Deputy Representative

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United Nations Population Fund




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

The Deputy Representative serves as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the UNFPA Representative; s/he serves on the Country Management Team with other senior staff in programme and operations management. She/he serves on the UN Programme Management Team (PMT) and oversees the participation of programme/technical staff in relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) structures. In addition, she/he and the Humanitarian Programme Coordinator advise the Country Management Team on programme criticality.

Qualifications and Experience Required: 


  • Master’s degree/ Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or another related field.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, including programme designing, appraising and management.
  • Experience in humanitarian response programming is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities/capacities.   
  • Proven ability to lead and manage large multi-cultural teams to achieve demonstrable results.
  • Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing in English to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships in the assigned Country.
  • Strong interest in the development, humanitarian and peace response 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.  


  • Fluency in English is required. 
  • Fluency in Arabic is an advantage.





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