Programme Management and Oversight Specialist, Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal, P4

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 29 Sep 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Dakar

The Position:

The Programme Management and Oversight Specialist ensures proper resources management through prudent budget planning and allocation for WCARO and its Country Offices, with continuous preventative oversight for optimal results, transparency and accountability. S/he monitors and reports on their performance and results; and ensures quality assurance and compliance with corporate strategic plans, programming policies and procedures, and reporting requirements.

S/he contributes to the planning and implementation of thematic and other evaluation activities in the region, and within the framework of an enhanced integrated technical, operational and programmatic support to COs; coordinates WCARO response to requests for support from country offices and monitors their effective completion and results. S/he is responsible for the planning and smooth running of the annual NEX audits in WCARO and oversees the implementation of the audit recommendations for WCARO and COs in close coordination with the other Units and COs concerned for timely follow-up actions.

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 Programme Management and Oversight Specialist provides quality assurance to programmes and CO performance under the purview of WCARO; produces management information analysis to guide new policies, programmatic interventions, and/or any remedial actions required. S/he ensures that Cos are provided with rapid and effective GPS support services in the programming process to ensure that country programmes are implemented in the context of the ICPD Programme of Action and UNFPA Strategic Plan, national development processes, and the process of UN reform and in line with UNFPA policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, sociology, demography, gender, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Seven years of increasingly responsible professional experience in developmental work, of which five years must be at international level;
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in population, sexual and reproductive health, and gender programming;
  • Strong communications and writing skills in English and French;
  • Field experience is required;
  • Excellent knowledge of issues pertaining to multi-donors funding, related reporting systems, especially within the context of large fiduciary funds administered by the United Nations system;
  • Excellent knowledge of computer standard applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint);
  • Ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships;
  • Cultural sensitivity, inter-personal skills and ability to work smoothly under pressure;


  • Fluency in English is required and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region).

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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