Vacancy Announcement Job ID 2329- Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Population & Development and Gender Equality, Bujumbura-Burundi, Nairobi-Kenya

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Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:01:01 -0400

We are pleased to advertise the following JPO vacancy:


JOB ID NO.:                                          2329
CLOSING DATE:                                    22 October 2013, 5:00 p.m. New York time
POST TITLE:                                        Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Population & Development and Gender Equality                                                                                                 
CATEGORY:                                          ICS-8/ICS-9 (P-1/P-2)
DUTY STATION:                                    Nairobi, Kenya
DURATION:                                          One year initially with the possibility to extend for up to three years
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:                         Kenya Country Office 


The UNFPA Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is intended to provide on-the-job training for young professionals who wish to obtain practical experience in development assistance. It gives them an opportunity to acquire professional knowledge in population projects in a developing country.

This JPO position, funded by the Netherlands, is available in Bujumbura, Burundi. We invite applicants who have the nationality of a country which appears on the list of eligible countries for the Netherlands JPO/JE/APO/AE Programme to apply. For qualification requirements, please consult the website of the Nedworc Foundation:


The JPO will work under the supervision of the UNFPA Representative and UNFPA Deputy Representative.

Content and methodology of supervision:

■ Job-related guidance in a timely, constructive and appropriate manner is provided on a continuous basis.

■ The functions of all staff and what is required of the JPO and how this relates to the overall mandate of UNFPA will be explained.

■ All necessary information, rules, policies, equipment and other tools required will be provided.

■ The JPO will have opportunities to use his/her skills and abilities fully and to contribute to the work of the office to the best of his/her abilities.

■ Supervisors will take an overall interest in the JPO’s development and provide encouragement and advice on how the JPO can realize his/her potential.

■ There will be opportunities for the JPO to express his/her views on work-related matters.

Learning Elements

Upon completion of a two-year assignment, the JPO will be able to:

■ Coordinate program implementation in Population & Development and Gender Equality

■ Monitor, evaluate and report on programme progress against laid out results/ Monitoring &Evaluation frameworks

■ Plan/Organize policy advocacy activities/events


Within the framework of the new strategic directions for UNFPA, its focus on realization of MDG 5 targets (a) and (b), the JPO will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Assist in coordination of Population & Development and Gender Equality programme components implementation through collaborative relationships with executing agencies, government counterparts, experts and UN agencies

2. Analyse and report on programme progress, identify constraints and provide recommendations for corrective action

3. Facilitate research, surveys and dissemination of results for evidence based advocacy and policy dialogue in Population and Development and Gender Equality in support of MDG 5 targets

4. Assist in creating, documenting and sharing of knowledge about current and emerging population and development and Gender Equality trends, by analyzing programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned and best practices

5. Support advocacy and resource mobilization strategy of the Country Office by compiling and synthesizing relevant background material for use in discussions and public events

6. Carry out any other responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor/management


■ An advanced university degree in the social sciences or related fields; specialized knowledge in the field of Policy Advocacy and Gender and Development. Preferably two years of relevant work experience in the programme management; four years maximum. A Bachelor’s degree with four years of relevant working experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree. Prior experience in developing countries is an asset.

■ Fluency in English. Knowledge of other UN languages will be an asset; ability to write clearly and concisely.

■ Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Competencies:

Valuing Diversity
Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciates differences in values and learns from cultural diversity. Takes actions appropriate to the religious and cultural context. Continually examines his/her own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses.
Working in Teams
Works collaboratively with colleagues inside UNFPA as well as UNFPA partners and other stakeholders. Supports the decisions of the team even when it is not his/her preferred solution. Proactively pursues solutions to team problems and asks for help when needed. Pursues achievement of common goals.
Integrity/ Commitment to the mandate
Acts in accordance with UN/UNFPA values. Holds himself/herself accountable for actions taken within the given responsibilities and supervision. Does what he/she says he/she will do. Places UNFPA interest first and foremost, including resisting political and personal pressure.
Self and conflict management
Remains calm, collected and patient, regardless of circumstances. Responds effectively to stress and situations of ambiguity or crisis. Adapts flexibly to changing situations or to overcome obstacles. Listens and responds appropriately to criticism.
Communicating information and ideas
Communicates clearly and effectively. Seeks to understand the ideas of others. Helps create an environment for open communication. Delivers oral/written information in a timely, effective and easily understood manner. Prepares written material in a manner that requires little or no corrections or editing by others.

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

The JPO contract is one year initially with the possibility to extend for up to three years upon satisfactory performance.
This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post. The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.
Candidates must apply through the UNFPA's online application management system, E-Recruit. Please visit Current Vacancies at
The deadline for receiving applications is 22 October 2013 (5:00 p.m New York time). Please note that all selected candidates must be available and prepared to take up duty as soon as possible..
Due to the large number of applicants we will only be able to respond to those candidates in whom UNFPA has a further interest.
Disclaimer: Iam not currently affiliated to UNFPA.

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