NATIONAL POST: Programme Specialist, Freetown, Sierra Leone, NOC

  • Level: NOC
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 02 Dec 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Position:

The Maternal Health Specialist will support the implementation of UNFPA’s interventions aimed at reducing preventable maternal deaths in Sierra Leone, and will work under overall guidance of the Deputy Representative and the direct supervision of the Head of the Maternal Health Unit.

S/he will substantively contribute to the effective management of UNFPA programmes in support of national efforts to strengthen integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and reducing preventable maternal mortality, with specific focus on emergency obstetric care, maternal death surveillance and response, obstetric fistula management and midwifery services support. S/he will support initiatives and provide technical support in key areas of results-based programme and project management of UNFPA’s SRHR programme and projects.

The Maternal Health Specialist will support the establishment of partnership, synergy and strategic alliances with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, civil society organisations, academia, and professional bodies, to address emerging issues and to facilitate program delivery. S/he will also contribute to the UN system coordination through participation in policy dialogue and advocacy initiatives as well as support for capacity development, service delivery and knowledge management efforts.

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 new strategic plan (2022 - 2025), focuses on three transformative results of accelerating the reduction of preventable maternal deaths; unmet need for family planning; and 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, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Master’s degree in public health, medicine, nursing, midwifery or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience with strong technical knowledge in the management of SRH programmes including but not limited to Family Planning, maternal health, adolescent health, human resource for health, HIV, SGBV.  
  • Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of programme objectives to national priorities and capacities;
  • Demonstrable experience in results based programming
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results;
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated reproductive health programming;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with governments, network within the academic and development community.
  • Understanding of Human Rights dimensions of SRHR is an asset


  • Proficiency in English

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.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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