Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health/HIV (ASRH/HIV) at The United Nations Population Fund


Organizational Setting
The Position:

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Resident Representative & Deputy Representative and direct supervision of the Programme Specialist/Head, Lagos Liaison Office, NPA-ASRH/HIV analyses and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to project formulation and evaluation and joint programming initiatives to strengthen its Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV interventions among young people in both development and crisis situations.

The role provides technical and programmatic support to ensure that HIV Prevention and youth development are included in the broader context of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health as defined by the ICPD Programme of Action and are also firmly placed within the Nigerian youth and development agenda, including building on the demographic dividend and the achievement of the MDGs.

Responsibilities of the NPA include: leading, advising and providing technical expertise and programmatic support on priorities in the substantive areas including: prevention of teenage pregnancies, addressing feminization of HIV among young people, girl-child education, participation of young people in decision-making processes, life-skills, youth friendly SRH information and services, RH and HIV integration in the framework of the promotion of prong 1 & 2 of PMTCT, Most At Risk Populations (MARPs), data and information and research on youth and HIV dynamics, youth employment and entrepreneurship, and capacity development. S/he will also maintain technical partnerships on substantive issues and provide leadership to ensure that technical knowledge is updated, generated, collected and disseminated for effective technical, policy dialogues and evidence-based advocacy.

The role works closely with the RH team and the larger UNFPA Programme and Operations Teams using UNFPA and national systems and tools to deliver results. S/he will also work closely with different Nigerian Federal and State Ministry of Health Departments, Local Governments, NGOs and partners to enhance family planning uptake in the country.

The Programme Analyst substantively contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of reproductive health with a strong emphasis on supporting the implementation of the UNFPA Family Planning Strategy 2012-2020 –“Choices not Chance” at country level. S/he analyzes and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to programme formulation, support implementation, monitoring, and evaluation within national development frameworks and the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework.

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 (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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 UNFPA Supplies Programme is part of efforts to improve access to and utilization of family planning commodities worldwide. The Global Programme works with national governments to strengthen or establish secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable systems to ensure supply of and demand for reproductive health commodities, including contraceptives and condoms. With support from UNFPA Supplies, the UNFPA Country Office in the Federal Republic of Nigeria is working closely with Federal, States and Local Government counterparts in support of government-led efforts to increase mCPR, reduce unmet need for family planning and increase uptake of family planning information and services.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities
You will be responsible but not limited to the following

  • Play a leading and active role as the focal person for the UNFPA ASRH and HIV Prevention programme and in collaboration with relevant State Ministries/MDAs, State AIDS Control Agency (SACAs), as well as other partner organizations to ensure effective implementation of ASRH and HIV/AIDS activities as envisaged in the Annual Work Plans.
  •  Provide technical expertise to guide the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes related to young people’s sexual and reproductive health in the context of the National Youth Policy, National Youth Health and Development Plan of Action, National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, IMNCH Strategy, National and Presidential HIV Prevention Strategies, and related State-level instruments.
  • Conduct in development programme and in the humanitarian settings (i) cross-sectoral gender sensitive research on youth and HIV prevention; and (iii) mapping of youth and HIV prevention programmes in UNFPA focus States in the South-South and South-East identifying the risks and opportunities to strengthen the position of youth in decision-making processes at all levels and to scale up HIV prevention.
  • Support innovative means to reach out to the larger youth and adult population, and MARPs, and facilitate evidence-based advocacy campaigns for making social investments in: (i) youth and youth participation in planning, designing and implementing policies and programmes at States and LGA levels; (ii) HIV prevention.
  • Facilitate the strengthening of capacity in the provision of ASRH information and services and HIV prevention.
  • Facilitate training of youth networks and government institutions to strengthen their capacity to collect, analyze and utilize data for advocacy and planning purposes respectively. Provide technical and facilitation support to youth and government partners to ensure the development of State youth policies, including sectoral strategies and programmes.
  • Lead in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts in the areas of ASRH and HIV prevention by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, donor profiles and participating in donor meetings and public information events.
  • Lead the development and operationalization of national youth-friendly policies, strategies and programmes at States and community levels in close collaboration with Federal and State governments, UN Agencies, NGOs and other partners.
  • Encourage young employment and entrepreneurship initiatives and find resources to reinforce their capacities in basic financial literacy, entrepreneurial spirit, market needs, product/project  development, social responsibility, graphic presentation and oral communication.
  • Contribute substantively to the harmonization and coordination of the activities of the various UN agencies in line with the UN reform, especially in relation to coordination of youth and HIV activities (Delivery as One, UNH4, UN Division of Labour on HIV/AIDS, etc.).
  • Support the collection (including through operational research) of lessons learnt and best practices that enhance the effectiveness of ASRH and HIV interventions, disseminate to stakeholders, and advocate for scaling up of the ASRH and RH/HIV integration programmes.
  • Undertake any other assignments as may be required by the UNFPA Representative, Deputy Representative or  Programme Specialist/Head, Lagos Liaison Office

Qualifications and Experience

Post-graduate degree in the field of Public Health, Social Work, Gender Studies or a related field.
Knowledge and Experience

  • At least one year relevant professional experience – preferably in programme management in the public or private sector in the area of youth development and/or reproductive health, two of which should be in the area of ASRH/youth and HIV programming.
  • Have proven experience in working with youth and HIV networks and programmes affiliated to youth development and mobilization, and HIV prevention.
  • Have humanitarian experience is an asset.
  • Have proven experience in capacity building, documentation of good practices, knowledge and information management, advocacy and social mobilization for youth and HIV programmes.
  • Demonstrate solid capacity to integrate COVID-19 prevention measures in the programme designing, implementing and monitoring.
  • Proficient in current MS software applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint,

Fluent in both written and spoken English; knowledge of major local language(s) is an asset.

Required Competencies

· Exemplifying integrity
· Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
· Embracing cultural diversity
· Embracing change


■ Commitment to UNFPA Values and Guiding Principles;
■ Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment/Performance Management;
■ Team Work/Communication/Self-Management
■ Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation and Commitment to Excellence/Decision Making;
■ Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning

■ Ability to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team of specialists
■ Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
■ Results-based programme development and management
■ Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
■ Innovation and marketing of new approaches
■ Resource mobilization (Programme)

Job knowledge
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.


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