Assistant Representative [National Post]

Level: NOD
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 28 August 2017 - 5:00pm (New York time)
Duty station: Pretoria
Job ID: 11570

This post is open only to nationals of South Africa

  • Are you experienced in advancing a policy-oriented agenda?
  • Are population and development, reproductive health and gender your expertise?

If so, this might be the position for you!

About Us
UNFPA, the United Nations Populations Fund, 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.

How You Can Make a Difference
Since 1990, the rate of maternal deaths in Africa has almost halved. More women and men are better able to plan and space their children. Young people are more empowered in sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Yet there is still much to be done.

As Assistant Representative, you would substantively contribute to the management of UNFPA activities in the areas of population and development, reproductive health, with a special focus on Adolescents and Youth, as well gender. You facilitate and coordinate technical advisers and experts and promote partnerships, synergy and strategic alliances with counterparts in government, multilateral and bilateral agencies and civil society. You will contribute to UN systems coordination through participation in policy dialogue and provision of inputs into joint common system initiatives.

You Have
Your Education
Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related social science field.

Your Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and/or population activities, preferably in programme/project design, appraisal and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities and capacities.
  • Knowledge of relevant international and national policies, plans and programmes in the field of population and development, reproductive health and gender.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and programme coordination.
  • Excellent communication skills, including oral and written English.
  • Proficiency in current office software applications.
  • Strong advocacy, negotiation and mediation skills.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

South Africa
Population : 56.7 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 59%
Girls 69%