Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, D-2, Panama City

  • Level: D-2
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 12 Jun 2022 06:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Panama City, Panama

The Regional Director post is located in Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office and reports directly to the Deputy Executive Director - Programme.  The post provides leadership to the UNFPA regional, sub-regional and country offices in LAC, guides programming and represents UNFPA at regional level, be it in the multilateral forum or at the UN inter-agency level. The Region includes Regional and Country Office structures. The Director works closely with the deputy regional director to provide guidance to the regional team of technical and programme staff

How you can make a difference:

The Director ensures that the Regional Office fulfills its overall terms of reference through, inter alia,: leading the strategic positioning of UNFPA in the region;  bringing a regional perspective to  the organization’s overall work; advocating at the high policy level for political and financial support for the ICPD; leading the team  to ensure the relevance quality and effectiveness of integrated technical and programme support in the region; ensuring rapid and appropriate responses to humanitarian crises; and, assuming leadership and accountability for the management of Regional operations resources and strengthening country offices and UNCTs in an enhanced coordination for results-based delivery.

Key activities include:

  • Strategic leadership, vision and direction
  • Programme and human resources management and representation
  • Resource mobilization and communication
  • Transformational change and innovation

In all activities, the Regional Office Director ensures collaboration and coordination among the Headquarter Units including Evaluation and Office of Audit and Investigations ensuring the timeliness, adequacy, quality and relevance of the work of the Regional Office in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of UNFPA’s programmes and operations in the Region. S/he chairs the Regional Management Team and is a member of the United Nations Development group UNDG-LAC and the Executive Committee.

Our ideal candidate will have:


  • Advanced university degree (MA or MS) in one of the Social Sciences, including Public Health, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, Economics, International Development, Public Administration, Management or a related field.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which 10 years should be in the field of population and development at the international level, preferably with the UN;
  • 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.


  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written Spanish and English, knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

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