Family Planning Specialist, Freetown At UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Job Identification : 10595

Locations : Freetown, Sierra Leone

Posting Date : 05/16/2023, 10:18 AM

Apply Before : 05/31/2023, 09:00 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : NOC

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Other Criteria

Master’s degree in public health, medicine, or other related fields

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages


Vacancy Timeline : 2 Weeks

Job Category : Sexual & Reproductive Health

Job Description

The Position:

The Family Planning Specialist coordinates project formulation, monitoring and evaluation, and joint programming initiatives for the effective management of UNFPA activities in the area of family planning. You will ensure coherence of those activities with agreed national and international family planning frameworks.

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 share knowledge and insights to facilitate quality country programme implementation, and advance the ICPD agenda through partnerships and national capacity strengthening, as well as approaches and initiatives in the area of family planning, in order to scale up family planning at country level.

You would be responsible for:

  •  Analyzing and interpreting the political, social and economic environment relevant to family planning and reproductive health to identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention;
  •  Contributing substantially to national and development partners’ coordination mechanisms with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS);
  •  Monitoring and evaluating programme and project progress in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools;
  •  Identifying constraints and resource deficiencies and recommending corrective action;
  •  Monitoring project expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and targeted delivery levels;
  •  Ensuring integration of related UNFPA programme components (ASRH, SRH and RHCS) interventions within the MoHS;
  •  Expediting and coordinating project implementation through the establishment of collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies, as to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project inputs and address training needs of project personnel;
  •  Providing technical inputs to the government and partners engaged in the delivery of the national Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2017-2021 (RMNCAH);
  •  Supporting the implementation of the Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (CIP 2018-2022) in order to scale up family planning at national level through the provision of technical inputs during the implementation process;
  •  Creating and documenting knowledge about current and emerging reproductive health and family planning trends and sharing these with staff of the country office and of the MoHS;

Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree in public health, medicine, or other related fields

Knowledge and Experience:

  •  Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience with strong technical knowledge in the management of FP/SRH programmes;
  •  Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of programme objectives to national priorities and capacities;
  •  Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results;
  •  Extensive knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated Reproductive health programming;
  •  Demonstrated ability to work with governments, network within the academic and development community.



Required Competencies:


  •  Exemplifying integrity,
  •  Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  •  Embracing cultural diversity,
  •  Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  •  Achieving results,
  •  Being accountable,
  •  Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  •  Thinking analytically and strategically,
  •  Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  •  Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

  •  Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  •  Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  •  Delivering results-based programme
  •  Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

  •  Providing strategic focus,
  •  Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders,
  •  Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance
  •  Making decisions and exercising judgment

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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