Assistant Representative, Armenia
Country Office, NO-C
The Assistant Representative establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues and to facilitate programme delivery.
Internal contacts include the Representative, Country Director, the CO’s programme/technical team, other divisions/branches at HQ, the RO and counterparts in other country offices. External contacts include other UN agencies in country, development partners/donors and counterparts and partners in Country programme activities, including international NGOs, experts etc.
The Assistant Representative is located in the UNFPA Country Office in Yerevan, Armenia and reports to the UNFPA/UNDP Representative and UNFPA Country Director. S/he acts on behalf of the Representative/Country Director in his/her absence.
The Assistant Representative has a dual role. S/he is the primary implementer of the Country Programme as well as playing a leadership role with a programme team in the country office. The assistant Representative substantively contributes to the management of UNFPA activities in the areas of population and development, reproductive health and gender. Acting as an analyst/advisor, the Assistant Representative proactively provides the Representative and Country Director with information on achievement of results in the implementation of UNFPA programmes. Secondly, the Assistant Representative ensures the appropriate positioning of the ICPD agenda within the national context and in partnership with sister agencies, development partners and civil society, including the media and parliament.
Main Tasks & Responsibilities
- Analyzes population and development, reproductive health, youth and gender issues in the country to provide substantive inputs to institutional responses and advocacy strategies taking into account political and social sensitivities. Takes opportunity to advocate and advance UNFPA’s policy agenda by participating national development processes and in public information events.
- Creates substantive knowledge of population and development, reproductive health and gender issues in the country, assesses technical assistance needs in these areas and advises on suitability of programmes and projects to meet these needs. Addresses policy issues and provides substantive inputs to facilitate policy dialogue and incorporation of these policies into national plans and strategies, and UN systems initiatives and development frameworks.
- Provides substantive leadership and inputs into the design and formulation of programmes and projects translating UNFPA’s mandate and strategic priorities into local interventions and responding to Government plans and priorities. Introduces into the project formulation process the results of programme and project reviews and evaluations, best practices, as well as innovative strategies, approaches and policies.
- Advises and reports on achievement of programme and project results, proactively measuring substantive progress and effective utilization of financial and human project resources using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools. Leads programme and project implementation, guiding and orienting executing agencies and project personnel, and introducing effective modalities and practices of implementation.
- Creates and documents knowledge by evaluating programmes, projects and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices and replicable strategies and approaches and actively shares and applies this knowledge. Creates mechanisms to collect and share knowledge.
- Contributes to resource mobilization strategy by analyzing information on potential donors, preparing substantive briefs and project proposals in line with donor priorities, creating feedback mechanisms and providing information on progress of donor funded projects. Identifies
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.
Knowledge and Experience
- 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, preferably in advocacy and policy dialogue; programme design, appraisal and management; and resource mobilization;
- Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships.
Fluency in English is required. A working knowledge of another UN language such as French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian may be required.
- Exemplifying integrity
- Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
- Embracing cultural diversity
- Embracing change
- 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
- Providing strategic focus
- Engaging internal/ external partners and stakeholders
- Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance
- Making decisions and exercising judgment
Functional Skill Set
- 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 results mobilization
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