FAST-TRACK: Programme Specialist, Humanitarian-Development Nexus, Colombo, Sri Lanka, P-3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 31 Jan 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Position:

The Humanitarian-Development Nexus Programme Specialist plays an instrumental role in strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus approach across the UNFPA Sri Lanka Country Programme through a resilience building lens. You will also oversee the humanitarian preparedness and response for UNFPA Sri Lanka.

You will work closely with all programme staff at the Country Office and will liaise and collaborate with government partners, other UN agencies and various inter-agency working groups.

You will report directly to the UNFPA Country Representative.

 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.


Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Advanced university degree in economics, political science, public health, demography, sociology, gender, international relations, international development, management and/or related discipline.


Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of increasing professional experience in humanitarian and development nexus work;
  • Experience in programme/project management including designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential partners;
  • At two-year field experience;
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience of IASC humanitarian architecture;
  • Prior experience in the UN system is an asset;
  • Substantive experience with implementing SRH, Gender, A&Y and/or P&D programmes is desirable;
  • Experience in programme technical assistance with the UN system, INGOs and CSOs is an asset;


  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages will be an asset.

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