UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA Senegal

Job Identification : 4896

Locations : Dakar, Senegal

Posting Date : 07/22/2022, 09:30 PM

Apply Before : 08/12/2022, 09:00 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P5

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 10 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages


Vacancy Timeline : 3 Weeks

Job Category : Humanitarian & Emergency Response

Job Description

The Position:

This position acts as the UNFPA regional Principal Lead Adviser for integrated technical and programmatic support on issues pertaining to family planning in West and Central Africa. The Regional Adviser works in an integrated manner with the technical and programme staff in the Regional Office and Country Offices covered by the WCA region and reports directly to the Deputy Regional Director under the overall guidance and leadership of the Regional Director.

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:

In the West and Central Africa Region, the Regional Family Planning Adviser will provide strategic technical and programmatic leadership to ensure that the UNFPA Regional Office (RO) in Dakar and Country Offices (COs) are well-equipped to provide evidence-based policy and programme advice for improving family planning for accelerating progress towards UNFPA’s three transformative results, the Sustainable Development Goals and the ICPD Programme of Action.

S/He will be primarily responsible fo r coordinating and managing the provision of high quality technical assistance and programme support to the countries of the region in the area of family planning and by strengthening health and health related delivery systems as well as demand generation .

S/he will lead on undertaking analyses of continental, regional, and country level trends pertaining to family planning advocacy and the effectiveness of the health and health related delivery systems for family planning, especially at the primary and secondary health care levels and in the context of universal health coverage. S/he will lead in facilitating and fostering innovative practices to initiate and further demand generation, especially at the individual and community level.

S/he will identify strategic actions, high impact practices, and will broker and leverage effective partnerships for accelerating progress towards UNFPA’s Transformative Results of improving health systems, community-based programming for family planning, and by firmly placing rights-based family planning within universal health coverage and national development frameworks and programmes as well as community based initiatives.

You would be responsible for:

To accelerate progress towards ending unmet need for family planning in the region, the main responsibilities of the Regional Adviser are to: support the implementation of the UNFPA Strategic Plan and the Family Planning Strategy in the region; strengthen UNFPA’s thought leadership by identifying evidence based policy and programmatic actions, in particular high impact practices, and new and effective delivery modalities for providing technical guidance and support; develop and maintain effective partnerships in the region; and, ensure that technical knowledge is generated, disseminated and used for enhancing technical and programmatic capacity and for undertaking evidence based policy advocacy for improving family planning programming and policies.

The regional adviser will work within an interdisciplinary team providing programme and technical support to the countries and institutions in the region. S/he works in an integrated manner with the technical, operations, programme and communications staff in the WCARO.

The adviser will also liaise with other UNFPA units (regional and HQ) and the UNFPA Technical Network, ensuring the timeliness, relevance, and quality of technical support in family planning including community based initiatives , SRHR and health system strengthening for UNFPA. The main tasks and responsibility of the regional adviser will include:

  • Strategic technical le adership, monitoring and oversight
  • Provide technical, policy and programmatic leadership, management advice and strategic support and guidance to the regional office and the countries supported by the regional office on issues pertaining to family planning along the continuum of the triple nexus – development, peace and humanitarian settings;
  • Strengthen UNFPA’s thought leadership and technical excellence by identifying and providing evidence-backed expert advice to improve policy and programme effectiveness in family planning integrated within a whole of health, well-being and life course approach;
  • Lead on policy and advocacy efforts for progressively situating rights-based family planning in country specific universal health coverage (UHC) and health system strengthening policies and programmes as well as community based programming initiatives;
  • Lead the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for the delivery of technical assistance, policy and programme support in the region, including strategies for programming and sustainably financing efforts with investment cases towards the attainment of ending unmet need for family planning in all settings in protracted humanitarian and transitional contexts;
  • Manage and oversee regional initiatives/programmes on family planning including the Muskoka Initiative and the H4+/H6 partnership. Further serve as the regional integrator, interlocutor and connector between the Thematic Trust Fund on Family Planning and/or other global programmes and initiatives and the Regional Programme/Initiatives in support of countries in the region;
  • Contribute to health system strengthening and community based initiatives in countries in the region by supporting WCA country offices with high quality technical advice to:

    • Enhance access to integrated, quality and wide range of family planning services for all persons;
    • Improve health sector workforce planning, development, deployment and retention to also include community based systems;
    • Improve readiness of health facility and community based health delivery systems for family planning;
    • Ensure the availability of wide range of contraceptive commodities;
    • Improve health information systems related to family planning;
    • Enhance governance and leadership for quality and equitable rights-based family planning information and services;
    • Cost and track budgets and financial flows towards family planning and sustainable innovative finance options;
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of regional and national strategies to accelerate efforts to end unmet need for family planning enhancing demand generation with behavior change programming and community based initiatives; strengthening planning, assessment and implementation of integrated family planning services; strengthening quality of family planning services with increased method mix and decreased discontinuation rates; and developing supportive rights based integrated family planning policies and financing in countries and in the region;
  • Identify and analyze trends, threats and risks to family planning demand generation and delivery systems that may affect the ICPD agenda and UNFPA’s work within the region and ensure that they are appropriately addressed at the regional and/or sub-regional levels;
  • Identify requirements for and contribute to the development of new or updated policies, positioning, frameworks, guidance, standards, instruments and tools in family planning;
  • Participate in the UNFPA technical network on family planning at regional and global levels, engaging in technical working groups as required by the UNFPA Headquarters (HQ/Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch in the Technical Division (TD) maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work;
  • Supervise, coach and manage junior professional staff and associates, direct expert consultants and facilitate working groups and task teams;
  • Work as a collaborative member of the SRHR team and with other regional technical and programme advisers;
  • Quality control of technical support and capacity development
  • Advise COs on the implementation and proper application of UNFPA policies, strategies, guidelines and tools in family planning in the region, ensuring consistency and coherence in addressing priorities for UNFPA;
  • Ensure that state-of-the-art thinking and research pertaining to family planning are integrated within the work of the region and sub-regional offices and partnership networks;
  • Analyze technical, programmatic and substantive reports from the field and recommend follow-up actions for improving access to integrated, rights-based family planning services including through private public partnerships and community based distribution systems;
  • Organize and contribute to regional and country level capacity development activities in family planning for demand generation, service delivery, financing and policy;
  • Ensure the identification of relevant research, innovation and sciences and disseminate appropriately and ensure regional adaptation of knowledge products (such as resource materials, manuals and tools) in family planning demand generation and service delivery and ensure their availability and promote their use;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a regional integrated technical delivery strategy to strengthen capacities in the region, and guide the implementation of this strategy for improving family planning;
  • Provide strategic technical guidance to promote and deepen integration of family planning into the essential SRHR package of services and information at every possible entry point and along a life course including adolescent and youth friendly SRHR services;
  • Provide technical support for innovative strategies for demand generation in low resource communities with traditionally low demand for family planning information and services;
  • Provide technical guidance for countries to advocate for full integration of family planning services into primary health care and UHC initiatives, ensuring that among others voluntary contraceptive services offering a wide range of quality-assured methods are available consistently across primary health services and community based systems and fully integrated into national health development processes;
  • Support the development of regional institutional capacities for delivering high-quality technical support in family planning including during humanitarian emergencies;
  • Monitor the quality of the technical support received at the country level, in family planning, for effective policy dialogue and programming, including at the community level for demand generation, community based distribution systems and innovative domestic financing;
  • Initiate, develop, strengthen and monitor substantive and intellectual regional partnerships in family planning including for South-South technical support to countries and for the implementation of the regional programme;
  • Contribute to providing guidance to COs to include South-South cooperation in the development of Country Programmes;
  • Engage actively in the development country programme development process contributing to the evaluation, assessment, prioritisation, strategic dialogue and other aspects of the UNSCF, CPD process; and
  • Liaise with respective counterparts in UNFPA HQ to identify opportunities for South-South cooperation in the region and with other regions for accelerating progress towards UNFPA’s Transformative Results, in particular ending unmet need for family planning;
  • Evidence and knowledge development and dissemination
  • Play a key role in building up, coordinating and monitoring the regional knowledge platform in family planning and competency while ensuring high impact practices and innovative approaches are explored, evaluated and scaled up for demand generation, service delivery and policy development and utilisation;
  • Contribute to developing a mechanism to share technical skills and knowledge within and among programme countries and/or other regions in family planning;
  • Coordinate development of accessible databases on innovation and high impact practices including those on family planning programming in humanitarian and transitional settings;
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize information/data and experience on programme priorities to be used in regional and global advocacy including documentation of UNFPA’s work on family planning demand generation and quality of care and reaching the most marginalized, geographically isolated, conflict impacted and left behind populations;

  • Lead the analysis and synthesis of substantive trends, emerging needs and research findings in the region in order to produce new, cutting-edge technical knowledge and ideas for innovative demand generation and service delivery models for family planning;
  • Prepare white papers, briefing, talking points, statements and materials for evidence-based policy dialogues at regional level, provide similar support at the request of the WCA regional leadership and WCA country offices;
  • Disseminate and promote the use of state-of-the-art technical knowledge, evidence, lessons learned, and success stories and ensure their use to improve the effectiveness of UNFPA operations. Advise on application of innovative approaches to address family planning needs of population in crisis and recovery settings;
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize information/data and experience on family planning to be used in regional and global advocacy and for resource mobilization;
  • Contribute to the advocacy efforts to end unmet need for family planning and the attainment of relevant SDG targets and indicators at the regional level;
  • Management and coordination of knowledge networks
  • Coordinate overall provision of technical support to the country offices in the region in family planning;
  • Develop and co-ordinate the substantive elements of partnerships and collaboration in family planning, with other UN agencies, including in the context of the Regional Collaboration Platform (RCP), UNDG, particularly with the regional technical arms of these agencies including the H4+/H6, as well as with regional institutions;
  • Identify sources of technical knowledge among institutions and consultants; and establish and maintain relationships with institutions and maintain a network of consultants in family planning in the region;
  • Technical representation
  • Represent UNFPA on issues pertaining to family planning in the region and elaborate UNFPA’s substantive regional and global perspectives in family planning;
  • Participate in policy dialogue, and advocate for family planning in international, inter-governmental, U.N., and other regional and sub regional policy and technical meetings and fora such as WAHO, ECOWAS, ECAS, AU including for adequate funding and financing by national governments;
  • Collaborate on substantive issues with UN agencies, academia, research and training institutions, think tanks, centers of excellence, professional societies in the region for accelerating progress towards UNFPA’s Transformative Results; and;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be requested by the Office of the Regional Director.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Advanced degree in health, medicine, family planning and/or Public Health, or other fields directly related to family planning, SRHR and health system strengthening;

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in family planning, SRHR, social and behavior change communication and health systems strengthening, of which seven years is at the international level;
  • Proven experience and good track record in a lead family planning role;
  • Understanding of areas relevant to UNFPA’s mandate such as family planning, contraceptive technology, sexual and reproductive health services, reproductive and/or gender-based violence, population dynamics, gender equality, social protection systems;
  • Demonstrated expertise in policy engagement within developing countries and Middle-Income Countries;
  • Established global and regional professional networks related to family planning, SRHR and health systems strengthening;
  • Strong track record of producing demonstrable results;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with national counterparts, academia, civil society organizations, private sector, and development partners including with UN agencies from the H4+/H6 as well as donors;
  • Country and Regional experience is required, ideally within the West and Central Africa region;


  • Fluency in English is required and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region).

Required Competencies:


  • 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,

Functional Competencies:

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

Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

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

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


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In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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