Regional Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Istanbul D2

  • Level: D-2
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 03 Jan 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Istanbul, Turkey

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UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, works in partnership with governments, the UN system, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilize the support and resources needed to achieve its mission to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled in development and humanitarian settings. UNFPA is a field-based and -focused organization, operating in 155 countries and territories, and employs 4,500 personnel globally. UNFPA mobilizes more than $1 billion a year to support programmes that protect the health and rights of women and girls.

The inter-related areas of UNFPA work are sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, adolescent and youth empowerment, and population data for development. The organization’s work is guided by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action and subsequent reviews, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Our strategic plan focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning and end gender-based violence and harmful practices, 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. All based on a foundation of high-quality population data, which is critical to help end the invisibility of those left furthest behind.

We are hiring

To lead our work in delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNFPA is seeking an individual for the Regional Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECARO) position who, through leading the strategic positioning of UNFPA in the region, ensuring quality and effectiveness of programmes, technical support and rapid and appropriate response to humanitarian crises can make a positive difference in the lives of billions of people. 

  • Do you have the experience and passion to lead in a dynamic, international, rights-based organization?
  • Can you advocate for the rights of young people and women to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and rights?
  • Are you a catalyst for change, action and innovation?

If your answer is ‘yes’, UNFPA invites you to apply for the position of:

Regional Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
at the D2 level

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How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this position, please visit the SRI link to fill out the application form with a copy of the most recent English version of your CV on or before 3 January 2022. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email All information will be held in strictest confidence, as we pride ourselves on our professional and confidential approach.

The Position:

The post of Director, Regional Office, is located in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia UNFPA Regional Office (EECARO), and reports directly to the Deputy Executive Director for Programme. The Director is a member of the Executive Committee, provides overall strategic vision, direction and leadership in the Region, and serves as the senior adviser within the Fund on all matters related to the Region. 

S/he supervises the Regional Office, Sub-regional offices (as relevant), as well as the Country Representatives in the region.   

Qualifications and Experience 

Advanced degree (preferably PhD) in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 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 programme specialists to achieve demonstrable results;Extensive network within the development community;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Field experience is essential.

Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, is desirable. 

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