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The Position:

Under the guidance of the Regional Director, the Representative has overall responsibilities for UNFPA representation, policy, programme, finance, staff and office administration in Senegal.

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 (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

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:

The UNFPA Representative plays the leading role in projecting the priorities and mandate of the organization at the national and/or area level.  Through compelling advocacy and thought leadership, the Representative effectively positions UNFPA to be the visible centre of innovation and excellence on issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender, human rights and culture.  Placing the ICPD issues at the centre of the overall development agenda, the Representative plays a significant part in ensuring a coordinated and comprehensive engagement across the UN system, with bilateral donors and civil society, with national counterparts and other partners.  The Representative provides leadership for the work of UNFPA in the country of assignment and is accountable for the UNFPA Country programme and operations in the country.  

 Key activities include:

Strategic direction, planning and management Programme leadership and representation Programme oversight and coordination Management of resources

You would be responsible for:

A. Strategic direction, planning and management Lead the positioning of UNFPA on strategic and substantive issues in the country on the basis of global and regional policies and strategies; Lead and direct the process of scanning the environment on country level issues and analyzing the implications for the work of the Fund and the Country Office; Identify and promote UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the national development environment and agenda, and in the changing aid environment; Position the demographic dividend as the strategic focus to achieve national objectives Provide overall vision, direction and management for the work of UNFPA in the country. Act as the principal adviser on country level issues to the Regional Director and senior management of UNFPA; Act as senior advisor for the promotion of the organization’s capacity for effective delivery, including on the development of regional and global policies, positioning, strategies, and plans; Provide leadership in the substantive development and execution of the organization’s country level policy dialogue and country programme, assessing and addressing implications of national trends on UNFPA’s work in the country; Act as a leading spokesperson within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), promoting effective coordination on development issues with integration of population and development and sexual and reproductive health issues in the larger development agenda; Advocate and engage in policy dialogue for concerted action by the international community, the UN and national counterparts on issues related to sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender, human rights and culture, and creates awareness of the critical role of ICPD issues in the overall development agenda and the achievement of the SDGs, including in the development of CCA, UNDAF and other national development frameworks;

C.  Programme oversight and coordination Oversee implementation of the country programme using a results-based management and quality assurance frameworks and procedures for the work of the Country Office, including in the delivery of technical assistance; Ensure the application of financial and substantive monitoring processes, and the evaluation of the country programme;

D.  Management of resources Assume overall accountability for the management and work of the Country Office; Direct the formulation and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the country, and mobilize, in coordination with IERD and the RO, additional financial resources for the country; Ensure an ethics-based approach to management of all human and financial resources; and Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Regional Director 

Qualifications and Experience: 

Education:   Post-graduate university degree in: International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management, Public Health, Gender or other related field. 

Knowledge and Experience: 

15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which at least 8 years in the field of population and development at the international level; Job knowledge and technical expertise –up-to-date knowledge of issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender, and their place in the development agenda; Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results; Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing in English; Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations; and, Field experience is essential.


Fluency in English. French langugae skills a significant advantage. 

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,

Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Functional Competencies:

Organizational Leadership and direction; Ensuring Operational Effectiveness and accountability for results; External and internal relations and advocacy for results mobilization; Strategically positioning UNFPA programmes in the country; Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness; Strengthening  the programme and technical capacity of country offices; Facilitating quality programmatic results; Aligning Human Resources with the organization’s strategic direction. 

Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

Providing strategic focus; Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders; Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance; Making decisions and exercising judgment.

Compensation and Benefits:

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


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

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.


This vacancy is archived.

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