeholders.

You will be responsible for the supporting the Government of Uganda, and other relevant partners, to increase demand for and access to Family Planning services including Family Planning commodities. Your contribution will be instrumental in ensuring the Government of Uganda attains the 2020 targets as enshrined in the National Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (FP-CIP).

You Would Be Responsible for:

  • Providing overall strategic leadership for the Family Planning programme, including Reproductive Health Commodity Security, in both development and humanitarian settings.

  • Providing leadership in mobilising resources for Family Planning activities including identification of Family Planning needs and
    appropriate potential donors; and development of proposals.

  • Providing leadership in monitoring, review and evaluation of FP programmes; and in developing response plans to consolidate any strengths and to address any identified gaps.

  • Supporting the Ministry of Health, districts and other relevant partners in development, implementation and monitoring of relevant policy and technical strategies including the district Family Planning Costed Implementation Plans.

  • Providing leadership in mainstreaming Family Planning into relevant Ministries, Agencies, Departments (MDAs) and Districts as part of the national and district strategic and operational plans and budget frameworks, and in line with the agenda for harnessing the Demographic Dividend.

  • Providing leadership in analysis of the political, social and economic environment that imparts on FP programmes and formulating appropriate policy and programmatic adjustments to harness any opportunities and mitigate any risks.

  • Providing leadership in establishing and maintaining partnerships with FP relevant stakeholders, networks, alliances and coalitions to ensure a collective effort towards FP Advocacy and Programming including engagement with and support to the Uganda Family Planning Consortium (UFPC).

  • Representing the Country Office in relevant national and sub-national Technical Working Groups (TWGs)/Fora to provide technical support and position UNFPA’s Family Planning mandate.

  • Stand-in for other Programme team members on selected functions as may be required.

  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership

    Key Outcomes

    The following will be the corresponding expected outcomes:

  • Strategies (with clear roadmap and approaches) on how to increase contraceptive prevalence rate (proportion of men and women using Family Planning).

  • Increased resources for Family Planning programming.

  • More appropriate, effective and efficient Family Planning Programmes.

  • District Family Planning Costed Implemented developed and implemented.

  • Family Planning mainstreamed into all government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and District plans and budgets.

  • Enabling policy, social and economic environment for Family Planning programming.

  • Enhanced partnership with Family Planning actors/stakeholders with accelerated efforts towards increased demand for and access to Family Planning services.

  • Increased representation in relevant meetings/fora with enhanced UNFPA’s influence among Government and relevant Family Planning stakeholders.

    Qualifications and Experience:


  • Advanced degree in Public health, health policy population, development, and/or other related field

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience in SRH/FP programming.

  • Experience working with the Ministry of Health and Local Government (districts) is desirable.

  • Excellent computer/information systems skills.

  • Understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA’s mandate, policies, operations and development topics within the Ugandan setting is an added advantage.


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

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP National Post: Programme Specialist, Family Planning Jobs in Uganda

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