- Advanced Degree in Public Health and/or other related field.
- Five years of progressively experience at sub-national level in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field preferably within the UN system.
- Excellent knowledge of the government system and its function.
Organizational Location and Job Purpose
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Development Coordinator, the SRH Programme Officer plays a technical support role with the Regional team in the UNFPA Sub-office.
S/He ensures technical quality of the regional and district programmes and project activities; confirms that district level project activities are coherent with the Country Programme Results Framework, Outcome Area 1; carries out research and data collection and facilitates the District Programme Specialists to conduct policy advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health (Outcome area 1) in the selected districts. S/He also establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues and to facilitate programme delivery.
Major Activities/Expected Results
- Provide technical guidance and strengthen capacity of district health institutions and other implementing partners for the delivery of a range of quality SRH services in line with the UNFPA Country Programme and UNFPA SRH policy guidance;
- Provide technical support to the district officers and apply specific capacity building tools and interventions in areas of UNFPA SRH mandate;
- Reviews district work plans and ensures the SRH components are consistent with the Country programme results and resources framework;
- Support district officers to identify disadvantaged groups and communities in the UNFPA districts; and design and develop programmes to improve their access to SRH services, including family planning services;
- Ensure technical quality of training activities through facilitative supervision and monitoring; jointly with government and partners, where feasible;
- Facilitate district actors in formulation of Emergency preparedness and Response Plan through cluster and other relevant approaches including MISP and updating of District Disaster Response Plan for its effective implementation during humanitarian situations.
Communication, Advocacy, and Knowledge Management
- Support behaviour change communication activities by providing inputs to and implementing specific and targeted IEC/BCC interventions on the range of SRH topics, including those appropriate for adolescents and youths, utilizing a range of innovative communication approaches to increase access to quality information on SRH;
- Attend / engage with district and regional coordination mechanisms to ensure effective coordination of partners on SRH programmes;
- Use data to facilitate policy dialogue at the district level for integration of ICPD POA, especially in the areas of health and population;
- Influence district level health plans and budgets through District RH Coordination Committee (DRHCC), DACC along with respective District Programme Officers;
- Support RDC and District Programme officers with ASRH related background information for advocacy and policy influence at regional and district levels;
- Create knowledge by assessing on-going programmes and projects, documents lessons learned, good practices and replicable strategies and actively share and apply this knowledge;
- Maintain productive and professional relations with other development agencies in region and districts;
- Support integration of SRH related programmes into Gender and Population interventions.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Prepare and implement a joint facilitative supervision and monitoring plan with IPs to ensure SRH services are implemented in line with national standards, protocols and guidelines;
- Support District Programme Officers/DDCs/DHOs in the development of a monitoring checklist and its implementation;
- Assist RDC in preparation of monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual monitoring reports, by preparing RH inputs for the reports developed from information received from District Programme Officers. Ensure that reporting on RH activities responds directly to the CP Results Framework;
- Analyze trends and recommend appropriate actions for improved effectiveness of the programme;
- Compile and share good practices from the districts on SRH;
- Explore, negotiate and materialize opportunities for programme collaboration; and
- Carry out/assist relevant assessment/ studies for better positioning of programme interventions.
The UNFPA Representative/Regional Development Coordinator may assign any additional responsibility that might be deemed appropriate for the implementation of UNFPA support in the district and region.
The SRH Programme Officer is the primary source of technical guidance to the District Programme Specialists and District level implementing partners. S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.
Other Internal contacts include the Regional Development Coordinator, the Representative, Deputy Representative, the CO’s programme/technical team. Other external contacts include other UN agencies in at the District and regional level as well as international NGOs, experts etc.
- Advanced degree in public health and/or other related field.
Knowledge and Experience:
- Five years of progressively experience at sub-national level in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field preferably within the UN system;
- Good analytical skills and ability to understand and adapt to complex socio-cultural backgrounds;
- Excellent knowledge of the government health system and its functions;
- Demonstrated leadership, facilitation and team working skills and ability to establish harmonious working relations with other UN agencies, I/NGOs and most importantly with the government of Nepal systems;
- Demonstrated capability of good understanding of technical cooperation in Sexual Reproductive health, Gender and population including humanitarian preparedness and response;
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages;
- Experience in health related data management, analysis and meaningful interpretation;
- Excellent command of oral and written English and Nepali are essential, knowledge of other local language will be value addition;
- Willingness and capability to station in remote district of Nepal and undertake duty travel in rural areas;
- Courtesy, tact and the ability to function in a multicultural work environment.
- Exemplifying integrity
- Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
- Embracing cultural diversity
- Embracing change
- Achieving results
- Being accountable
- Developing and applying professional expertise/ business acumen
- Thinking analytically and strategically
- Working in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationship
- Communicating for impact
Functional Skill Set:
- Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
- Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
- Delivering results-based programmes
- Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization
- Fluency in English and Nepali is required.