Reproductive Health Analyst at The United Nations Population Fund, Kaduna, Nigeria

Organizational Setting
The Position

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Resident Representative & Deputy Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator/ Head of the Office , UNFPA / Kaduna Decentralized Office for Northern Nigeria , the National Programme Analyst (Reproductive Health) 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 reproductive health update in the country

The role 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 would be responsible for the following:

  • In collaboration with State Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners contributes substantively to integrate reproductive health and rights dimensions in UNFPA programming, monitoring and evaluation and ensure that reproductive health and rights  issues are  taken into account in addressing population issues.
  • Provides technical assistance in the states under the decentralized office within the framework of agreed work plans for successful implementation of the Reproductive Health and Rights component of the Country Programme.
  • Help to create and document knowledge about current and emerging reproductive health and rights issues, by analyzing programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and shares with the UNFPA team for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies.
  • Assist in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the Decentralized Office by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, donor profiles and participating in donor meetings and public information events.
  • Create and deliver effective evidence-based advocacy messages to promote UNFPA’s programme goals taking into account political and social sensitivities.
  • Mobilize government counterpart obligations and explore opportunities for additional resources in support of  Reproductive Health and Rights initiatives in the states under the  UNFPA/ Kaduna  Decentralized Office.
  • Promote UNFPA visibility in the states under the zonal office.
  • Analyze and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, reproductive health and gender and identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.  Keep abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks.
  • Monitor the RH and Rights content of the  UNFPA country programme, ensuring that it is in line with the National Strategic Framework  and all policies and plans for the effective and efficient provision of RH services.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders (Governments, NGOs and CBOs) in the design of materials pertaining to RH, ARH, IEC/BCC advocacy in support of the implementation of RH programme.
  • Undertake advocacy activities with policy makers at all level to ensure sustained support for utilization of RH services.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by UNFPA Deputy Representative and/or  UNFPA Kaduna Head of Office.

Qualifications and Experience

Possess an MBBS and a Master’s degree in Public Health and/or other related Social Science field would be desirable.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Possess professional experience of  a minimum of  one year preferably in  programme/project management in the public or private sector  linked to reproductive health and rights  issues.
  • Be experienced in working with government institutions and donor organizations.
  • Experienced in working in Northern Nigeria/
  • Be familiar with issues on population, reproductive health, gender and youth.
  • A good understanding of Hausa  language

Have a strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written 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;
• Results-based programme development and management;
• Leveraging the resources of national governments & partners;
• Building strategic alliances and partnerships;
• Innovation and marketing of new approaches;
• Resource mobilisation; and
• Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise.


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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