Youth, Peace & Security Programme Specialist, Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal, P3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 14 Aug 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Dakar

The Position:

The Programme Specialist works in the West and Central Africa Regional Office of UNFPA, contributing to policy and programming efforts related to youth, peace and security in the West & Central Africa region. The Specialist will be engaged in inter-agency initiatives, joint programming efforts and will contribute actively to multi stakeholder partnerships with partners from the UN system, civil society, regional organizations and academic institutions.

The Specialist will report to the WCARO Gender Advisor, and will have a dual reporting line to the Youth, Peace and Security Technical Specialist in the Technical Division at Headquarters.

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 UNFPA’s West & Central Africa Regional Office, you will provide strategic and technical support on youth, peace and security at regional and country level. The Specialist will support peacebuilding programming efforts focused on adolescents, young people and women in countries of the West & Central Africa region, with a specific focus on the Sahel. The position will directly support UNFPA’s contribution to the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and the UN Support Plan for the Sahel.

Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Advance degree in social sciences or related fields, with specialized knowledge in the field of peace and security and/or humanitarian settings;

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of peace and security, and/or humanitarian issues, with a focus on young people;
  • Experience in programme/ project management including experience designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
  • Field experience is an asset; 
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds;


  • Fluency in English is required, and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region).

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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