Re-opening: Deputy Regional Director, LAC

  • Level: D-1
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 24 Nov 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Panama City, Panama

This job opening has been re-opened for an additional week. Candidates who have previously submitted their application need not re-apply.

The Position:

The Deputy Regional Director post is located in the UNFPA Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office and reports directly to the Regional Director.  The post supports the Director in terms of the day-to-day leadership, programming and representation of the Office. The Region includes Regional, Sub-Regional Support, Area and Country Office structures. The Deputy provides leadership and guidance to the regional team of technical and programme staff and provides leadership to the RO in the absence of the Regional Director.

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 Deputy Regional Director has primary responsibility for the following key objectives, which impact on all technical and programme operations across the Region of assignment:

  • Advisory and strategic support to the Regional Director and Regional office
  • Leadership of and guidance to the technical and programme team
  • Oversight of the management of the regional programme
  • Representation and Liaison

The Deputy Regional Director is a member of the Regional Director and Deputy Directors Team as well as of the Regional Management Team.  S/He leads the regional office in the absence of the Regional Director.

You would be responsible for:

A.  Leadership –Supports the Regional Director in the management of the Regional Ooffice, in close collaboration with the Operations Manager; provides leadership to the RO in the absence of the Regional Director:

B.  Operational – Oversees the management of the regional programme, ensures the coherence of all programme activities in the Region with corporate priorities and ensures the integration of results based management in all programme activities:

C.  Management of resources –Provides leadership and guidance to the technical and programme team, and, with support from the Regional Team Coordinator, ensures integrated, adequate, quality and timely support to the country offices:

D.  Representation – In close coordination with the Director, ensures the Region is represented as one voice: 

Qualifications and Experience: 


Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, including Public Health, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, Economics, International Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, Management or related field.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which 10 years in the field of population and development at the international level;

  • Strong track record of leadership in development programmes;

  • Proven ability to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team of technical and programme specialists to achieve demonstrable results;

  • Extensive network within the development community;

  • Field experience is essential


  • Fluency in English and Spanish required. Knowledge of Portuguese, French and/or Dutch would be considered an advantage.

For more information please click the link below to apply. Please submit your application by 17.00 hrs NY local time on 24 November. 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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