Programme Specialist - Youth, Humanitarian Office, P-3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 04 Apr 2019
  • Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

The Position:


The post is located in the Response &  Technical Support Unit  (RTSU), Humanitarian Office, Geneva. Under the oversight of the Team lead (the incumbent works with other specialists as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary technical team. Working closely with the Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist, the incumbent provides capacity support adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming in emergencies.


The overall purpose of the Humanitarian Office is to facilitate the delivery of the UNFPA mandate by supporting humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery actions in increasingly complex humanitarian situations, within globally agreed frameworks (2030 Agenda, Grand Bargain Commitments, Sendai Framework, etc.). The Humanitarian Office leads in leveraging and increasing effectiveness, efficiency and capacity of UNFPA staff and partners to scale up UNFPA’s role as a key global humanitarian actor. Through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (IASC) and other associated entities, the Humanitarian Office acts as a point of convergence on humanitarian activities, including policy, coordination, programming, advocacy, field capacity development, resource mobilization, innovation, partnerships, technical guidance and, crucially, thematic integration, ensuring complementarity between humanitarian and development action within the organization.


HO advocates among humanitarian agencies to include sexual and reproductive health and rights needs and sexual and gender-based violence prevention needs and humanitarian concerns of a population into the overall humanitarian preparedness and response frameworks. The HO facilitates the development of UNFPA capacities to prepare and respond to the emergencies and to ensure the fund is well equipped to deal with the context of fragility and disaster risk reduction.


The Programme Specialist (Youth) promotes adolescent and youth dimensions integration in sexual and reproductive health programming in emergencies and contribute to strengthening the organization-wide capacity for timely and effective response to humanitarian crises, particularly in scale-up countries. S/he coordinates efforts for improving the quality of humanitarian operational and system efficiencies for agile response in the field.


Qualification and Experience:




Advanced University Degree or equivalent in public health, sociology, development studies, health systems, health economics, Social Sciences, or other related fields.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in humanitarian programming in the field, part of which should be in health, sexual and reproductive health, youth, family planning, maternal health and/or population; prior experience in the UN system will be an asset; experience in training programme management needed;
  • Familiarity with IASC and other humanitarian coordination mechanisms, guiding principles and standards;
  • Experience needed in programme development and management and reporting;
  • Excellent command of English and French required;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, creativity, strong project management skills, a positive and outgoing personality, and ability to interact successfully with people of different backgrounds and cultures.



Fluency in English and French required; knowledge of another UN language will be an asset.





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