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Job ID: 40686

Location: East and Southern Africa

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Rotation: This post is non-rotational.

Duty Station: Port Louis, Mauritius

Closing Date: 24 January 2021 (5pm, Port Louis time)

Duration: One year*

Post Type: Fixed Term Appointment

Please note that this vacancy is open to nationals of Mauritius.  

*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5

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Organizational Setting


The Position:

The Head of Office leads effective implementation of the Government-UNFPA country programmes in Mauritius and Seychelles in response to national priorities and towards achieving sustainable development for women, adolescents and youth. Reporting directly to the non-resident Country Director based in Madagascar, who provides oversight and strategic guidance, and with reporting lines to the UN Resident Coordinator covering both countries, the Head of Office ensures delivery of transformative results in line with realizing the ICPD Programme of Action (PoA) and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda 2063.

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 new strategic plan (2022-2025), through its interdependent pathways accelerates progress towards achieving Transformative results of ending preventable maternal deaths; ending unmet need for family planning; and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices. In East and Southern Africa region, in response to the HIV prevalence, ending sexual transmission of HIV is a regional flagship result area.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that have the ability to transform and inspire teams to deliver high impact and sustained results. The organization is seeking candidates who embody the values, ethics and integrity of the United Nations, including, human rights norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction; we need staff who will excel in transparent, and efficient management of corporate resources entrusted to the country office and who commit to deliver excellence in programme and operations results.

Job Purpose:

In a highly complex operating environment in Mauritius and Seychelles, the Head of Office will be responsible for establishing and promoting partnerships and strategic alliances with counterparts in government, UN system, multi/bilateral agencies, civil society, private-sector and other stakeholders in the country to develop, implement, monitor and report on programmes that respond to national priorities and efforts to advance the ICPD Programme of Action and achievement of the SDGs.

S/he will be expected to analyze relevant political, social and economic trends in Mauritius and Seychelles, to provide substantive inputs to programme design, project formulation and evaluation, joint programming endeavors and integrate the ICPD Agenda within respective national development frameworks.

S/he will substantively contribute to the effective management of UNFPA programmes in Mauritius and Seychelles, in ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, across the applicable humanitarian, development and peace contexts. In addition, S/he will provide oversight and accountability for monitoring results achieved during programme implementation and guiding the appropriate application to strengthen systems and procedures in both countries.

In addition, as a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the Head of Office has mutual accountability with the Resident Coordinator (RC) on contributions and support for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and other inter-agency frameworks and agreements of the UNCT.

S/he actively supports the RC/UNCT and strategically positions UNFPA’s work within the context of the UNSDCF development and implementation, which informs the UNCT activities and composition, and the specific focus of UNFPA country programme.

The Head of Office is responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of UNFPA programmes, and acts under delegated authority from the non-resident Country Director who maintains an overall accountability for the achievement of UNFPA strategic results in the country.

The Head of Office embedded within the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator will ensure the required collaborations for programme implementation, while also managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of high-quality results. S/he is accountable for ensuring a respectful, non-discriminatory, and nurturing working environment for all team members  and partners collaborating with UNFPA.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities


Duties and Responsibilities for Mauritius and Seychelles

A. Programme leadership, planning and management

Conducting policy dialogue with Government, UN System and other development partners to incorporate UNFPA’s priorities and agenda into national plans and strategies, UNSDCF and other joint initiatives and development frameworks;

Translating global agreements into country-specific advocacy strategies to promote the national plans. This includes creating and delivering evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA’s programme goals, taking into account political and social sensitivity.

Ensuring application of Results Based Management principles in all phases of country programme development and implementation, integrating innovative policies and strategies into the design and formulation of country programme, sub-programmes and projects.

Identifying, providing and coordinating inputs into programme development and implementation, ensuring programme monitoring and oversight, and coordinating and evaluating the inputs of technical experts.

Promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning. This includes testing, evaluating and documenting innovative strategies and best practices inside and outside UNFPA and replicating and embedding these as appropriate.

Coordinate the development and implementation of UNFPA's humanitarian and preparedness actions/efforts in-country

B. Partnerships, advocacy and resource mobilization

Representing UNFPA at technical and high-level meetings under delegated authority from UNFPA non-resident Country Director and in consultation with the UN RC;

Pursuing innovative ways to manage strategic partnerships with key national and international in-country stakeholders in advancing the ICPD Agenda and UNFPA’s mandate

Leading resource mobilization efforts by identifying potential donors, implementing the resource mobilization strategy, preparing proposals including outlining co-financing resources for support to the country programme, and supporting the government and other agencies in coordinating assistance for programmes.

Promote South-South cooperation for the achievement of the ICPD goals

C. Support to the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team

Actively supporting the RC within the context of the UNSDCF (i.e the home grown Strategic Partnership Framework - SPF) results framework, including in policy and technical support as appropriate and within available means to achieve agreed UNCT results.

Ensuring that the ICPD Agenda and UNFPA’s transformative results are fully considered and integrated in the UNSDCF (SPF) development planning and agenda/priority setting for the achievement of the SDGs;

Representing UNFPA at UNCT and Security Management Team (SMT) in accordance with the UNCT working arrangements, unless the non-resident Country Director is in-country.

Participating in the Common Assessment (CA) and UNSDCF (SFP) planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, including through chairing/co-chairing the UNSDCF (SPF) and other inter-agency results/theme groups at the country level.

Supporting the RC in coordinated resource mobilization efforts for joint UN efforts.

Participating in RC and UNCT members’ performance appraisal.

D. Leading and managing the country team

Under the overall guidance of the non-resident Country Director, managing country team staff; foster motivation, empowerment, learning and career management. Attract and retain the highest calibre of staff for the Country Office

Setting standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the Country Office Strategic Information System

Managing resources entrusted to you through delegation of authority, to ensure effective achievement of results, maximum value for money, and achievement of efficiencies in programme and operations delivery

Ensuring that the Country Office complies with UNFPA policies and procedures, corporate requirements and audit recommendations, including related financial and programme monitoring systems

Ensuring the safety, security and of UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and UNFPA Security Accountability Policies and procedures.

Ensuring a work environment free from harassment, sexual harassment and abuse.

​​Ensure that all programme beneficiaries are protected against sexual abuse and exploitation committed by any actor affiliated with UNFPA in any way, and that they are informed of reporting mechanisms for sexual abuse and exploitation. Ensuring timely and appropriate action is taken in response to any such reports, in line with corporate requirements and standards.

Actively participate in Security Management Team (SMT) meetings, ensure UNFPA’s safety and security concerns are adequately addressed in local security management system.

Ensure the safety and security of personnel and their eligible dependents in compliance with established UNSMS and UNFPA security policies and processes.

Ensure that the CO has a functional Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

Ensuring the effective daily functioning of the Country Office.

Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.


Qualifications and Experience



Advanced university degree in Population Studies, Demography, Statistics, Public Health, or related Social Science field.

Knowledge and Experience:

At least 7 years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience in developmental work;

Excellent organization management skills, and leadership attention to detail, precision and accuracy as applicable;

Demonstrated ability to provide oversight and strategic guidance for country programme design to ensure alignment to national priorities/capacities;

Proven ability to effectively lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results, including ensuring accountability for results;

Excellent internal and external communication skills to foster 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 commitment to the principles and Charter of the United Nations;

Ability to identify the relative merits of different policy arguments in the broad or specific thematic area, applying principles and reasoned personal view in a logical and coherent way including presentation of reasoned choice between alternative opinions and solutions.

Ability to conceptualize and to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Ability to organize information using appropriate mode of presentation and style and to communicate effectively, illustrating relevance of information to the intended audience.

Ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products in English

Ability to promote knowledge management and a learning environment.

Field experience is a requirement.


Fluency in English.

Required Competencies


Exemplifying integrity

Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system

Embracing diversity in all its forms

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 resource mobilization;

Leading Global Advocacy for organizational priorities;

Creating visibility for the organization;

Mobilizing Resources.

Managerial Competencies:

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


UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary plus annual leave, health insurance and other benefits.



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