Programme Adviser/Coordinator, WCARO, Dakar, Senegal, P-5

  • Level: P-5
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 28 Oct 2021 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Dakar, Senegal

The Position:

The Programme Adviser post is located in Dakar Regional Office and reports directly to the Deputy Regional Director who provides overall leadership. S/He is the principal programme adviser in the Regional Office, providing country offices with guidance, assistance and support on all programming and policy issues. The Programme Adviser is part of a team, accountable for integrated programme and technical support within a system-strengthening approach which is fundamental to UNFPA’s overall strategy.

The Programme Adviser/Coordinator provides strategic programming and policy support to ensure that the Fund’s programmes policies and external relations in the region are firmly placed in the context of: the ICPD Programme of Action; national development processes and frameworks; the continental agenda, the global development agenda; the achievement of the MDGs; and the process of UN reform.

Key results of Programme Adviser include:

  • Establishment and Coordination of key networks.
  • Policy dialogue
  • Focal point with HQ on UN affairs, policy external relations and resource mobilization related matters
  • Region-wide advisory services

The Programme Advisor is the focal point for specific aspects of UNFPA’s policy, advocacy   issues as well as has his/her own portfolio in liaison with the RO/SROs. The Programme Adviser also provides management advice, as related to the job’s activities.

Qualifications and Experience:



  • Advanced University Degree or equivalent in public health, medicine, sociology, demography, gender, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in development programmes, of which seven years at the international level.
  • 10 years progressively responsible national and international professional experience in sexual and reproductive health, population and development, gender, advocacy, management and evaluation.
  • Strong track record of leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender.
  • Extensive network within the development community.
  • Experience in programme and/or technical assistance with the UN System
  • UN inter-agency experience in a strong asset.
  • Familiarity with ICT/ERP and other management and monitoring tools is an asset.
  • Field experience is required.


  • Fluency in English required.
  • French language skills an advantage.

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