Programme Adviser, Secretariat of UNFPA Initiative for People of African Descent, Policy and Strategy Division (PSD), New York, P-5

  • Level: P-5
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 10 Feb 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York, USA

The Position:

Reporting to the Director of the Policy and Strategy Division (PSD), New York, the incumbent is responsible for facilitating development of UNFPA’s strategic positioning in the implementation of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (Resolution 68/237). S/he manages a team that facilitates the working of the group and supports implementation of its initiative.

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.

Job Purpose:

The primary responsibility of the Adviser is:

  • Coordinate UNFPA’s engagements in the work of the International Decade for People of African Descent across the organizational business units; country, regional and liaison offices, including through participation in  the work of the internal Inter-Divisional Working Groups on Leave No One Behind  and the Sustainable Development Goals Decade of Action.
  • Advise on strategic and institutional positioning of UNFPA in the area of People of African Descent. Lead overall organization coherence on work related to the implementation of the Programme of Work of the International Decade for People of African Descent.
  • Lead overall engagement with UN anti-racism architecture and the strengthening of partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications and Experience: 


Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Diplomacy, Public Relations or Development Studies.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 10 years of relevant and increasingly responsible professional and managerial experience in development and multilateral affairs at the global, regional, and international level;
  • Strong knowledge of programme of Decade of People of African Descent, human rights, global health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment;
  • Relevant professional experience in coordination in any UN system agency or organization is an asset;
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical and strategic positioning skills.
  • Strong public speaking skills are an added advantage.

Other Desirable Skills:

  • Performance Management


Proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional UN official language is an asset.

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