National Post - Assistant Representative, Brasilia, Brazil - Re-opened

Level: NOD
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 18 March 2018 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: Brasilia, Brazil
Job ID: 14138

UNFPA is reopening this vacancy. All candidates that have already applied do not need to reapply. All applications received to date will be considered.

Job Summary

The new UNFPA country programme for Brazil was approved by the Executive Board for a five-year period of 2017-2021 and covers 4 strategic areas: Sexual and Reproductive Health; Adolescents & Youth; Population Dynamics which includes South-South Cooperation in support of the ICPD agenda. The CPD is based on a total resource plan of USD 37.5m of which USD 4,5m regular resources and USD 33m to be mobilized.

At the same time, the UN in Brazil signed a new Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) covering the same 5-year period as the UNFPA CPD (2017-2021). UNFPA Brazil was nominated to coordinate the 1 of the 5 strategic areas, the People pillar. In addition, UNFPA is chairing the Government / Interagency working group on Youth and the Government / Interagency working group of HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, UNFPA is co-chairing the Brazilian Chapter of the Global Health Partnership - H6.

Since 2015 Brazil is undergoing a period of political and economic instability, which has significantly impacted UNFPA’s ability to mobilize resources from the Government to implement the Country Programme. In this context of declining core resources, UNFPA is obliged to move more decidedly than ever into the global multilateral arena of non-core resource mobilization. Beyond the corporate shift, this requires UNFPA at country office level to embrace a mode of engagement and a way of doing business internally, which departs from the traditional UNFPA operation. As such, various new internal processes as well as profiles need to be adapted, at programmatic, operational and communications levels. New frameworks as well as a new business culture need to be adopted. This poses several internal challenges the CO team must overcome in conjuncture with the external political, social and economic circumstances in Brazil.

The Assistant Representative (AR) is located in the Brazil Country Office (CO) and reports to the UNFPA Representative. S/he acts on behalf of the Representative in his/her absence. Under the guidance of the Representative, the central focus of the SAR performance is expected to be geared towards consolidating and further strengthening a relevant UNFPA presence in Brazil as a key ally in and for the Global South to achieve the strategic targets of the new UNFPA Strategic Plan to further the ICPD agenda in support of achieving the SDGs in 2030.


Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.


Knowledge and Experience:

·       7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management.

·       Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities/capacities.

·       Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships.


Fluency in English and Portuguese (working language). Working knowledge of Spanish is required.


We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Population : 212.4 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 80%
Girls 84%