Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme Officer – UNFPA, October 12 2022
Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme Officer
Position: Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme Officer
Location: Addis Ababa
The Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (IRHR) Programme Officer supports project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. S/He will provide technical, administrative and managerial support to MOH, Regional Health Bureaus and other implementing partners on Family Planning and integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ISRHR) programmes, including Bill and Melinda Gates foundation (BMGF) project.
- S/He will support the implementation of the UNFPA Country Programme in delivering quality Family Planning, maternal health, ISRH services aligned with the UNFPA strategic plan, the business model and national policy framework.
- The incumbent evaluates the soundness of strategies developed in the areas of Family Planning, SRH and maternal health in the context of national strategies and standards and advises the country office and national counterparts accordingly.
- S/he will coordinate implementation of BMGF project.
- S/He will support the country office efforts to create and document knowledge about current and emerging SRH issues, by analyzing programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experiences for lessons learned, best practices, for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies.
- S/He will work closely with staff in the county office and regions to facilitate smooth programme delivery on SRHR. S/He will lead development of work plans, proposals, manage Implementing partners, provide technical assistance to IPs, and engage in different national working groups.
S/He will report to the SRHR programme specialist of UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office.
- In the last decade, Ethiopia has made significant progress towards achieving its national and international development goals, and sectoral programmes and strategies for improving maternal health, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, and combating the HIV epidemic. The Maternal Mortality Ratio has declined from 676 to 412 per 100,000 live births in the last five years alone. The proportion of deliveries in health facilities increased from 10 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2019. The contraceptive prevalence rate increased to 36 percent and Total Fertility Rate dropped to 4.1 in 2016.
- However, unmet need for family planning is the highest for young married adolescents, 15-19 years old, with 33 percent unmet need for spacing. There are also other emerging sexual and reproductive health needs that draw the attention of the government and partners such as cervical cancer.
- Moreover, there is a need to do more to improve quality of maternal health and Family Planning services.
- Despite the progress made to improve the status of some SRHR services in the last decade, evidence shows that there is still much to do to increase access to quality SRH information and services and to ensure equity of SRH services.
- Ethiopia still has one of the highest MMR in Africa and the progresses are not similar across the regions and within their districts. Geographic discrepancy on SRHR indicators including Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, ANC, skilled birth attendance, and post-natal care is one of the issues identified by the strategic documents of Ministry of Health other assessments like EDHS.
- FMOH developed HSTP II and Reproductive health strategy which will run from 2021-2025. The Health Sector Strategy is aligned and harmonized with the Home Grown Economic Reform and SDG goals.
- The purpose of the assignment is to support the UNFPA county office, FMOH and other relevant partners in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence based SRHR interventions at national and regional level.
Qualifications and Experience:Education:
- A health background ( nursing, midwifery, Health Officer, Medical doctor) with masters in public health or any health related fields
Knowledge and Experience:
- A minimum of five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of Family Planning, Maternal Health, and ISRH both in development and humanitarian contexts;
- Experience in programme/ project management including experience in large multi-sector projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
- Field experience to various regions of Ethiopia on RMNCAYH-N program focusing on family planning and Maternal health
Prior experience with the UN system is an asset.
How To Apply:
Interested and qualified applicants can apply through: Apply for – Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme Officer