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Background Information


Closing Date: 23 August 2018 (5 pm Beijing time)

Duration: One year (renewable)*

*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5

Duty Station: Beijing, China


Organizational Setting

The Position:

The SRHR Specialist is located in the China Country Office (CO) and reports to the UNFPA Deputy Representative.

Job Purpose:

The SRHR Specialist ensures the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights with a focus on integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) policy, rights-based family planning, midwifery workforce development, and Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS) in the context of South-South and triangular cooperation  (SSTC). S/he leads SRH programme  formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and provides advisory for national development frameworks. S/he leads strengthening strategic partnerships in the area of sexual and reproductive health for UNFPA’s mandate and programme delivery through proactive engagement, policy advocacy, resource mobilization and effective communication. S/he works with the programme team and collaborates with the CO’s operations/administrative support staff.

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 (2018-2021), 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 value 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 who can transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained programme results;  who are transparent and professional  in managing the resources and results efficiently and effectively ; and who are committed to make a difference in ensuring   sexual and reproductive health for all.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

In collaboration with Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners, the SRHR Specialist leads the formulation and design of the SRHR component of the country programme and its associated projects in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. Leads achievement of programme results by ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are applied by programme team, and appropriate monitoring and oversight mechanisms are established and implemented.

Undertakes analysis of national and subnational trends, gaps, challenges in addressing major SRHR issues related to the rights of women and adolescents in China, to identify strategic entry points for new initiatives, planning future strategies, or strengthening existing work to advance the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Agenda and Agenda 2030.

Supports the CO’s efforts in generating knowledge from country programme implementation by synthesizing and documenting key findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices and drafting relevant materials for dissemination.

Contributes to the CO’s overall M&E framework, advising on measureable, reportable, and verifiable gender disaggregated data and indicators related to policy and advocacy efforts to improve adolescents’ and women’s SRHR.

Identifies and develops key partnerships for international cooperation in creation of evidence and knowledge-sharing on SSTC best practices that enhance SRHR programme impact for China and between China and collaborating developing countries.

Oversees SRHR project implementation, establishing collaborative partnerships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies for timely and efficient delivery of project inputs, and addressing training needs of project personnel.

Ensures the creation and documentation of knowledge about current SRHR issues, by the programme team through the analysis of programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, and uses this knowledge for information sharing, strategic communication and policy advocacy.

Participates actively in the resource mobilization efforts of the CO by ensuring preparation of relevant documentation, contributing to development of donor proposals, and participating in related meetings and public information events.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in Public health, Demography, Gender and/or Social Statistics with a first degree in medicine is required.

Knowledge and Experience:

Five years professional experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health, international development, with experience in programme/ project management.


Fluency both English and  Chinese is required.


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

•      Workings in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationships

•       Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

•       Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

•       Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

•      Delivering results-based programme

•      Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

Managerial Competencies:

•     Providing strategic focus

•     Engaging internal/ external partners and stakeholders

•     Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance

•     Making decisions and exercising judgment


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.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits.


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