Special Assistant to Regional Director, LACRO, P-3

Level: P-3
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 15 June 2020 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: Panama City, Panama
Job ID: 30803

Job Summary

The Special Assistant reports directly to the Regional Director (RD); s/he works with both the RD and the Regional Deputy Director (RDD) by providing operational, planning, managerial, technical and coordination support to all aspects of the work of the Regional and Sub-regional Offices and outside the Region.

The Special Assistant will provide operational support to the Director acting as a key interface with all units within and outside the Regional Office.

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 new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced University degree (preferably an MBA) with specialization in management or a related subject in international development. 

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in developmental work
  • Strong analytical ability and professional experience in policy development
  • Basic research skills and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Good network within the academic and development community
  • Field experience is a strong asset

Other Desirable Skills:

  • Strong analytical capacity and professional experience in policy advice
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Good knowledge of UN reform and UNDG ExCom agencies
  • Fully conversant with computer-related applications
  • Familiarity with UN development programmes and working methods, particularly with UNFPA'S agenda, policies and programming procedures.


Fluency in English; with good working knowledge of French and/or Spanish. 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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Maternal Mortality Ratio
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Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
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Girls 66%