Independent Chairperson

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) New York City , United States
Lirio, Roland Mr_Photo
Role managed by
Rolando Rivera Liro Researcher

About the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, works in partnership with governments, the UN system, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilize the support and resources needed to achieve its mission to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled in development and humanitarian settings.
UNFPA is a field-focused organization, operating in 155 countries and territories, and employs 4,500 personnel globally. UNFPA mobilizes more than $1 billion a year to support programmes that protect the health and rights of women and girls. UNFPA is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations overseen by the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board. UNFPA is mandated to work on sexual and reproductive health and family planning and has been providing development and humanitarian assistance to developing countries in these areas since 1969.
The inter-related areas of UNFPA work are sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, adolescent and youth empowerment, and population data for development. The organization’s work is guided by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action and subsequent reviews, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can find further details on their website https://www.unfpa.org/

About the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Supplies

UNFPA Supplies – a multilateral, multi-donor, UNFPA-managed thematic trust fund –is the world’s largest provider of donated contraceptives. The programme provides over 40 percent of all contraceptives donated to developing countries and helps strengthen health systems to deliver them. Since its inception in 2007, the programme has mobilized over US$1 billion to support national action to expand access to family planning for millions of the world’s poorest women and girls. UNFPA Supplies is uniquely positioned to support countries in their efforts to ensure universal health coverage (UHC), helping to build stronger, integrated health systems that will ensure access to and use of rights-based family planning services, contraceptives, and maternal health medicines.
UNFPA Supplies was established as a UNFPA trust fund under the authority of Article V (“Trust Funds”) of the UNFPA Financial Regulations. UNFPA Supplies adheres to the tenants of the UN Charter, UNFPA financial regulations and UN staff regulations with oversight from the programme’s Steering Committee and subsidiary sub-committee structure.
UNFPA Supplies is governed through a tiered committee structure made up of key programme stakeholders and donors that provides strategic direction and management oversight. A Steering Committee approves programme strategy and key documents based on recommendations from three targeted sub-committees with deeper engagement and subject-matter expertise on finance and risk, strategy and planning, and human resources leadership. Broader stakeholder input and engagement is achieved through annual Partner Assembly meetings.
As UNFPA’s flagship thematic fund, the programme is the engine that drives UNFPA’s key agendas, including progress on all three of UNFPA’s transformative results by 2030: ending unmet need for family planning; ending preventable maternal deaths; and ending gender-based violence and all harmful practices. The mission of UNFPA Supplies is to contribute to ending unmet need for family planning by increasing equitable access to modern contraceptives. The beginning of Phase 3 of UNFPA Supplies (2021-2030) provides an opportunity to revisit and restructure the governance of the programme. To be fit for purpose, and to maintain accountability to its mandate and donors, the programme is undergoing a transition process that is geared toward the effective design, resource allocation and management that caters for effectiveness and efficiency, value for money and sustainable impact. To this end, new TORs have been developed for the governance structures. The transition period of 2020 will allow for the creation of the three subcommittees initially on an interim basis so that lessons learned can be incorporated into modified TORs by the end of 2020.
You can find further details on their website https://www.unfpa.org/unfpa-supplies

Independent Chairperson, Steering Committee Role Profile

The Chairperson of the Steering Committee will be independent of the UNFPA structure and will provide an external and neutral perspective in the facilitation and management of the UNFPA Supplies Steering Committee meetings. Partnering with the programme leader and Steering Committee members, the Steering Committee Independent Chairperson will be responsible for ensuring smooth and effective functioning of the Steering Committee which would include creating an equal space for discussion amongst all partners, elevating the most important discussions and decisions to the agenda, facilitating discussions, and building consensus to drive decision-making for the programme.
The Independent Chairperson, Steering Committee achieves the vision of UNFPA Supplies by specifically:
  • Managing the Steering Committee meetings/agenda
  • Acting as a thought partner for programme leader
  • Acting as the spokesperson for the programme

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage Steering Committee meetings/agenda
  • Partner with programme leader and subcommittee chairs to set Steering Committee and Partners’ Assembly agendas
  • Ensure appropriate procedures are followed for informed decision-making
  • Work with subcommittee chairs and programme leader to ensure that key discussions are brought to the Steering Committee for decision making
  • Partner with the programme leader to ensure Steering Committee and Partners’ Assembly time is used efficiently
  • Act as a neutral facilitator of Steering Committee decision making
  • Participate in strategic planning activities
  • Facilitate Steering Committee, Partners’ Assembly, and subcommittee membership and representational process
Act as a thought partner for programme leader
  • Act as an independent, impartial strategic thought partner for the programme
  • Coordinate the Leadership Committee’s contribution to the selection and evaluation of programme leader within UNFPA policies and procedures
Act as a spokesperson for the programme
  • Advocate for programme with partners
  • Garner relationships with funding partners and support resource mobilization
  • Coordinate with core civil society organizations and reference groups
  • Represent UNFPA Supplies in key global forums and speak for the organization when needed

Required Competencies

  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to the overall mission and objectives of UNFPA Supplies
  • Embracing cultural diversity and inclusion
  • 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

Required Skillset

  • Strategically positioning global health programmes
  • Providing conceptual innovation to support negotiations and programme effectiveness
  • Facilitating the use of knowledge and information for decision-making
  • Internal and external relationship management and advocacy

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate should have:
  • Extensive executive leadership experience in business, government, nonprofit, or philanthropy sector;
  • Credibility as a global thought leader in global health, reproductive health commodity security (RHCS) or development;
  • Track record of building credibility within the funding community and achieving results;
  • Demonstrated success as a nonprofit board member or chairperson;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to work with a diverse range of partners from public and private sectors;
  • Extremely strong communications skills, with the ability to inspire confidence and enthusiasm among external partners, proven skills in facilitating discussions, building consensus, and mediating disputes among diverse stakeholders and internally lead constructive discussions and drive strong performance; and
  • Experience and analytical skills required to provide oversight of strategy development and business reviews.

Terms of Appointment

UNFPA Supplies Steering Committee Independent Chairperson will be recruited for an initial term of one year with the potential for a two-year extension.
UNFPA Supplies Steering Committee Independent Chairperson will be a pro-bono position formalized under a UNFPA consultancy contract. However, expenses related to the performance of the role of Independent Chairperson will be covered by the programme in accordance with the UNFPA Travel Policy.
The incumbent should be prepared and able to dedicate approximately 30 days per year to UNFPA Supplies matters. This commitment may not be uniformly distributed throughout the calendar year and should include attendance at two Steering Committee meetings a year as well as other regular visits to UNFPA Headquarters in New York as required. The Independent Chairperson shall communicate regularly with the programme leader and Subcommittee Chairpersons, Steering Committee members, UNFPA, partners and other stakeholders between Steering Committee meetings. The Independent Chairperson should be able and willing to travel as a representative of UNFPA, in some cases to locations with security, economic and infrastructural challenges. No honorarium is provided, but expenses related to the performance of the role of Independent Chairperson will be covered by the programme in accordance with the UNFPA Travel Policy. While travelling as a representative of UNFPA, the Independent Chairperson will be designated as an expert on a mission under the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, providing him or her with functional immunity protection in connection with his or her services as Independent Chairperson of the UNFPA Supplies Steering Committee.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Colm Ashe at [email protected] on or before 20th October 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by UNFPA to undertake this assignment.

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