Deputy Representative Job in Kenya

Deputy Representative

Job Purpose:

In close collaboration with the UNFPA Representative, the UNFPA Deputy Representative plays a leading role in strengthening the Country’s capacity to implement the ICPD Programme of Action within the context of its national development efforts to achieve the SDGs, thus ensuring national ownership. S/He is primarily responsible for the formulation and delivery of the UNFPA Country programme, projecting the programme of the organization, promoting at the national and sub-national levels the goals of the programme and ensuring the integration of issues of population, sexual and reproductive health, and gender in the broader development and humanitarian agenda. The Deputy Representative plays a leadership role also within the UNFPA country team, providing an example of creative programme development and sharing knowledge and insights with staff to facilitate broad country programme management.

Key activities include:

Programme Leadership, within the humanitarian-development-peace nexus framework

National Capacity Development

Partnerships and Advocacy

Resource mobilization and resource management


Programme Leadership – Ensures quality development and delivery of integrated technical and programmatic support that meets country needs and achieves the ICPD goals and SDGs:

Assess and address implications of national trends on UNFPA work in the Country.

Consult with Government, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders on national and sub-national priorities.

Recommend areas of assistance based on continuous review and analysis of demographic and socio-economic data and national population policies in the context of the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of UNFPA-supported Country Programme.

Provide inputs to the Regional Office (RO) based on country-specificities for the development of the global/regional strategic plan.

Regularly assess resource requirements for the Country Programme.

Ensure continuous feedback to the RO on programme, technical and operational policy, regulations, procedures etc., as well as lessons learned and import new modalities or directions in thinking into the country office.

Develop and manage the Country Programme in line with the UNFPA strategic plan, applying the humanitarian-development nexus approach, and liaising with the RO technical and programme teams;

Implement UNFPA guidelines, policies, standards, tools and systems at the CO level.

Oversee and direct technical assistance to partners and stakeholders in the Country.

Catalyze the expansion of the range of UNFPA deliverables and originate new project portfolios in UNFPA’s mandate area; develop new programme options and project models in substantive areas.

Devolve authority for portfolio management to project and national staff facilitating capacity building and guiding programme implementation with solid, substantive oversight and effective programme representation.

Establish quality standards for project development and delivery in consultation with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor assigned to support the CO.

Coordinate the Preparation of programme and financial progress reports and feedback to donors.

Take the lead in promoting knowledge sharing within the country office, with partners and with the Regional Office, and,

In collaboration with the Humanitarian Programme Coordinator, ensure integration of the development and humanitarian response programme, within the triple nexus approach, including ensuring participation in the relevant clusters and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) network.

National Capacity Development:

Implement a strategy for capacity building at the country level, within the context of the global strategy.

Create an enabling environment for the implementation of the ICPD agenda.

Provide technical, material, financial, and political support to strengthen national capacity on thematic programmes.

Create/improve national capacities to monitor, evaluate, and learn from capacity development initiatives

Qualifications and Experience Required:


Advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

Minimum 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management.

Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities/capacities.

Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships in the assigned country.

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 a strong asset.


Fluent in English is required, and Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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Closing date: 30 Nov 2023 05:00 PM