International Programme Coordinator, Pyongyang, DPRK, P4

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-4 contracts and their salaries.

The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative, the International Programme Coordinator (IPC) plays a leading role in the formulation, coordination, and management of DPRK Country Programme implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. This includes ensuring the integration of population, sexual and reproductive health, youth, and gender dimensions in the broader development agenda. The IPC contributes to strengthening the Country Office's capacity to deliver quality programmes and engages national counterparts, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, development partners, and other stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of the country programme.

The position is based in Pyongyang, DPRK.

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 IPC will contribute to expanding the range of UNFPA deliverables in DPRK within the ICPD and 2030 agenda, in collaboration with national stakeholders and will contribute to the management of UNFPA programme activities in the areas of population and development, sexual and reproductive health and gender including in humanitarian situations. The IPC will support the Representative and contribute to UN system coordination through participation in inter-agency policy dialogue, providing inputs into joint common system initiatives, and representing UNFPA in government-led thematic initiatives as needed.

You would be responsible for:

Programme Management and Coordination:

  • Facilitate the achievement of programme results by identifying, providing, and coordinating inputs into programme development and implementation across programme areas.
  • Ensure programme monitoring and oversight, and coordinate and evaluate the inputs of consultants and technical experts.
  • In collaboration with the Operations Manager, coordinate the annual work planning and results reporting process for the country programme, ensuring efficient and effective use of resources in compliance with UNFPA financial rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Promote a results-based approach, integrating innovative policies and strategies into the design and formulation of UNSD cooperation framework, country programme, and projects. Ensure programmes are responsive to the country’s needs in areas of UNFPA’s strategic priorities.
  • Support the Country Office in leveraging environmental scans and resource mobilization and partnership analyses, using strategic entry points to strengthen all aspects of the ICPD PoA and UNFPA mandate at the programme level.
  • Promote knowledge sharing and continuous learning, including testing, evaluating, and documenting innovative strategies and best practices internal and external to UNFPA, and integrating these as appropriate into UNFPA programme design.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of mandatory programme evaluations and provide strategic guidance and technical support to programme monitoring and evaluation studies, and other relevant research undertakings.
  • Support the Country Office in conducting policy dialogue with the Government, UN, and other development partners to incorporate UNFPA’s priorities and agenda into national plans and strategies, and UN systems, initiatives, and development frameworks.
  • Coordinate and participate in UN-wide and development partner discussions on SDGs and represent UNFPA in inter-agency meetings, ensuring smooth cooperation with other UN agencies in DPRK.

Technical Support and Capacity Building:

  • Support the Representative in positioning UNFPA as the leading UN Agency on sexual and reproductive health and population and development in DPRK.
  • Ensure compliance of programme implementation with UNFPA corporate technical and programme policies and guidelines.
  • Assess implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution and ensure their integration as relevant.
  • Assess national-level technical assistance needs in substantive programme areas and coordinate and lead capacity development activities to enhance the skills and capacities of government personnel from Health, Statistics, and other relevant ministries.
  • Develop institutional capacities of ministries in undertaking surveys, policy, programmatic research assessments and studies, censuses, and data management as 'Centers of Excellence'.
  • Facilitate the development of educational institutions, specifically in midwifery and demography, to international standards in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
  • Provide technical guidance and notes on policy reforms related to the ICPD, including population and sustainable development.
  • Ensure the analysis and synthesis of substantive trends, emerging needs, and research findings in the country to produce new, cutting-edge technical knowledge.

Partnerships and Advocacy:

  • Support the Representative in conducting policy dialogue with the Government, UN, and other development partners to incorporate and position UNFPA’s priorities and agenda into national plans and strategies, and UN systems, initiatives, and development frameworks.
  • Participate in UN-wide and development partner discussions on SDGs and represent UNFPA in inter-agency meetings, ensuring smooth cooperation with other UN agencies in DPRK.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships, promoting strategic partnerships and alliances with counterparts in government, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, and other stakeholders to address emerging issues, and effectively influence diverse stakeholders to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.
  • Support advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the Country Office by ensuring the preparation of relevant documentation, such as project summaries and funding proposals, conference papers, speeches, and donor profiles, and participating in related meetings with the government and other stakeholders.
  • Translate global strategies into country-specific advocacy strategies, including creating and delivering evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA’s programme goals, considering political and social sensitivities.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Country Representative.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related social science discipline.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme management and/or development, including project designing, appraisal and management, relevant to population and development activities
  • 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 written and oral communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships.
  • Field experience and prior experience in the UN system is an asset.


Fluency in English

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships,
  • Delivering results-based Programme,
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

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 Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA's workforce - click here to learn more.


Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank accounts.

Applicants for positions in the international Professional and higher categories, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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