Special Assistant to Director, Humanitarian Office, Geneva, P-3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 11 Jul 2022 11:59 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

The Position:

The Special Assistant is posted in the Office of Director and reports to the Director of the Humanitarian Office. S/he provides management, operational, planning, monitoring and coordination support to all aspects of the work of the Division. 

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 Special Assistant will provide day-to-day operational support to the Director, acting as an interface with all units/branches within and outside the Division, timely and effectively supporting coordination, communication and collaboration, within the Division’s overall integrated, coherence and systems strengthening approach. The primary roles of the Special Assistant are:

  • Support planning, monitoring, tracking and following up of the work in the Division
  • Support monitoring performance and results against priorities of the Office of Director
  • Support provisions of technical and substantive inputs
  • Support internal and external coordination, communications, interactions and collaboration for the Director

Qualifications and Experience: 


Advanced University Degree or equivalent, in public health, social science, demography, management, public administration, international relations/development or a related field. 

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in international work
  • Experience in humanitarian work
  • Knowledge of IASC humanitarian architecture and working methods
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal, coordination and facilitation skills
  • Experience within the UN system


Fluency in English is required; knowledge of other official UN languages is an asset.  

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