UNFPA Programme Coordinator, (Ministry of Health) Jobs in Uganda

UNFPA Programme Coordinator, (Ministry of Health) Jobs in Uganda

The Position

  • You will be responsible for coordinating the UNFPA-supported Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ISRHR) programme activities at the Ministry of Health (MoH) reporting directly to the MoH Director of Curative Services and the UNFPA head of the ISRHR team/ Assistant Representative.

    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 other 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; who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them; and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

    Job Purpose:

  • The Ministry of Health is the main Implementing Partner (IP) for UNFPA, executing interventions under Maternal Health (MH), Family Planning (FP), HIV prevention, Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH), and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response streams. The Ministry currently receives from UNFPA over 2 Million United States Dollars (7.4 billion Uganda Shillings) annually.

  • Under the overall supervision of UNFPA Representative and direct supervision of the Assistant Representative and MoH Director of Curative Services, the SRHR Programme Coordinator will support MoH in coordinating, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of UNFPA-supported activities. S/he will ensure that the activities are implemented in line with UNFPA’s approach of ‘Delivering an Integrated Package of Rights’ and ascertain that their delivery is on track, and with utmost effective and efficiency. S/he will ensure that programmatic and financial reports are submitted to UNFPA on time and in accordance with UNFPA’s reporting rules and regulations. S/he will be the liaison person between UNFPA and MoH, working in concert with the UNFPA’s Implementing Partner (IP) Focal Point, Finance Focal Point, Finance Liaison Person for MoH and respective Fund Code Managers.

    Main Tasks & Responsibilities

    You would be responsible for:

  • Support coordination of UNFPA-supported activities under MH, FP, HIV preventions, AYSRH and GBV Prevention and Response to ensure that their implementation is harmonised under different MoH departments and divisions resulting into optimal programmatic effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Participate in UNFPA’s strategic and operational (annual) planning exercises for MoH to ensure that the Ministry’s SRHR priorities are given due consideration during the planning process and activities allocated to appropriate MoH departments and divisions.

  • Follow-up on disbursement of funds from UNFPA to MoH and from MoH to sub-grantees; on the requisitions from MoH staff to the Permanent Secretary to ensure timely approvals including provision of any pre-approval information/clarifications; and on implementation of UNFPA-supported activities to ensure that they are executed in a timely manner and according to UNFPA’s expectations.

  • Support respective MoH’s departments and divisions, and MoH’s sub-grantees to ensure timely submission of quality quarterly programmatic and financial reports.

  • Support the MoH-UNFPA Focal Person/Director of Curative Services and other relevant MoH staff to organize coordination/stakeholders’ meetings for UNFPA-supported SRHR
    activities/events including the quarterly and annual IP outcome/component review and planning meetings and ensure that meeting recommendations are implemented.

  • Support the MoH-UNFPA Focal Person/Director of Curative Services and other relevant MoH staff in coordinating development of implementation of national policies, strategic plans, guidelines and standards.

  • Support the MoH-UNFPA Focal Person/Director of Curative Services and other relevant MoH officials in preparing relevant managerial and technical documents including quarterly briefs to the Permanent Secretary on the progress made in implementing UNFPA-supported activities.

  • Continually update UNFPA management team and relevant staff on any emerging factors or events (including opportunities and challenges) at MoH that could impact on UNFPA’s programming and provide advisory support to UNFPA on how best to engage MoH in the quest to consolidate and/or expand UNFPA’s mandate.

  • Facilitate knowledge building and results-based change management, through identifying, synthesizing and documenting good practices and lessons learned on effective and efficient SRHR programming.

  • Support MoH in designing, testing and rolling out of innovative approaches/ interventions to ensure universal access to SRHR preventive, care and treatment services in the Country.

  • Participate in providing support supervision for UNFPA-supported activities and in developing and following up performance improvement remedial strategies/actions.

  • Support resource mobilization efforts (including identification of MoH priorities, conducting donor intelligence and proposal writing) for MH, FP, HIV prevention, AYSRH and GBV prevention and response.

  • Perform any other duties as assigned by MoH/UNFPA.

    Key Outcomes

    The following will be the corresponding expected outcomes:

  • Effective and efficient implementation of UNFPA-supported programme activities.

  • Quality and timely MoH annual work plans.

  • Timely implementation of UNFPA-supported programme activities.

  • Timely submission of quality quarterly programmatic and financial reports.

  • Coordination/ stakeholders’ meetings held and recommendations implemented.

  • National strategic plans implemented.

  • Managerial and technical documents/briefs prepared as required.

  • UNFPA’s mandate expanded/strengthened.

  • Goods practices and lessons learnt documented and used for improved programming.

  • Innovative approaches towards universal access to SRHR designed and rolled out.

  • Supportive supervision conducted with improved SRHR programming.

  • Increased resources for SRHR activities.

    Qualifications and Experience


  • Academic Requirements: Advanced degree in a medical or other related field.

  • Post-graduation qualifications in project management, monitoring and evaluation or other related fields is desirable.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • Five-years of professional experience in programming/ project management.

  • Extensive national working experience with increasing managerial responsibilities in the development arena and UNFPA mandate areas, particularly ISRHR.

  • Experience in leading/managing knowledge product development and dissemination.

  • Strong track record of leadership and management, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results.

  • Ability to build and motivate / lead cross-cutting teams to produce client-oriented results.

  • Computer skills: Proficiency in current office software applications.

  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills in English is essential.


  • 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; UNFPA Programme Coordinator, (Ministry of Health) Jobs in Uganda

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