UNFPA Johannesburg, South Africa is looking for a Programme Coordinator: Apply!

UNFPA Johannesburg, South Africa is looking for a Programme Coordinator: Apply!

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 25 Jan 2024 05:00 AM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Johannesburg, South Africa

The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, the Programme Coordinator plays the leading role in the coordination, convening and implementation of the 2gether 4 SRHR programme. The Programme Coordinator is overall accountable for (1) convening of coordination meetings for the 2gether 4 SRHR programme, (2) managing the development of the annual work plans and budget, the development of annual and mid-year progress reports, (3) Overseeing programme implementation drawing on the implementation of the Joint Programme. (4) regional advocacy, representation and communication. The Programme Coordinator will also supervise team members as assigned by the Programme Manager.

Job Purpose:

The 2gether 4 SRHR Programme is a joint United Nations Regional Programme that brings together the combined efforts of UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people in East and Southern Africa, in particular adolescents and young people, women of reproductive age, men, key populations, and people affected by the crisis.
The goal of the second phase of 2gether 4 SRHR is to contribute towards the attainment of the SRHR-related targets of the SDGs 3 (Health and Well-being and SDG 5 (Gender Equality and empowerment), through:

  • Strengthening the legal, policy and financial environment to enable beneficiaries to access services and realise their SRHR rights.
  • Increasing access to and utilisation of quality, people-centred integrated SRHR services.
  • Addressing gender and social norms and behavioural drivers for the realization of SRHR for all.
  •  Ensuring Resilient health systems and communities are enabled to ensure the continuity of
    SRHR Services during crises.

As the Programme Coordinator you will be responsible for the effective coordination of programme implementation under the Delivering as One Modality, this includes; 

You would be responsible for: 

A. Ensuring that the programme is implemented under the Delivering as One modality through effective coordination of four partner UN agencies to ensure effective programme implementation:

  • Convene and prepare for statutory meetings of the joint programme including the Strategic Leadership Forum, the Regional Interagency Steering Committee, and the Regional Interagency Working Group. 
  • Oversee the development of the annual workplan in consultation with the Regional Interagency Working Group (RIWG) and Regional Interagency Thematic Teams (RITTs) and relevant units of UNFPA ESARO to be submitted to the Regional Interagency Steering Committee)
  • Oversee the development of the annual and mid-year progress with the Regional Interagency Working Group to be submitted to the Regional Interagency Steering Committee;
  • Ensure effective overall management of the staff assigned to supervise;
  • Guide and oversee financial and human resource management of the Programme, including procurement and logistical services, contracting of implementing partners and service providers – in line with UNFPA rules and regulations to ensure the effective implementation of the programme. 
  • Support the SRHR Programme Specialists to coordinate the implementation of the programme drawing on the thematic and sectoral synergies across the four agencies to ensure the successful of the programme. 

B. Provide oversight to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the 2gether 4 SRHR programme drawing on the programme implementation modalities to advance work in strategic programme areas aligned to the outcomes and outputs of the programme, in consultation with the four participating agencies. 

  • Support regional programme implementation through identifying opportunities to provide catalytic funding to countries to advance key areas of SRHR across the region. 
  • Promote interagency team work through annual planning and reporting meetings with the four participating agencies to develop the joint work plan and budgets to support programme implementation and monitoring and oversight meetings to report on progress made and share lessons learnt. 
  • Oversee the process for developing, soliciting and selecting countries to receive catalytic funding in accordance with the SOP through the Joint SRHR Fund Catalytic funding modality. This includes supporting selected countries to develop annual work plans and budgets, and to submit progress reports as defined by the programme. 
  • Ensure that the population and maintenance of the TA Hub as a technical resource to support the four implementing agencies and countries in the ESA region to access timely quality-assured TA. 
  • Support knowledge management and building through curating and ensuring that knowledge products generated through the programme, and partners are uploaded onto the Knowledge Hub. 
  • Identify, capture and disseminate lessons learned and best practices to contribute to learning on policing and development elsewhere;  

C. Work in partnership with regional stakeholders to track progress using peer review mechanisms and SRHR regional advocacy, representation and communication. 

  • Identify and promote additional areas of synergy and cooperation amongst UN agencies for joint implementation of this Programme, including agencies that are not part of the 2gether 4 SRHR programme. 
  • Build, support and strengthen regional partnerships by providing technical support to regional economic communities, regional forums of parliamentarians, and regional civil society partners to develop, implement, monitor and track progress in advancing key areas of SRHR across the region. 
  • Represent the programme as necessary in regional forums, meetings and engagements with key regional stakeholders.
  • Provide input to communications materials to promote Programme objectives.

D. Any other duties as delegated by the Programme Manager

Qualifications and Experience Required: 

Advanced university degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, International Development, International Relations or related field

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Minimum 7 years of professional progressive work experience in SRHR in East and Southern
    Africa, including in humanitarian settings.
  • Strong track record in programme management, management of high performing teams, results-
    based planning, monitoring and reporting, proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Proven experience in managing complex partnerships.
  • Experience in applying regional approaches to strengthen national outcomes beneficial.
  • Strong skills in managing interpersonal relationships, and teamwork.
  • Knowledge and previous experience managing multi-stakeholder programmes, with experience
    in managing joint UN programmes an advantage.
  • Experience in the use of office software packages, and handling of web-based management systems


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable

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