Under the supervision of the Midwifery Specialist, the Regional Midwifery Specialist will ensure effective and technical support, coordination, and oversight of UNFPA’s Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan for their specified region as part of UNFPA’s humanitarian programming and response in Afghanistan. The focus of the response is on RH and GBV, requiring close coordination with the respective CO teams and partnering UN Agencies.
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.
The Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan (STFA) was established on 20 October 2021 in response to the events of August 15th. The Fund serves as an inter-agency mechanism to enable donors to channel their resources and coordinate their support to the ABADEI Strategy and the UN joint programmes developed under it. The ABADEI Strategy has been designed as a response to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan upon a call of the UN Executive Committee Working Group for Afghanistan and is aligned with the United Nations Transitional Engagement Framework. It offers an integrated yet decentralized approach to programming for community resilience. It proposes an innovative, inclusive and highly agile approach, that puts people first, targets the most vulnerable and meets specific local needs.
UNFPA as a member is committed to delivering an integrated, multi-agency, nationwide response to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) needs. As part of this response UNFPA will have a 3 Regional Midwifery Specialist (one in each of our regional offices: Kandahar, Jalalabad, Herat).
The Regional Midwifery Specialist will be responsible for the technical implementation and coordination of the STFA project in their respective region.
S/he will work in close collaboration with humanitarian agencies (UN and international NGOs) and national partners and civil society organizations to implement the STFA scale up in the region. The Regional Midwifery Specialist will be responsible for the technical implementation of the project in the region and oversight of the midwives delivering the services.
Qualifications and Experience
Registered Midwife with an advanced university degree in health care sciences, public health, or other related field. PhD in related field preferred
Knowledge and Experience:
• At least 5 years of increasingly responsible professional and managerial experience in programme/ project management in the field of midwifery or maternal health, including at least 3 years in a developing country
• Prior experience of working in multi-stakeholder environment including NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies
• Willing to travel to remote parts of the country to monitor implementation of projects
• Ability to use Microsoft Office applications
Fluency in English is required; Knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset.
We are no longer accepting applications for this position.