National Post : Head of Office Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe NOD

  • Level: NOD
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 15 Jun 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe

The Position:

The Head of Office leads a country team in the development and management of a Government-UNFPA country programme of cooperation in support of efforts to achieve UNFPA’s transformative results and the ICPD PoA, contributing to Agenda 2030 (or) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). S/he reports to the non-resident Country Director, who provides overall vision, strategic guidance, support and oversight for the implementation of UNFPA programmes in the country. 

Additionally, as a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the Head of Office has mutual accountability with the Resident Coordinator (RC) to whom s/he periodically reports on contributions and support for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and other inter-agency agreements of the UNCT.

The non-resident Country Director conducts the performance appraisal of the Head of the Office whilst seeking inputs from the RC on Head of Office’s contributions as a UNCT member.

Job Purpose:

The Head of Office is responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of UNFPA activities, and acts under delegated authority from the non-resident Country Director who maintains an overall accountability for the achievement of UNFPA strategic results in the country. 

S/he actively supports the RC/UNCT and strategically positions UNFPA’s work within the context of the UNSDCF development and implementation, which should inform the UNCT activities and composition, and the specific focus of UNFPA country programme. 

S/he is responsible for establishing a dialogue, promoting partnerships and strategic alliances with counterparts in government, UN system, multi/bilateral agencies, civil society, private-sector and other stakeholders in the country to develop and implement programmes that respond to national priorities and efforts to advance the ICPD Programme of Action and in support of the SDGs achievement. 

The Head of Office manages a team of technical, programme and operations personnel supporting country programme implementation, managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of high-quality results. S/he is accountable for ensuring a respectful, non-discriminatory, and nurturing working environment for all staff and personnel.

Qualifications and Experience: 


Advanced degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender Studies, 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 international development, preferably in the area of population and/or Reproductive Health, including programme design, 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 represent the organization and foster high-level strategic partnerships.
  • Experience in high-level advocacy and policy dialogue, as well as, Resource Mobilization and Partnership development
  • Ability to effectively influence partners to engage with UNFPA’s mandate. 
  • Interest in leading change in achieving national results towards the ICPD PoA and the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.

Compensation and Benefits:

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


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

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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