Knowledge Management Specialist, External Relations Unit, Humanitarian Response Division (HRD), Geneva, P-3 At United Nations Population Fund

The Position:

The Knowledge Management / Grants specialist is in the External Relations Unit of the Humanitarian Response Division (HRD) in Geneva. The post reports to the Head of the External Relations Unit and works in close relationship with other work streams of HRD, regional and field offices on reporting and knowledge management.

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:

The overall purpose of the Humanitarian Response Division (HRD) is to facilitate the delivery of the UNFPA mandate by leading emergency response and supporting humanitarian preparedness actions in increasingly complex humanitarian situations, within globally agreed frameworks (2030 Agenda, Grand Bargain Commitments, Sendai Framework, etc.). The ERD leads in leveraging and increasing effectiveness, efficiency, and capacity of UNFPA staff and partners to scale up UNFPA’s role as a key global humanitarian leader. Through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (IASC) and other associated entities, the ERD acts as a point of convergence on humanitarian activities, including policy, coordination, programming, advocacy, field capacity development, resource mobilization, innovation, partnerships, technical guidance and, crucially, thematic integration, ensuring complementarity between humanitarian and development action within the organization.

HRD advocates among humanitarian agencies to include sexual and reproductive health and rights needs and sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response needs and humanitarian concerns and specific needs of women, adolescents and young people into the overall humanitarian preparedness and response frameworks. The HRD facilitates the development of UNFPA capacities to prepare and respond to the emergencies and to ensure the Agency is well equipped to deal with the context of fragility and disaster risk reduction.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of the External Relations Unit, the Knowledge management / grants specialist supports the ERD in strengthening effective reporting on UNFPA’s emergency responses to donors and ensures harmonized and coherent approach to reporting HRD results. S/he will support work closely with other units in HRD, regional office, and CO’s in capturing of best practice and lessons learned on UNFPA’s humanitarian operations.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced University degree in public health, medicine, sociology, demography, gender, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, marketing, management, or another related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in management and development relevant to sexual and reproductive health, gender and population and development of which three at the international level.
  • Experience in Research, Results-Based Programme Development and Management to improve programme efficiency.
  • Substantive knowledge Management and research experience; knowledge and practical experience in knowledge management and strategic information management.
  • Experience in programme and/or technical assistance with the UN System and other international development organizations will be desirable.
  • Experience in the use technology for development, mobile based data collection, web-based integrated systems and training and capacity building and human centered design experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to explain complex ideas and findings in a way that can be easily understood.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other official UN languages an asset.

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July 2024