UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA New York

Job Identification : 5894

Locations : New York, United States

Posting Date : 09/19/2022, 12:01 PM

Apply Before : 10/16/2022, 09:00 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : D1

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational : Rotational

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 15 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Vacancy Timeline : 4 Weeks

Job Category : Management

Job Description


The Branch Chief is the principal adviser in UNFPA providing authoritative advice and leadership for the positioning of UNFPA in population data, demographic trends and population policies in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ICPD Programme of Action. The Chief manages the work of the Branch on strengthening national population data systems; providing tools and guidelines on population and housing census, civil registration and geospatial data; conducting state of the art research on population dynamics and their implications for women’s reproductive health and rights, gender equality and overall development; megatrends such as ageing, low fertility and urbanization; and the modernization of population policies, as relevant to the needs of countries.

Within the Branch, the Chief has overall responsibility for strategic direction and the management of human and financial resources. The primary roles of the Branch Chief are:

  • Technical leadership and strategic direction in population and development;
  • Capacity development for countries on the generation and use of population data and research;
  • Networking and partnering with other UN institutions, civil society, academia and governments
  • Quality assurance on population data, SDGs, and related tools and guidelines
  • Resource mobilization and management

Major Activities/Expected Results

A. Policy and Technical Leadership and Strategic Direction

Support the Division Director in the strategic positioning of UNFPA in population and development research, thematic priorities and future directions, and technical guidance to countries.

  • Provide vision and leadership on the implications of population megatrends for the achievement of the ICPD Programme of Action, the 2030 Agenda and the mandate of UNFPA.
  • Provide quality technical guidance and advice to governments on demographic trends, and on the development of rights-based population policies that are timely, coherent and relevant to the needs of countries.
  • Conceptualize, coordinate and lead the development of new technical initiatives to increase the integration of geospatial and statistical data, the adoption of tools such as the UNFPA Population Data Portal, and the promotion of robust georeferenced population data systems for targeting those left behind, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, and achieving gender equality.
  • Assure the provision of timely technical support to countries for the implementation of the population and housing census, and expand the global reach and impact of the Centre of Excellence on CRVS Systems to improve the coverage and quality of civil registration and legal identity for all.
  • Support continued improvements in the production, quality and timeliness of Common Operational Data Sets on Population Statistics (COD-PS) and assure their availability to the humanitarian community.
  • Promote state-of-the-art approaches to data analytics that improve data in hard-to-reach or humanitarian and fragile settings, such as model-based population estimates, small area estimation, remote sensing, geospatial analysis and/or population vulnerability mapping.
  • Provide authoritative technical advice, guidance and support to UNFPA senior management, HQ Divisions and to UNFPA regional and country offices.
  • Represent UNFPA, and advocate for the vision and values of the ICPD plan of action, within UN policy dialogues, technical meetings and committees; with donors, programme countries, international agencies and institutions; and in global and regional development fora.
  • Oversee the annual preparation of UNFPA’s thematic reports of the UN Secretary General for the Commission on Population and Development, in alignment with the UN Population Division.
  • Support, in coordination with Resource Mobilization Branch (RMB), resource mobilization for the work of population and development, population data systems, and relevant technical issues.

B. Capacity Development

  • Establish and maintain partnerships that improve the capacity of global and regional institutions for advancing state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise in population and development.
  • Represent UNFPA within partnerships and collaborations at the global level, including the UN System, foundations, private sector and NGOs, to contribute to a network that facilitates access to financial and technical resources, broad-based knowledge management and knowledge sharing.
  • Strengthen the substantive capacity of UNFPA staff to select and apply sound population research and analytic approaches, identify and use optimal population and development data sources, and capitalize on georeferenced population data for effective programming.
  • Coordinate, plan and promote systems for routine communication with UNFPA population and development specialists and advisors in regional and country offices, assuring alignment in the identification of needs and skills gaps, priority investments in time and talent, and the coordinated support to countries.

C. Quality Assurance

  • Ensure the accuracy, consistency and coherence of technical and statistical content in population and development matters for global and regional communications;
  • Ensure the availability of new or updated global strategies, policies, indicators, tools and guidance for substantive quality assurance in the Branch’s areas of work and for thematic evaluations;
  • Ensure the quality assessment of the UNFPA technical delivery system in population and development.

D. Resources Management

  • Assume overall accountability for achieving the expected results of the Branch;
  • Develop, ensure approval, implement and monitor the Branch Office Management Plan;
  • Propose annual financial requirements for the work of the Branch and monitor the use of core and external resources to ensure sound financial management in compliance with UNFPA rules, regulations, and procedures;
  • Direct, manage and supervise the staff of the Branch;
  • Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; promote communication; encourage innovations; strengthen team-building through active participation and interaction at all levels; and, foster staff motivation, development and empowerment;
  • Appraise Branch staff performance; ensure training/orientation for staff; provide input to DHR on selection of Branch and Division staff candidates and provide technical input to the regions on the selection of Regional technical staff candidates in population and development and population data;
  • Promote an ethics-based approach in the Branch to management of human and financial resources;
  • Ensure that Audit recommendations applying to the Branch are implemented.

Carries out any other duties as may be required by the Division Director.

Work Relations

External partners include UN agencies, global organizations including centers of excellence, IGOs, NGOs, think tanks, academia, research institutions – establishing effective partnerships and building consensus for coordinated technical initiatives, building capacity, and coordinating technical networks in population and development and the strengthening of population data systems.

Internal partners include Programme and Regional Office Directors, Directors of other Divisions, Humanitarian Office staff, as well as regional, sub-regional and country office staff – promoting knowledge sharing and collaborative working relationships in all aspects of assigned activities and establishing and maintaining functional links for the exchange of lessons learned and documentation of success stories. The Chief promotes coordination and collaboration with the other Branches in TD; with the UNFPA technical network; with the Programme and Strategy Division, including the Humanitarian Office; with Regional Offices; and across UNFPA as a whole, ensuring the relevance and quality of the work of the Branch.



Post-graduate University Degree or equivalent (preferably Ph. D.) in demography, statistics, population studies, economics, or a related field in the quantitative social sciences that is relevant to population and development.

Knowledge and Experience:

15 years experience of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which at least 8 years has been at the international level

  • Job knowledge and technical expertise – the incumbent is expected to be an expert in the field and recognized authority in population and development methods, research and policy;
  • Experience supporting governments on population and/or development related policies is essential;
  • Understanding the human rights and gender dimensions of population policy is essential;
  • Technical expertise in at least one of the key components of modern population data systems (e.g. population and housing census, civil registration or geospatial data), is essential;
  • A record of quality research in demography, epidemiology, public health, or geospatial analysis, and demonstrated expertise in corresponding analytic methods, is essential;
  • Understanding how population dynamics can impact trends and operational challenges of sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning and gender equality, is an asset;
  • Understanding population linkages to climate change, poverty and global megatrends is an asset;
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams of high level experts to achieve demonstrable results is essential;
  • Field experience in developing countries is essential;
  • Extensive network within the academic and development community;
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English;
  • Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations;

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Other Desirable Skills: Initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment, strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.

Required Competencies:

Competencies Values –

  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN System
  • Embracing cultural diversity
  • 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

Managerial Competencies

  • Providing strategic focus
  • Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders
  • Leading, developing and empowering people/creating a culture of performance
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment

Functional Skill Sets:

  • Strategically positioning UNFPA Programmes
  • Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information
  • Providing a technical support system
  • Strengthening the programming capacity of Country Offices
  • Facilitating quality programmatic results
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

HOW TO APPLY : UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.

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 or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

UNFPA reserves the right to appoint prior to closing date.


No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5