Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Specialist

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

UNFPA in DPRK is seeking a potential candidate (to be based in Bangkok, Thailand) that can transform, inspire, and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need UNVs who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in program results. UNFPA has been operating in DPRK since 1985. The 6th Country Programme Document (CPD 2017-2023; pending extension to 2025) of UNFPA DPR Korea began its implementation in January 2017 in sexual and reproductive health and data for policy and programming. The Country Programme, which adopts a holistic approach, integrating humanitarian considerations with longer term development focuses on: •Increasing national capacity to deliver comprehensive maternal health and integrated sexual and reproductive health services; and •Strengthening national capacity to produce, analyze and disseminate high quality, disaggregated population data, including support to the 2018 Census. In the absence of an international SRH expert, a humanitarian-cum-SRH specialist will be required to support the Country Office (CO) in implementing and monitoring the implementation of the regular SRH program in 2024 as well as the humanitarian response program on sexual and reproductive health and the country program evaluation. In this regard, the CO is looking for a UNV with expertise in sexual and reproductive health to support the CO with implementation of its SRH program, both regular and humanitarian and oversee population and development activities in 2024.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of The Resident Representative of the UNFPA-DPRK CO. or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV [SRH Specialist] will:

1.Support the CO in the implementation of the SRH component of the regular country programme in the following initiatives: •Help finalize the revised/updated SRH training modules in line with international standards; •Guide various capacity building interventions in SRH components of Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer, STI/RTI, family planning, EmONC, MPDSR, MISP etc.; •Coordinate revision of the ICM standards-based midwifery curriculum in midwifery schools and facilitate knowledge enhancement of faculties to latest developments in midwifery education by interfacing with the Burnet University, Melbourne; •Assist any periodic national reviews on SRH and help in finalization of the report(s); and •Facilitate national counterparts in updating the National SRH Strategy.

2.Support the CO to plan, develop and implement humanitarian programs •Help the Representative to develop project proposals on humanitarian assistance; •Monitor and track distribution of UNFPA procured life-saving essential SRH commodities; and •Work closely with the CO team to plan for activities, work with partners and participate in inter-agency/inter-cluster/working group meetings.

3.Support the Country Programme Evaluation •Help prepare the ToRs for the international consultants; •Provide logistical support to the international consultants and coordinate with the staff members; •Support the CPE review process; and •Review draft CPE reports and provide inputs for finalization

4.Assist in positioning UNFPA’s issues appropriately, especially in SRH across the various sectors, including health sector by participating in inter-agency technical meetings, particularly the health sector, data group and nutrition working group meetings;

5.Assist in the preparation of advocacy material and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners;

6.Provide written input to Joint UN Snapshots/Situation Reports and prepare SitReps as well as internal information briefs for the CO team and relevant units as needed;

7.Support CO to implement the SRH program with monitoring and report writing in coordination with other national and international staff

8.Perform any other duties as required by the Representative.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programs mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

•Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); •Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; •Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. •Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; •Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; •Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. 13.Results/expected outputs: •As an active UNFPA-DPRK CO team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNFPA and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: 1.Ensured completion of the SRH capacity development programs; 2.Helped finalize the updated national SRH strategy and midwifery education curriculum; 3.Developed at least one advocacy brief and a proposal for resource mobilization on SRH and humanitarian programming coordinating with other health sector partners; and 4.Reviewed the SRH component of the CPE and helped in its finalization •Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment •A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNFPA; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNFPA procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNFPA in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNFPA’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

medical and/or public health or another relevant field of specialization; experience with public health is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization; • Required professional work experience of at least for 3-5 years at the national and/or international level in SRHR programming; particularly in curriculum development, training, assessment, implementation, and monitoring of national reproductive health strategies; • Knowledge and experience in the field of program development and management, including budget management is desirable; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment; • Excellent command of English (written and oral); • Excellent analytical and report writing skills, facilitation, and communication skills; • Proficiency in computers - Microsoft Office

This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

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