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Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Trust Fund to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation – UNFPA

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Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Trust Fund to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation – UNFPA, December 15 2022




Organization: UNFPA

Position: Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Trust Fund to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posting Date: 12/13/2022, 10:35 PM

Deadline: 01/04/2023, 07:59 AM

Job Schedule: Full time

Grade: P5

Vacancy Type: Fixed Term, Non-Rotational

Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension





Job Description


Organizational Setting

The Position:


The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation is the world’s largest response to change entrenched social norms an eliminate female genital mutilation and transform gender norms.

In 2022, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation entered its Phase IV which scales-up support to 19 countries from Africa, the Middle East and Asia and strategic actions at regional level in consultation with regional bodies such as the African Union. Using both top-down and bottom-up approaches, the Joint Programme ensures increased focus on adolescent girls and women’s agency, positive masculinity, catalyzes a global movement to eliminate FGM, increases international and regional attention to FGM as a priority agenda, supports the implementation of a political accountability mechanism and civil society dynamic towards the elimination of female genital mutilation, with strengthened efforts to provide services to hard-to-reach populations. The Joint Programme is strengthened through a revised Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, including Value for Money and innovative indicators on Social Norms.

The Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme works under the overall direction and leadership of the Chief of the Gender and Human Rights Branch of the Technical Division. S/He is a senior adviser on issues related to gender and social norms and s/he is lead coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Trust Fund on Female Genital Mutilation overseeing its efficient implementation and attainment of desired results at the global, regional and country level.

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 new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities You would be responsible for:
The Global Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Trust Fund to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation is accountable for driving measurable results and impact at global, regional and in the target countries. S/He leads programme management, for the effective and efficient implementation of the programme. S/He provides conceptual and operational support to regional office and countries to ensure the realization of agreed results of each business unit receiving support from the programme.

The Coordinator builds strong collaborative relationships with Country Offices (CO’s) and Regional Offices (ROs) to support the effective implementation of programs. In all activities, and working closely with the Global Non-Core Funds Management Unit, s/he fosters dialogue, collaboration and shares information with all concerned UNFPA HQ Divisions and Branches. The Coordinator is acting as a focal point and liaison for all Trust Fund activities between UNFPA and UNICEF agencies, and partners who are involved; Key Outcome

A.    Strategic Substantive Thinking

•    Scan the substantive environment and maintain feedback loops on substantive issues related to female genital mutilation and broadly gender issues with the Technical Division, Policy and Strategic Division, Regional and Countries Offices and UNICEF in order to identify potential gaps and needs and address them;
•    Mobilize technical assistance for situation analysis and assessments and the adequate programme
elements to address them, working closely with technical advisors across the Technical Division;
•    Identify, analyze, and synthesize state-of-the-art technical knowledge and evidence, and ensure its transfer to improve the overall effectiveness of the programme;
•    Provide evidence-based analyses for mainstreaming FGM in national development frameworks;

B.    Technical Representation
•    Maintain and foster substantive, intellectual global partnerships for advancing state-of-the-art knowledge;
•    Coordinate the UNFPA-UNICEF technical network on FGM, maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work;
•    Coordinate analysis of the implementation of the Joint programme produced by technical specialists, ensuring country-level needs, lessons and evidence are driving these technical activities; and to the extent possible, bring best practices and lessons learnt to scale at the regional and/or global level;
•    Identify and internally disseminate lessons learned from the programme, and ensure their
incorporation into the UNFPA TD Technical Community and UNFPA Web knowledge products.

C.    Programme Management
•    Ensure overall coordination of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint programme with a view to maximizing the programmes effectiveness and efficiency;
•    Provide technical oversight to the development of work plans financed by the Joint programme;

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•    Working closely with the Global Non-Core Management Unit, to ensure the application of effective planning, monitoring and evaluation to track programme funding implementation and provides offices with ongoing feedback required for performance excellence;
•    Oversee quarterly performance management of the programme – including advising on the development of targets, indicators and tools designed to support oversight of program results, analyze bottlenecks and identify corrective measures;

•    Lead the development of guidelines for the integration of social norms change sound interventions in country workplan;
•    Ensure integration and alignment of UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme objectives and other gender objectives with global UNFPA goals and desired outcomes, and support harmonization of planning and monitoring components of the programme with corporate UNFPA reporting mechanisms;

D.    Stakeholder Management
•    Act as lead focal point for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme technical team fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners;
•    Engage with key internal and external partners in representation of the Joint programme;
•    Identify potential partnerships and collaborations with other UN agencies (UN Women; WHO; World
Bank; etc.) and others;
•    Collaborate with UN agencies, academia, research and training institutions, professional societies.

E.    Capacity Development
•    Identify needs for state-of-the-art technical knowledge on FGM for use by UNFPA and UNICEF Global Operations, Regional and Country Offices;

•    Develop the substantive technical capacity of UNFPA global operations, ROs and COs to ensure effective programming;
•    Identify staff training needs, develop and deliver training packages in support of technical capability
•    Identify and internally disseminate lessons learned from the Joint Programme;

F.    Resource Management
•    Responsible for day-to-day financial resource management for the achievement of expected results of the joint programme and provide regular reports to steering committee;
•    Direct, manage and supervise staff of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint programme coordination Team, including working closely with direct reports and relevant Regional Offices staff, to ensure countries are properly supported and that country programming is aligned with the joint programme strategy, that policy guidance is provided, external partnerships are managed, innovation is supported, and knowledge & tools are developed and shared;
•    Promote communication; encourage innovations; strengthen team-building through active participation and interaction at all levels; and, foster staff engagement, development and empowerment;
•    Lead on implementation of relevant audit recommendations for the Joint programme; and


Qualifications and Experience


•    Master Degree on social sciences, public health or related field, Demography, International Relations,
International Development, or other field directly related to the substantive area of work.

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Knowledge and Experience:

•    A minimum of 10 years’ experience of increasingly responsible professional experience in public
administration and international development, of which at least 4 years in the thematic area.
•    Operational and managerial experience working with governments and CSOs at the field level.
•    Experience working in-country on a gender, child protection and SRH topic.
•    Good management experience leading technical teams towards bold targets and goals
•    Field experience is essential.
•    The incumbent is expected to:
-be an expert and recognized authority in the area of gender work;
-Have the necessary skillset to manage a program with broad geographic reach, and that requires working across other divisions within the larger organization;
-Have the proven ability to lead and manage teams of mid level experts to achieve demonstrable results;
-Have excellent communication skills, speaking and writing in English;
-Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations and dedication to the principles of the United Nations;
•    Fluency in English is required.

Required Competencies

• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change

Core Competencies:
• Values/Guiding Principles;
• Performance Management;
• Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment;
• Working in Teams;
• Communication information and ideas/Knowledge Sharing;
• Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence and Conflict management/Negotiating and resolving disagreements;
• Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence

Functional Competencies:
• Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda;
• Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships;
• Delivering results-based programmes; Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization;
• Strategically positioning UNFPA programmes;
• Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness;
• Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information;
• Providing a technical support system;
• Strengthening the programming capacity of Country Offices;
• Facilitating quality programmatic results;

UNFPA Work Environment
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

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