This position is open to Portuguese nationals only.
The applicants can be no more than 32 years of age.
Timor-Leste is a post-conflict state that has recently emerged as a lower middle-income country. It is the seventh most youthful populations in the world, with 42 percent of the population under the age of 15 and an additional 20 percent of the population aged 15 to 24. Timor-Leste had a human development index of 0.595 in 2014, ranking it 133 out of 185 countries/territories. This ranking is indicative of the many challenges Timor–Leste currently faces, particularly in the health, education and economic sectors. Timor-Leste has the highest maternal mortality ration, the highest unmet need for family planning and one of the highest rates of violence against women in Southeast Asia.
The Youth And HIV/AIDS Officer JPO post will be located in the UNFPA Timor-Leste office in Dili. The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Country Representative, with direct supervision by the Assistant Representative. S/he will also work in close collaboration with other UNFPA programme and operations staff members. UNFPA in Timor-Leste is in mid-cycle of its’ third five-year country programme (20015-19) [CP3] whose overall goal is to create an enabling environment for sexual and reproductive health, while strengthening capacities, targeting interventions for the underserved and addressing inequalities. The Country Programme focuses on capacity development of the Ministry of Health and relevant national institutions to avert maternal mortality, reduce the unmet need for family planning, and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. Increased priority is being given to programmes targeted to youth and increase the availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health. The institutional capacity of the General Directorate for Statistics and national institutions to plan, collect, process, analyze, and disseminate reliable and up-to-date data is being strengthened. Evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue continues to promote reproductive health and rights, empower young people and effectively respond to gender-based violence.
The 2015-19 UNDAF for Timor-Leste notes that the full potential and wellbeing of Timor-Leste can only be realized by continuously addressing the persisting and emerging challenges affecting youth. In alignment with the Government priorities, in the period 2015-2019, the UN supports the policy and development initiatives with direct or inclusive targets on youth in the areas of health, education, economic development, migration, labour and employment, peace and security policy development and gender. To coordinate actions, the inter-agency Youth Results Group (YRG) was created and benefits from the participation of 8 UN Agencies. UNFPA acts as its Chair and Secretariat. As such, it gives the YRG directions, supports joint activities, shapes joint programme implementation and builds capacities of its members to programme for young people. The Timor-Leste country office has 4 international and 11 national staff; and the JPO will be working with all staff in one capacity or the other.
Qualifications and Experience
- Postgraduate degree in social sciences or related fields with specialized knowledge in the field of reproductive health, public health, youth development, or adolescent health if possible
- At least 2 years of experience in project management, in the area of reproductive health or youth development if possible. Prior experience in developing countries is an asset.
- Fluency in Portuguese and English. Knowledge of Tetum and Bahassa Indonesia is an asset
- Ability to write clearly and concisely
- Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds