UNFPA - JPO, Programme Analyst, Health Economics
A. General Information
Title: Junior Professional Officer, Programme Analyst, Health Economics
Main sector of assignment: Health, Adolescent & Youth, Results-Based Management
Country and Duty Station: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Duration of assignment: 2-year fixed-term appointment
Please note that for participants of the JPO-Programme two years work experience are mandatory!
The UNFPA Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is intended to provide on-the-job training for young professionals who wish to obtain practical experience in development assistance. It gives them an opportunity to acquire professional knowledge in population projects in a developing country.
Title of Supervisor: Chief of Health
Content and methodology of supervision:
The JPO will report to the Chief of Health who leads the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Unit of UNFPA Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), as well as the JPO Focal Point at the UNFPA Headquarters for career development and administrative issues.
As part of the UNFPA JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
- Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
- Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
- Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
- Easy access to the supervisor
- Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
- Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
- Completion of UNFPA’s annual Performance Appraisal and Development (PAD) system
- If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties
C. Duties and Responsibilities
The JPO – Reproductive Health Analyst will be based in UNFPA Country Office in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Under the day-to-day supervision and guidance by the Chief of Health (SRHR Unit), s/he will support initiatives and provide technical support in key areas for results-based programme and project management and M&E of UNFPA’s SRHR programme and projects. Specific tasks include:
1. Effective Research, programme and project management
Key primary responsibilities:
- Research support to SRHR Unit for Policy advocacy, planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all UNFPA-supported SRHR programme and project strategies and interventions.
- Analyse overall Government budget allocations to Health and specifically Ministry of Health budget allocations to SRHR (maternal health, family planning, EMONC, etc.) and build business case in support of advocacy efforts for increased allocations, showing clear links between SRHR and national development and economic outcomes.
- Assist with baseline surveys, reviews, evaluations, and other assessment activities.
- Participate in technical discussions for national social indicator surveys such as DHS, MICS etc.
Other secondary support responsibilities:
- Analyse the progress of project implementation, identify constraints and gaps in implementation and recommend appropriate responses for further action by the Country Office.
- Regularly update on the status of the budget expenditure.
- Organize, manage and prepare briefs for meetings with government, UN agencies and donors on SHRR issues, including for UNFPA country Office monthly programme meetings, implementing partners’ quarter and annual review meetings.
- Assist coordination and interactions with Implementing partners to ensure timely preparation of work plans, budgets, progress reports, project presentations, and other documents and correspondence;
2. Monitoring & Evaluation
- Assist with the annual target setting, and ensure accurate inputs to the end-year reporting on results
- Actively participate and contribute to the SRHR Unit’s programming
- Support the Unit’s planning, regularly track, analyse project and programme indicators from implementing partners and district sites, and gather up-to-date, relevant and strategic information for periodic progress reports and guiding programmatic decisions
- Provide logistic support for Unit’s internal and external with implementing partners, Government and/or donors
- Contribute inputs to UNFPA Country Programme planning, implementation and evaluation processes.
3. Research, knowledge management, and advocacy
- Undertake research, analyse existing national and international data, surveys, reports, technical journals and Media, and drawing trends and projections, and prepare briefs for unit and Country Office senior management on SRHR issues.
- Assist the SRHR Unit Chief and other unit members with drafting, reviewing and revising letters, reports, notes, briefs, and other communication advocacy materials.
- In coordination with the Advocacy and Knowledge Management Specialist of the Country Office, regularly identify, synthesize and record best practices and lessons learned linked to SRHR projects.
- Using identified good practices, contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
4. Partnership building and resource mobilization
- Maintain close liaison with development partners and stakeholders including NGO/CBO/CSO, academia and private sector
- Regularly scan donor websites, read donor strategies
- Consolidate donor intelligence in the area of adolescent and youth, identify and timely advise chief of SRHR of funding opportunities
- Be actively involved in assisting the head of unit with concept papers and proposal preparation.
5. Other corporate tasks
- Actively participate in meetings inside and outside UNFPA to address SRHR issues
- Represent UNFPA SRHR Unit in external/internal meetings when/if requested by Unit Chief or office senior management
- Support, organize and participate in missions and training of UNFPA, donors, government officials, and media to highlight SRHR issues
- Proactively reach out to other programme and operations units in the Country office fostering coordination, collaboration and synergies
- Any other relevant activities/responsibilities as assigned by the Representative, Deputy Representative and/or Chief of Health.
D. Qualifications and Experience:
- Master’s Degree in Health Economics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health systems or other related field.
Knowledge and Experience:
- Minimum 2 years of professional experience, in international development or corporate sector.
- Strong orientation to research and analytical statistical work, are strong assets.
- Exposure to professional or academic background on SRHR issues is desirable.
- Sound knowledge about the UN System, multi-lateral or bilateral donor, and understanding of human rights-based approach an advantage.
- Commitment to development work essential. Professionalism, maturity, integrity and confidentiality.
- Teamwork spirit, learning spirit, client focus, good inter-personal communication and negotiation skills.
- Pro-active and capable of effectively working independently with minimum guidance.
- Administrative, management and organizational skills, including time management.
- Strong problem-solving skills, with creativity and flexibility to fashion viable alternatives.
- Proficiency in computer applications and presentation skills are essential: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, data management, prezzie and other presentation software.
- Proficiency in statistical software such as SPSS, Epi info and SAS.
E. Required Competencies
- 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 relationships, communicating for impact
Functional Skill Set:
- Advocacy for results; Advancing policy-oriented agenda
- Leveraging the resources of the Government and partners; Building strategic alliances and partnership
- Facilitating and delivering results-based programmes and projects
- Internal and external communications
- Strategically positioning UNFPA priorities and programme/projects
- Providing conceptual innovation to support programmatic/operational effectiveness and efficiency
- Strengthening the programming and operational capacity of Country Office.
- Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge, evidence and information.
Strong English and French communication, oral and written a must.
F. Learning Elements
Upon completion of the two-year assignment, the JPO will be able to:
- Understand the collaborative activities undertaken in the UN system
- Understand the programme and operations policies and procedures in UN/UNFPA
- Understand the linkage among various initiatives of UNFPA
- Understand the capacity building challenges in developing countries
G. Background Information
After a devastating decade of political and military crisis (2001-2011), the country has gradually and steadily regained its stability. Macro-economic indicators are good and economic growth has been 8-9% over the last three years. The Government has an ambitious agenda of reaching an emerging economy status by 2020, and adopted a trickle-down effect policy to its development. Consequently, massive investments have been allocated to Energy and Infrastructure sector development. A somewhat lesser attention has been given to basic social needs. Despite having embraced the pursuit of demographic dividend in key national planning and policy documents, there has been little effective actions to promote and foster gender equality, women’s empowerment, girls’ education. Illiteracy levels are dangerously low at 63% among women and 49% among men. Despite mandatory schooling up to 16 years of age, primary enrolment for girls remains at 60%. It falls to 54% at the end of primary school; and drops dramatically to 29% at the end of first cycle of secondary school. Youth unemployment is high, fuelling out-migration and frustration. Given the positive Country’s macro-economic performance, Cote d’Ivoire is not on the radar of traditional donors for social sector development. Rather, the country relies on loans from financial institutions such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and Government bonds.
The United Nations System has been present for a few decades in Cote d’Ivoire and boasts today a presence of more than ten resident agencies. UNFPA’s Programme of Cooperation is on its seventh (7th) cycle. The current Country Programme 2017-2020 key result areas are: a) sexual and reproductive health and rights; b) adolescent & youth development; c) gender and human rights and gender based violence. Population dynamics is a crosscutting area. Current UNFPA personnel complement is 45. Some key Country vital statistics:
- Total Population: 24.6 million, 49% women.
- Maternal Mortality ratio 614/100,1000
- Illiteracy rates among women 63%; 49% among men
- Total Fertility Rate: 4.6; Teen fertility: 129/1000; modern Contraceptive Rate: 15%
- Women participation in modern job market: 26.4% compared to 52% for men.
- Poverty rate for women is 47.4% against 46% Country average.
- Gender inequality high especially in Secondary and tertiary education, employment, and access to basic social services.
- Female Genital Mutilation national average: 38%. Northern regions reach 80%
- Gender-based violence (GBV): No official national data. However, 2896 cases notified by the GBV platforms in 2016.
Living conditions in Cote d’Ivoire
Abidjan and the Country in general is a family duty station. The average temperature in Abidjan varies from 28 °C in August to 32°C in February. Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall occurs between June and August. Considered the Manhattan of Africa, Cost of living in Abidjan is high. Basic amenities are available in shops, markets and hotels. There is a busy social and cultural life including local and European food restaurants, music concerts, art expos, fashion events, and other. Medical assistance is available in private clinics and hospitals, although for more complex issues local elites and expatriates rely on travel to Europe – 5-hour flight to Paris – and elsewhere. There are three European airlines providing daily flights to/from Europe; Air France runs two flights a day; there also regional airlines linking Abidjan to the rest of Africa, and some to Europe and the USA. There are primary and secondary international schools. Local transportation is easily accessible through local taxis and is relatively safe, though traffic in Abidjan can be tasking during rush hours.
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Stichwort: Junior Professional Officer (JPO)
Administration, management, Economic and employment promotion, Health, social security, Humanitäre Hilfe, Humanitarian aid, Other specialisations, Sonstige Fachgebiete, Verwaltung/Management, Water and waste management, environment, resources, Wirtschafts-/Beschäftigungsförderung
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