Technical Specialist-Maternal and Reproductive Health, Freetown, Sierra Leone, P4

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 07 Jun 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Position:

The Maternal and Reproductive Health Technical Specialist leads the integration of SRHR in the broader national development plans and health sector strategies.  You will play a key role in providing programmatic and technical expertise in line with UNFPA’s policy and strategy in the field of maternal health and midwifery.

You will report to the Head of Programme.

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:

Working within a Country Office environment, you will coordinate and oversee all interventions aiming at improving maternal and reproductive health and tackling major related challenges at national level. 

You will foster strategic alliances and partnerships, and develop relationships, networks and coalitions with national stakeholders, organizations, institutions and associations. 

Qualifications and Experience: 


Master’s degree in public health, medicine, nursing and midwifery, social sciences, or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 7 years of relevant and increasingly responsible experience in managing RH or health programmes, of which at least 5 years national and/or international experience in advising on reproductive, maternal and new-born health, family planning, Adolescent SRH Technical knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated RH/MH 
  • Strong track record of technical leadership and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Prior experience working in multi-stakeholder environment including NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies;
  • Experience in public health programme management working on sensitive issues; 
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic planning skills.


Fluency in English.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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