Consultant: Intergovernmental Analyst

Contract Type: Consultancy
Closing date: 21 September 2020 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: New York, USA

The consultant will support the Intergovernmental, Inter-agency Policy and Dialogue Branch (IIPDB) in the delivery of its mandate, and in the coordination and quality assurance of engagements related to intergovernmental meetings and events. The consultant will be integrated within the IIPDB team, and will support the duties of the Branch. IIPDB is part of the Programme and Strategy Division (PSD) in New York.

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’s person potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan 2018-2021, focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal death; to end unmet need for family planning; 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 and exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence.

Job Purpose:

Under the direct supervision of the Multilateral and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator of the Intergovernmental, Inter-agency and Policy Dialogue Branch (IIPDB/PSD), the consultant will support the Division in delivering its mandate mainly in strategic positioning of ICPD issues in intergovernmental
processes and support the follow-up and review of the ICPD Beyond 2014 Agenda.  The consultant will support the coordination and coverage of engagements related to intergovernmental meetings and events, provide reports and analysis, and support the development of strategies and policies to guide UNFPA's positions in inter-governmental coordination processes related to the ICPD, ICPD Beyond 2014 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

You Would Be Responsible for:

Support the Multilateral and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator of IIPDB in coordination and quality assurance of engagements related to intergovernmental meetings and events;

  • Follow intergovernmental processes related to the ICPD in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Third Committee of the UN, with particular focus on gender, human rights, health and humanitarian issues;
  • Prepare summary and analytical reports, briefing notes and background papers on the issues above;
  • Contribute to the development of policies, strategies and proposals for decision making in intergovernmental processes related to issues that take place in the ECOSOC and Third Committee;
  • Interact with UN Missions, the General Assembly, ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, monitor political risks and opportunities for enhancing the ICPD Beyond 2014 in intergovernmental processes and provide analysis on trends in the principal organs of the UN and their implications for UNFPA operations;
  • Represent UNFPA in intergovernmental processes, including as an observer in negotiations, supporting the promotion of the ICPD agenda and UNFPA positions and policies, in relevant intergovernmental negotiations;
  • Contribute to the contact database of delegates and officials for effective information flow;
  • Contribute to the creation of planning tables and calendars of key events;
  • Support the development of a new Environmental Scanning Architecture for UNFPA;
  • Support the development of an up-to-date database of resolutions and agreed language relevant to UNFPA’s advocacy efforts.
  • Contribute to the management of the knowledge management archive for the team and the development of IIPDB’s internal Community webpage.
  • Contribute to analyses of opportunities and ways to advance corporate goals through intergovernmental processes;
  • Assist in the preparation of background documentation and notes for senior management for meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to the calendar of events of key ongoing and upcoming inter-governmental and inter-Agency processes and ensure that relevant units of UNFPA are periodically informed and updated;
  • Contribute to periodic reporting and planning of the Office on activities related to her/his assignment;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Multilateral and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator and Chief of IIPDB.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong knowledge of the United Nations, its intergovernmental processes, the ICPD Agenda, population policies and dynamics, human rights, global health and gender equality an asset;
  • Strong inter-personal skills, strong public speaking skills; excellent speech writing and report writing skills required.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Diplomacy, Public Relations or Development Studies
  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of an additional UN language is an asset.

Required Competencies:


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity
  • Embracing change

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/advancing a policy oriented agenda;
  • External and internal relations and advocacy for resource mobilization;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness;
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information.

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

Compensation and Duration

This position offers an attractive remuneration, paid monthly, located in New York, USA, for a maximum period of 11 months


UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, embracing diversity in all its forms and integrity.  UNFPA is committed to maintaining a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourages women to apply.  UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fees in connection with the application on recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

How to apply

Please send your application and a short letter of motivation with "Consultant:  Intergovernmental Analyst" in the subject to Ms. Vanessa Gomes at, by 21 September 2020.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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