UNFPA Programme Specialist - Programme Delivery and Coordination Jobs in Uganda

UNFPA Programme Specialist - Programme Delivery and Coordination Jobs in Uganda

The Position

  • The Programme Specialist, Programme Delivery and Coordination, will substantively contribute to the UNFPA implementation, coordination and monitoring of programme activities across the West Nile sub region in the areas of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), gender and population issues in both humanitarian and development settings.

  • The Programme Specialist will provide overall coordination and technical support to the district local government, local development partners and implementing partners to ensure optimal programme implementation, effective use of resources, quality tracking of results, adequate coordination, advocacy for policy change and clear communication of UNFPA mandate, work and results in the region across humanitarian and development settings.

  • S/he will work under the overall guidance of the Representative and will be directly supervised by the Programme Specialist on Programme delivery and coordination in Kampala.

    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

  • Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist on Programme delivery and Coordination in Kampala, the Programme Specialist in Arua substantively contributes to the effective delivery of an integrated package of rights (SRHR/GBV/HIV) in West Nile sub region of Uganda.

  • The Programme Specialist will be overall responsible for UNFPA programme development, implementation, results monitoring, knowledge management, coordination and policy advocacy in the area of SRHR, GBV and gender equality in West Nile sub region.

  • S/he will work to keep the issues of SRHR high on the agenda of Local Government/s and of the Local Development Partners, optimize the allocation of resources, create synergies, influence policies and improve consistency and effectiveness of UNFPA’s work in the region within a framework of integrated delivery of a SRHR/GBV/HIV rights package.

    Main Tasks & Responsibilities

    You would be responsible for:

  • In collaboration with Government counterparts, CSOs and other partners, overseeing the design and implementation of UNFPA programmes in the West Nile sub region, aligning with Government priorities and UNFPA programmes, policies and procedures.

  • Overseeing achievement of programme results by ensuring that monitoring and oversight mechanisms are established and implemented.

  • Establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships with strategic partners, DLG, development partners, UN agencies and implementing partners and other duty bearers in the Region to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of programmes

  • Contributing to effective coordination related to SRHR/GBV/HIV and gender equality in the region by being actively involved in key coordination meetings at district and regional levels.

  • This includes participating in relevant humanitarian meetings, including settlement coordination meetings etc.

  • Providing high level technical support to partners when needed, including supporting capacity building of district local governments and local partners to generate, analyse and utilize quality data for evidence-based decision making, policy and program formulation, monitoring and evaluation in support of integrated district-level development and humanitarian response.

  • Reviewing the political, social and economic environment relevant to UNFPA programme activities in the West Nile Region, and pursuing opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.

  • This includes promoting UNFPA’s mandate areas in district development planning and budgeting processes in the Region, and policies at regional and national

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

  • Provides technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address SRHR, GBV and broader gender issues at the regional level.

  • Ensuring effective knowledge management strategies are implemented by the programme team, capturing lessons learned and best practices for future planning; addressing training needs of partners and staff.

  • Actively promoting and supporting UN Reform/delivering as one initiatives and the UN Area Coordination in the region to strengthen coordination, coherence and efficiency of the programmes

  • Providing administrative oversight including ensuring awareness and adherence to all organizational policies (audit guidelines and recommendation, travel, vehicle, procurement, human resources, security, etc) of Arua district office and represent UNFPA in compound and area security coordination.

  • Ensure organizational equipment and assets are maintained and used in accordance with UNFPA policies and business practice.

  • Directly supervise UNFPA Programme analysts/coordinators based in West Nile sub region (currently 3)

  • Liaising with the Operations Manager and the Programme Delivery and Coordination specialist to strengthen Country Office support to field based offices and staff

  • Facilitating professional development of staff and promote their safety and well-being

    Qualifications and Experience


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

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities; Significant work experience in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is preferred. Specialized knowledge and experience within Health Systems Strengthening and integrated SRHR/GBV/HIV approaches will be desired;

  • Experience in programme/ project management including experience in large multi-sector programmes;

  • Experience in implementing legislation;

  • Field experience is an asset;

  • Prior experience in the UN system is an asset.


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

  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

    Managerial Competencies

  • Providing strategic focus,

  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders,

  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance

  • Making decisions and exercising judgment

    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.


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    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNFPA Programme Specialist - Programme Delivery and Coordination Jobs in Uganda

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