Programme Specialist – GBV, FTA, P3, ASRO ( Cairo, Egypt), Cairo, Egypt At UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Job Identification : 12963

Locations : Cairo, Egypt

Posting Date : 08/10/2023, 02:31 PM

Apply Before : 09/10/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P3

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

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

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages

knowledge of Arabic and/or French is highly desirable

Job Category : Gender Equality & Human Rights

Job Description

The Position:

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The Programme Specialist post is located in the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) in Cairo, Egypt and works under the overall direction and leadership of the Deputy Regional Director and direct supervision of the Regional Advisor on Gender, Human Rights and Culture who provides overall direction and guidance. The incumbent maintains primary responsibility for provision of technical assistance and programme support to the regional programme and provides UNFPA country offices with regular support on programmatic and operational issues in the respective areas of responsibility.

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:

You would be responsible for:

A. Efficient management of the appropriate gender and human rights components of the UNFPA/ASRO regional program. This includes:

● Planning, implementation, management and monitoring of the thematic area components of the regional program;

● Identify and provide analysis advancing development and implementation of an integrated programming for the delivery of technical assistance and programme support in the region. This includes coordination with implementing partners and research institutions in development and humanitarian settings;

● Ensure that evidence-informed thinking and research on GBV prevention and response is integrated within the work of the regional/sub-regional offices and partnership networks;

Form strategic linkages between GBV policy and technical work with action to address global/regional megatrends including climate change, migration and the digital world;

● Substantially contribute and lead the implementation of priority UNFPA programmes to address GBV including the roll-out of the ‘Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence’;

● Coordinate provision of capacity building and technical support to NHRIs, COs and civil society organizations on the follow up to the Universal Periodic Review recommendations. ● Coordinate activities related to the 16 days of activism to combat violence against women and other relevant international days and campaigns.

● Contribute to various joint UN statements, policy briefs and reports on GBV and harmful practices.

B. Evidence and knowledge development, dissemination and application

● Play a key role in developing, coordinating, monitoring and further strengthening regional knowledge platform(s) for GBV prevention and response including those that facilitate evidence-informed country programming and evaluations;

● Collect, analyze and synthesize information/data and experience on GBV programme priorities to be used in regional and global advocacy and prepare white papers, briefing notes and other priority resources that can be used for evidence-based policy dialogues at regional and country levels;

● Coordinate analysis and synthesis of GBV trends, emerging needs and research findings in the region and beyond in order to produce new, cutting-edge technical knowledge;

C. Technical engagement, advocacy and partnership development

● Substantively engage on GBV related issues in the region and materially contribute to strengthening regional position to lead in GBV prevention and response through evidence-informed policy advocacy, knowledge generation and high-quality programming;

● As assigned participate as the focal point for inter-agency working groups in GBV and lead the coordination of inter-agency GBV work where needed;

Qualifications and Experience:

Education: Advanced university degree in gender studies, anthropology, feminist studies, public health, medicine, sociology, human rights, law, cultural studies, international development, or other field directly related to GBV prevention and response;

Knowledge and Experience:

  •  At least 5 years of increasingly responsible and demonstrable professional experience in development work.
  •  Knowledge and understanding of a Human Rights based approach essential;
  •  Extensive experience in gender mainstreaming and programming for women’s development;
  •  Experience in evidence informed policy advocacy for GBV prevention and response and development of national actions plans to address GBV Experience in addressing gender and social equity issues in Reproductive health and Population issues;
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of GBV Guiding Principles, survivor-centered approach, latest evidence, research, global guidelines and good practices on prevention and response to gender-based violence;


Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Arabic and/or French is highly desirable

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,

Functional Competencies:

  •  Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda;
  •  Delivering results based programmes; Generating,
  •  Managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information; Strengthening the programming capacity of Country Offices; Facilitating quality programme results;
  •  Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization.

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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