The post of Technical Specialist, Demographic Dividends, Resilience and Policy is located within the Population and Development Branch of the Technical Division, HQ. The incumbent will work closely with the UNFPA Reference Group on Demographic Dividends, Resilience and Policy, including Regional Advisors on Population and Development, Development Economics, and Population Ageing, and reports to the Chief of Population and Development Branch.
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.
Qualifications and Experience:
Advanced university degree or equivalent in the quantitative social sciences, such as demography, economics, sociology, statistics, governance and policy sciences, public health epidemiology, or related discipline. Work undertaken in the graduate or post-graduate degree should be directly related to the substantive areas required for this post.
Knowledge and Experience:
- 5 years of experience working with a wide range of national and international data sources and databases, including those focused on demographic data (e.g., censes, civil registries, vital statistics, DHS, MICS); health data (HMIS, DHS, SPA or SARA surveys, etc); and/or labour and economic data (e.g., ILO, World Bank, IMF, UNSD);
- Strong competency in data analysis and data visualization using statistical software packages (e.g., R, STATA or SPSS); familiarity with geospatial data in an asset;
- Experience with policy dialogues and similar events across sectors, including with UN agencies, academics and/or with local or national governments;
- Background in the translation of evidence and analysis into policy recommendations, policy briefs, key messages and talking points;
- Strong skills in report writing, communications and presentation to diverse, technical and non-technical audiences;
- Experience in managing projects from conception to implementation;
- Strong interpersonal communication skills;
- Familiarity with the UN system is desirable.
Other Desirable Skills:
- Initiative, good conceptual abilities, sound judgment, strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.
Fluency in English is required; working knowledge of French, Spanish and/or another UN official language desirable.
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