UNFPA Nepal

Programme Analyst, Family Planning

UNFPA Nepal

Programme Analyst, Family Planning

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is a voluntary-funded international organization with a presence in over 150 countries, including Nepal. UNFPA is guided by the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Its mission is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

The work of UNFPA is based on the premise that all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections. We focus on women and young people because these are groups whose ability to exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health is often compromised. Our work is informed by an understanding of population dynamics, human rights and cultural sensitivity.

UNFPA in Nepal

UNFPA support to Nepal began in 1971 and has evolved in response to the changing national contexts. The current 8th Country Programme (2018-2022) is in line with Sustainable Development Goals, ICPD Programme of Action, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Nepal and national priorities set by the Government of Nepal.   

UNFPA partners with the Government of Nepal, youth and women’s organizations and development partners to advance its mission. Under the 8th Country Programme and in line with its mandate, UNFPA Nepal is working around the following areas:

Sexual and reproductive health and rights: UNFPA is supporting national efforts in Nepal to improve the sexual and reproductive health of the most marginalized adolescent girls and women. The Fund is largely focusing on youth aged 15-24 and the most marginalized women addressing both the demand and supply sides of reproductive health services to improve access to information and services on maternal health, family planning, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Gender equality: UNFPA’s support to the Government of Nepal under this overarching theme seeks to ensure that vulnerable groups experience greater self-confidence, respect and dignity. We are building national capacity in the health sector to address gender-based violence (GBV), prevent child marriage and other harmful practices, and working to enhance the knowledge and capacity of men, women and communities to GBV.

Adolescents and youth: Investing in young people, especially the vulnerable and the marginalized, is a priority for UNFPA Nepal. The country has a large adolescent and youth population. Nepal is experiencing a demographic window of opportunity, a ‘youth bulge’. Nepali youth face several development challenges, including access to education, employment, gender inequality, child marriage, youth-friendly health services and adolescent pregnancy. Yet, with investments in their participation and leadership, young people can transform the social and economic fortunes of the country. UNFPA Nepal works with the government and partners to advocate for adolescents and youth’s rights and investments, including education, livelihood skills and health, including sexual and reproductive health.
 

Population dynamics: Population megatrends at the national and sub-national levels in Nepal continued rapid population growth, population aging, urbanization and migration — not only frame the entire development debate, they demand a reconsideration and re-conceptualization of what will be the main challenges for a new Nepal. Without an adequate understanding of how Nepal is changing from a demographic perspective, forward-looking planning and agenda setting will be of little value. Keeping this in mind, UNFPA Nepal is working with the government to ensure that national, sectoral and decentralized policies and plans address population dynamics and the interlinkages with gender equality, poverty reduction, the needs of young people, and reproductive health, including family planning.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is a voluntary-funded international organization with a presence in over 150 countries, including Nepal. UNFPA is guided by the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Its mission is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is …

Programme Analyst, Family Planning

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NATIONAL POST: Programme Analyst, Family Planning
Location: Janakpur and Dhangadhi (2 Positions)

Background Information

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VACANCY IS ONLY FOR NATIONALS OF NEPAL

Open Date: 3 June 2022 (Friday)
Closing Date: 23 June 2022 (Thursday) Nepal Time
Duration: One year (renewable) [i]
Duty Station: Janakpur and Dhangadhi

[i]No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff regulations 4.5

Job Purpose:

The purpose of the position is to advance the FP programme as a key strategy for improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes and safeguarding reproductive rights. S/he will manage the effective and timely implementation of the UNFPA supported family planning interventions at the provincial and local level in collaboration with the UNFPA team in Kathmandu. Currently, UNFPA is implementing FP and Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS) interventions at national and sub-national level through the UNFPA Supplies Partnership Thematic Trust Fund, UNFPA’s global flagship programme on family planning. These interventions are implemented in close coordination with the Government of Nepal/Ministry of Health and Population and its respective divisions.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

1. Provide policy advice and technical assistance for the effective delivery and sustainability of the FP projects at the provincial and local level:

  • Promote integration of FP into health sector, safe motherhood, sexual and reproductive health, policies and programmes as well as in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption policies and plans, at sub-national level;
  • Advocate for policies and measures that promote quality of care in FP service provision including better FP counseling and method mix and the sustainable financing;
  • Foster expansion of equitable access to high-quality FP products and services, with a focus on underserved and marginalized population groups;
  • Engage with the concerned units of the provincial and local government for inclusion of FP and RHCS in all relevant policies, plans and budgets, and contribute to health system strengthening including supply chain management (SCM) and related initiatives for increased accessibility to and utilization of FP services and commodities to reach “the last mile”;
  • Identify and support the preparation and implementation of the provincial FP Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) and disseminate FP and SCM standards, guidelines and materials to ensure their availability at relevant training and service delivery sites;
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of the UNFPA supported FP and RHCS interventions, including mobilizing technical support as needed and efficient use of financial resources;
  • Provide technical guidance and capacity building support to provincial and local level partners in health systems strengthening including supply chain management, demand forecasting, procurement planning and logistics management information systems to track FP commodities and avert stock-outs;
  • Promote systematic application of a human rights-based approach to the provision of FP services ensuring realization of rights of marginalized groups including young people, and address discriminatory gender and social norms and practices hindering utilization of FP.

2. Promote harmonization of FP and RHCS interventions through effective coordination and communication at the provincial and local level:

  • Extend UNFPA’s comparative advantage in FP and RHCS and leverage partnerships through supporting the convening role at the provincial and local level;
  • Participate in technical meetings and related forums at the subnational level and provide substantive inputs and support in the area of FP and RHCS.

3. Supervision and monitoring of the FP and RHCS programme:

  • Coordinate with the relevant provincial and local authorities and other stakeholders in the area of FP and RHCS to identify any information and knowledge gaps and facilitate relevant analysis, assessment and/or evaluations of the FP and RHCS activities;
  • Regularly monitor and undertake field missions to ensure timely implementation and quality outcome under the UNFPA Supplies workplan;
  • Facilitate capacity building on relevant M&E tools of the concerned IPs and provide supportive supervision and mentoring of relevant implementing partners;
  • In collaboration with the M&E team, review, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of FP and RHCS activities and provide recommendations for improvements.

Qualifications and Experience

Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree in Public Health, Social Science, Procurement, Supply Chain Management and/or other related fields.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • At least 2 years or more of professional experience with public health systems and managing health programmes with direct experience of planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes, preferably in the area of FP and RHCS;
  • Extensive knowledge of FP and Supply Chain Management: forecasting, warehousing, distribution, logistics information systems and e-LMIS.
  • Experience on health financing, and public procurement related to the health sector preferred.
  • Good analytical skills, ability to handle complexity, ability to work in diverse local contexts as well as effectively engage with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of working with Government and Non-Government partners at the national and sub- national level, with knowledge of decentralized health systems strengthening.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English and Nepali
  • Excellent written skills and ability to elaborate reports, document and disseminate good practices and programme successes required.

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