Assistant Representative Job at UNFPA |Ajira Mpya April 2020


Assistant Representative 

Position Number: 3113
Location: Dodoma, Tanzania
Full time
Fixed term
Non Rotational
Duration: 1 Year initially with the potential for renewal subject to performance and available funding

The Position

Under overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative, and direct supervision by the Deputy Representative, the Assistant Representative provides support to ensure programme quality, efficiency and effectiveness of UNFPA’s support to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania within the context of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan II (UNDAP II). The Assistant Representative will specifically focus on UNFPA’s thematic area of gender equality and human rights, building and managing partnerships and coordinating the work of UNFPA’s Dodoma Office and field presence. S/he will serve on the senior management team and acts on behalf of the Representative and Deputy Representative in their absence.

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 (2018-2021) focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end the unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and all 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.

Job Purpose

In coordination with the Representative and Deputy Representative, the Assistant Representative contributes to the design, development, and management of an innovative and responsive country programme. The Assistant Representative heads the UNFPA Office in Dodoma, supports the programme team in general, and the gender and human rights unit in particular, by inspiring the team to translate global, regional and country goals into sustainable solutions and results. S/he will be responsible for advocacy and strategic partnership management; national capacity development, resource management and mobilization; and programme support for the delivery of the country programme results.

The Assistant Representative substantively contributes to the management of UNFPA activities in the thematic area of gender equality and human rights. Acting as an analyst/advisor, s/he proactively provides the Representative with strategic guidance on issues related to UNFPA’s mandate and with information on the achievement of results, the implementation of UNFPA’s programmes as well as contextual issues that relate to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action.

The main responsibilities of the Assistant Representative will be:

Partnerships and advocacy
Capacity development
Resource management and mobilization
Programme support.
You will be responsible for:

A. Partnerships and advocacy

Engage in policy dialogue with Government counterparts, UN Agencies and other development partners to facilitate the incorporation of UNFPA’s programme priorities and the ICPD Agenda into national plans and strategies, and UN systems initiatives and frameworks.
Represent UNFPA in assigned government-led policy and technical level coordination and consultative fora; in UN systems coordination; and in development partner’s harmonization meetings while ensuring that such fora/bodies reflect relevant ICPD issue in general; and gender equality, human rights, gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices in particular.

Contribute to the analysis of population and development, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender equality issues in the country; and translate global strategies into country specific advocacy strategies, creating and delivering evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA’s programme goals.
Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address gender equality and human rights, including GBV and harmful practices.
Promote South-South cooperation for the achievement of ICPD goals and pursue innovative ways to maintain and create new partnerships.

 B. Capacity development

Participate actively in government-led fora and advise the government on the design and implementation of national and sectoral strategies, and policies and plans aimed at advancing gender equality and human rights.
Implement strategies for capacity building in UNFPA’s mandated areas in the context of gender equality and human rights.
Provide cutting-edge technical guidance and support to strengthen national capacity on gender equality and human rights.
Create/improve national capacities to monitor, evaluate and learn from capacity development initiatives.

C. Resource management and mobilization

Lead UNFPA’s Office in Dodoma and coordinate UNFPA’s field presence in Tanzania mainland.
Support UNFPA’s Representative in overall accountability for the management of resources, and work of the Country Office, while ensuring efficient and effective use of resources in compliance with UNFPA policies and procedures.

Contribute to the development of resource mobilization strategies by analyzing information on potential donors; preparing substantive briefs and project proposals in line with donor priorities; creating feedback mechanisms; and providing information on the progress of donor-funded projects. Identify opportunities for cost sharing where appropriate. As necessary, leverage resources from within UNFPA, government and other partners to support work on gender equality, human rights and GBV.
Supervise the assigned national programme staff, providing them with managerial direction and motivation; guide them on standards of performance; and assign responsibilities for achieving results, learning and career management.
Work with the team to maintain a harmonious working environment; seek to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels; foster staff motivation, development and empowerment; and lead by example.

D. Programme support

Participate in the formulation of annual work plans for the gender equality and human rights component and monitor the day-to-day implementation to ensure that they are proceeding as planned. Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plans (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps.
Promote a results-based approach and integrate innovative policies and strategies into the design and formulation of thematic components of the country programmes, sub-programmes and projects based on strategic priorities, results realized, and responsive to the evolving country context in the areas of gender equality and human rights.
Facilitate the achievement of programme results by identifying, providing and coordinating substantive and technical inputs into programme development and implementation, ensuring substantive monitoring and oversight and coordinating and evaluating the inputs of consultants and technical experts.
Promote knowledge sharing and continuous learning, testing, linking and documenting innovative strategies, approaches, lessons learned and best practices inside and outside of UNFPA and, where appropriate, adapt these strategies and approaches. Ensure that programme staff integrate new substantive policies, methodologies and tools (Results-Based Management, Costing the Three Transformative Results, Sustainable Development Goals, Acceleration toolkit etc.).

Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, International Development, Public Administration, Management or other related social science field.

Knowledge and Experience

At least 8 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and/or population activities, preferably in programme/project design, appraisal and management.
Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities and capacities.
Knowledge of relevant international and national policies, plans and programmes in the field of gender equality and human rights.
Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.
Demonstrated experience in partnership management and coordination with government and NGOs.
Excellent communication skills, including oral and written English, and fluency in Swahili.
Proficiency in current office software applications.
Strong advocacy, negotiation and mediation skills.
Communications and media experience is desirable.
Familiarity with the UN system and/or experience of working with an international organization is an advantage.


Fluency in English and Kiswahili.

Required Competencies


Exemplifying integrity
Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
Embracing cultural diversity
Embracing change
Functional Competencies

Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
Results-based programme development and management
Leveraging the resources of partners, building strategic alliances
Conceptual innovation and marketing of new approaches
Job knowledge/technical.
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
Communicating for impact.
Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary, health insurance and other benefits as applicable.

How to Apply:

Applicants are kindly requested to apply through the online link at:

UNFPA has established an electronic management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy. Download the step-by-step guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.

Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

Disclaimer 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 at


Application deadline: 14th April 2020


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