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UNFPA Nigeria Is Recruiting

Date Posted: 19/Jun/2014
Deadline: 04/Jul/2014



UNFPA Nigeria seeks a National Programme Analyst in ASRH and HIV prevention to strengthen its Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV interventions among young people.

The NPA post provides technical and programmatic support to ensure that HIV Prevention and youth development are included in the broader context of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health as defined by the ICPD Programme of Action and are also firmly placed within the Nigerian youth and development agenda, including building on the demographic dividend and the achievement of the MDGs.

Responsibilities of the NPA include: leading, advising and providing technical expertise and programmatic support on priorities in the substantive areas including: prevention of teenage pregnancies, addressing feminization of HIV among young people, girl-child education, participation of young people in decision-making processes, life-skills, youth friendly SRH information and services, RH and HIV integration in the framework of the promotion of prong 1 & 2 of PMTCT, Most At Risk Populations (MARPs), data and information and research on youth and HIV dynamics, and capacity development. S/he will also maintain technical partnerships on substantive issues and provide leadership to ensure that technical knowledge is updated, generated, collected and disseminated for effective technical, policy dialogues and evidence-based advocacy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main Tasks

Under the overall guidance of UNFPA Resident Representative, the oversight of the Deputy Representative and direct supervision of the  Programme Specialist/Head, Lagos Liaison Office,  NPA-ASRH/HIV analyses and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to project formulation and evaluation and joint programming initiatives. The immediate duties of the incumbent will be, but not limited to the following:

    Play a leading and active role as the focal person for the UNFPA ASRH and HIV Prevention programme and in collaboration with relevant State Ministries/MDAs, State AIDS Control Agency (SACAs), as well as other partner organizations to ensure effective implementation of ASRH and HIV/AIDS activities as envisaged in the Annual Work Plans.
    Provide technical expertise to guide the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes related to young people’s sexual and reproductive health in the context of the National Youth Policy, National Youth Health and Development Plan of Action, National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, IMNCH Strategy, National and Presidential HIV Prevention Strategies, and related State-level instruments.
    Conduct (i) cross-sectoral gender sensitive research on youth and HIV prevention; and (iii) mapping of youth and HIV prevention programmes in UNFPA focus States in the South-South and South-East identifying the risks and opportunities to strengthen the position of youth in decision-making processes at all levels and to scale up HIV prevention.
    Support innovative means to reach out to the larger youth and adult population, and MARPs, and facilitate evidence-based advocacy campaigns for making social investments in: (i) youth and youth participation in planning, designing and implementing policies and programmes at States and LGA levels; (ii) HIV prevention.
    Facilitate the strengthening of capacity in the provision of ASRH information and services and HIV prevention.
    Facilitate training of youth networks and government institutions to strengthen their capacity to collect, analyze and utilize data for advocacy and planning purposes respectively. Provide technical and facilitation support to youth and government partners to ensure the development of State youth policies, including sectoral strategies and programmes.
    Lead in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts in the areas of ASRH and HIV prevention by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, donor profiles and participating in donor meetings and public information events.
    Lead the development and operationalization of national youth-friendly policies, strategies and programmes at States and community levels in close collaboration with Federal and State governments, UN Agencies, NGOs and other partners.
    Contribute substantively to the harmonization and coordination of the activities of the various UN agencies in line with the UN reform, especially in relation to coordination of youth and HIV activities (Delivery as One, UNH4, UN Division of Labour on HIV/AIDS, etc.).
    Support the collection (including through operational research) of lessons learnt and best practices that enhance the effectiveness of ASRH and HIV interventions, disseminate to stakeholders, and advocate for scaling up of the ASRH and RH/HIV integration programmes.
    Undertake any other assignments as may be required by the UNFPA Representative, Deputy Representative or  Programme Specialist/Head, Lagos Liaison Office.


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
    Communicating for impact

Required Skillset

    Strategically positioning UNFPA programme
    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 implementing partners
    Facilitating quality programmatic results
    Internal and External relations and advocacy for results mobilization.

Required Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate should:

    Be a Nigerian national (male or female).
    Post-graduate degree in the field of Public Health, Social Work, Gender Studies or a related field.
    Have at least 3 years relevant professional experience - preferably in programme management in the public or private sector in the area of youth development and/or reproductive health, two of which should be in the area of ASRH/youth and HIV programming.
    Have proven experience in working with youth and HIV networks and programmes affiliated to youth development and mobilization, and HIV prevention.
    Have proven experience in capacity building, documentation of good practices, knowledge and information management, advocacy and social mobilization for youth and HIV programmes.
    Be fluent in both written and spoken English; knowledge of major local language(s) is an asset.
    Be proficient in current MS software applications.


The UN  is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities


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