United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA Surge Roster recruitment - Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Last update: Apr 15, 2024 Last update: Apr 15, 2024


Deadline: Apr 23, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Africa, Asia, Europe Non EU 27, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
Job type:Contract, 4 to 12 months
English English
Work experience:Min 5 years
Date posted: Apr 15, 2024


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UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

We promote gender equality and empower women, girls, and young people to take control of their bodies and their futures. We work with partners in more than 150 countries to provide access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services. Our goal is ending unmet need for family planning, preventable maternal death, and gender-based violence and harmful practices including child marriage and female genital mutilation by 2030.

Surge is the rapid scale up of humanitarian professionals and resources in emergency settings. Over the last few years, UNFPA has become very active in surging qualified personnel due to growing humanitarian needs. These needs are met by using UNFPA’s Surge Response Roster, a staffing modality that provides technical experts to surge.

Selected candidates will be added to UNFPA’s Surge Response Roster and contacted for any job opportunities that meet their profile.

What We Offer:

  • The opportunity to make a direct impact during humanitarian emergencies, protecting the health and rights of women and girls.
  • Deployment for short term (3 to 6 months) surge missions as part of UNFPA humanitarian response.
  • A platform to utilize your expertise in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Experts selected for the roster will be deployed for emergencies to:

  • Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in crises, recovery and post crisis situations;
  • Facilitate the procurement and delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment;
  • Orient on SRH related issues (including reproductive, maternal and new-born health, family planning information and services, STIs and HIV prevention, care and treatment, and care for survivors of sexual violence).
  • Ensure meaningful inter-agency coordination (including leading a SRH working group under the health cluster when the cluster system is activated) and other tasks

What are we looking for:

  • Compassionate and committed individuals with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with clinical degree (e.g.: medicine, midwifery, nursing)
  • Advanced university degree in Public Health or relevant Social Sciences are strongly preferred.
  • 5+ years experience in SRH program development and management and preferably in an emergency context (eg: implementation of the MISP).
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response.
  • Ability to develop and coordinate integrated SRH programs that target adolescent refugees, IDPs/returnees and their host communities.
  • Fluency in English is required; additional language skills are a strong advantage.

How You'll Be Assessed?

  • Resume & Application Review: Our vetting committee will examine your resume, application, and supporting paragraph to determine if your experience and skills align with UNFPA's surge needs.
  • Technical & Soft Skills Assessment: You may be asked to complete a technical assessment tailored to SRH area of expertise to evaluate your knowledge and problem-solving abilities. You may also have to answer questions relating to soft skills.
  • Video Interview: Candidate may be invited to a recorded video interview where you'll answer questions covering both technical and behavioral aspects relevant to humanitarian work.
  • Reference Checks: As a final step, we may request your professional references to gain further insights into your work ethic, performance under pressure, and suitability for surge deployments.

We look at the whole picture, considering your technical and soft skills, adaptability, commitment to UNFPA's mission, and potential to successfully contribute in crisis settings.

Selected candidates will be added to UNFPA’s Surge Response Roster and contacted for any opportunities that meet their profile.