Programme Leader, Supplies Partnership (P6)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) New York, United States

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

The UNFPA Supplies Partnership is UNFPA’s largest thematic trust fund financed programme. It was established to ensure reproductive health commodities were available to women most in need in selected UNFPA partner countries. Over the last ten years, UNFPA Supplies has broadened its reach, expanded funding and undergone a series of reforms aimed at making it more efficient and even better value for money. According to its mid-term review, UNFPA Supplies has been successful in supporting countries to adopt good practices in reproductive health commodity security (RHCS) and family planning and has developed as a flexible funding mechanism to build capacity for RH service delivery. 
The Partnership is now on the point of entering a new five-year cycle and is once again, drawing on critical lessons learned and recommendations from the mid-term review to re-shape its objectives and remain fit for purpose in a changing global health landscape.  The Partnership is evolving to ensure that alongside the continued focus on expanding access to a choice of quality family planning commodities, countries and implementing partners also focus on building sustainable financing for critical reproductive health services and reposition reproductive health, especially family planning, at the heart of development.  The Partnership will expand choice and rights particularly through increasing access to commodities, sharpening its focus on last mile delivery, encouraging domestic resource mobilization for family planning and deepening sustainability especially through strengthening national commitment and national ownership. The Supplies Partnership will use its resources to identify opportunities to accelerate transformative action in countries with the greatest commitment to reproductive health services. Through its contribution to significant increases in Contraceptive Prevalence Rates and other improvements to key reproductive health indicators, the Supplies Partnership is poised to increase its catalytic role in the coming five year phase working in much better coordination with other partners, embracing effective development cooperation approaches and supporting national capacity beyond the health sector and advancing UNFPA’s contribution to universal health coverage and primary health care.

Supplies Partnership Leader Role Profile

The UNFPA Supplies Partnership Programme Leader will assume full leadership responsibility for the UNFPA Supplies Partnership consulting as necessary within UNFPA to ensure compliance while working under the overall direction of the Commodity Security Branch Chief. The Programme Leader will lead on all aspects of the evolution of the programme and its management, delivery, and communications at global, regional and country levels, as well as leading the team through a critical change management process within the programme and representing the programme both internally and externally.  The Programme Leader will have dual accountability to (a) the UNFPA hierarchy up to the Executive Director and Executive Committee and (b) to the UNFPA Supplies Partnership Steering Committee (SC), including executing decisions made by the SC on key strategic and operational issues for the programme.
The Programme Leader provides oversight for the management of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership, for the effective and efficient implementation of the Partnership and delivery of its objectives. S/He provides conceptual and operational support to regional offices and countries to ensure the realization of agreed results of each business unit receiving support from the Partnership. The Programme Leader builds strong collaborative relationships with Country Offices (COs) and Regional/Sub-regional Offices (ROs) to support the effective implementation of programmes. In all activities and working closely with the Global Non-Core Funds Management Unit, s/he fosters dialogue, collaboration and shares information with all concerned UNFPA HQ Divisions and Branches.
The Programme Leader speaks on behalf of the Partnership, takes the lead on representational matters and roles, communication and negotiations with donors and programme partners while also ensuring the overall coherence of programme policies and performance.
The primary roles are:
  • Programme leadership
  • Strategic technical oversight
  • Technical representation
  • Team management and capacity development
  • Stakeholder relations and engagement
  • Resource mobilization and management

Duties and Responsibilities

Major Activities/Expected Results
A. Programme Leadership
  • Take overall responsibility and provide oversight for ensuring all aspects of programme management are delivered to a high standard;
  • Coordinate implementation of programme management and governance changes introduced to the UNFPA Supplies programme in 2016 and in the design of the third phase (2021-2030)
  • Ensure overall coordination of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership programme with a view to maximizing the programme’s efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Provide technical oversight to the development of HQ work plans financed by UNFPA Supplies;
  • Working closely with the Global Non-Core Management Unit, ensure the application of effective planning, monitoring and evaluation to track programme implementation and provide country offices with ongoing feedback required for performance excellence;
  • Ensure integration and alignment of UNFPA Supplies Partnership objectives with global UNFPA RHCS goals and desired outcomes, and support harmonization of planning and monitoring components of the Supplies Partnership with corporate UNFPA reporting mechanisms such as MyResults;
B. Strategic Technical Support
  • Scan the substantive environment and maintain feedback loops on technical issues related to commodity security with the Technical Division, Programme Division, Regional Offices and Country Offices in order to identify potential gaps and needs and address them;
  • Identify and provide advice on UNFPA’s comparative and substantive role on RHCS and specific contribution in the changing development agenda;
  • Provide authoritative technical advice, guidance and support to UNFPA senior management, and HQ Divisions, Regional Offices and Country Offices, and UNFPA Supplies governance structures.
C. Technical Representation
  • Act as the visible leader of the Supplies Partnership for all partners, speaking on behalf of UNFPA on all matters related to the Partnership (delegating as appropriate).
  • Maintain and foster intellectual global partnerships in RHCS for advancing state-of-the-art knowledge;
  • Contribute to substantive RHCS technical capacity development of international institutions;
  • Coordinate the UNFPA technical network in RHCS, maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work; and
  • Foster and grow partnerships and collaboration at the global level, including within the UN System, foundations, private sector and NGOs, to ensure a functioning network that facilitates access to financial and technical resources, and broad-based knowledge management and knowledge sharing in FP and reproductive health commodity security;
  • Share lessons learned by the UNFPA Supplies Partnership.
  • Present briefing and background materials on UNFPA Supplies for TD and senior management and others as needed.
D. Team Management and Capacity Development
  • Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; lead the team through the process of change management; promote communication; encourage innovations; strengthen teambuilding through active participation and interaction at all levels; and foster staff engagement, development and empowerment; Promote an ethics-based approach in the Partnership towards the management of human and financial resources;
  • Direct, manage and supervise staff of the UNFPA Supplies Global Operations Team, including working closely with direct reports and relevant Regional Offices staff, to ensure countries are properly supported and that country programming is aligned with the UNFPA Supplies strategy, that policy guidance is provided, external partnerships are managed, innovation is supported, and knowledge & tools are developed and shared;
  • In collaboration with the Chief CSB, provide input to DHR on selection of UNFPA staffing for the UNFPA Supplies Partnership, and provide input into performance appraisal reviews of relevant staff working in other business units;
  • Maintain an overview of the capacity required by UNFPA and its implementing partners to ensure the delivery of UNFPA Supplies Partnership objectives and the achievement of critical results;
  • Work across the organization and with donors and other partners to identify capacity needs and take steps to address gaps.
  • Identify staff training needs, develop and deliver training packages in support of technical capability development including for UNFPA Supplies Global Operations, ROs and COs to ensure effective programming;
  • Share lessons learned from the UNFPA Supplies Partnership, and in coordination with CSB and TD staff, ensure their incorporation into the UNFPA Family Planning and SRHR knowledge products, and UNFPA knowledge management system. 
E. Stakeholder Relations and Engagement
  • Act as the visible leader of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership for all parts of the UNFPA system for the broader UN system, countries and for all Partnership donors and stakeholders.
  • Engage with the Steering Committee Independent Chairperson as needed to provide programmatic updates
  • Lead on fostering and strengthening strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, regional and international actors and development partners;
  • Oversee the development of fund-raising strategies and approaches for the UNFPA Supplies Partnership;
  • Engage with key internal and external partners on a day-to-day basis in representation of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership;
  • Identify potential partnerships and collaborations with other UN agencies (WHO; World Bank; etc.) and other partners (FP2020; USAID; IPPF, etc.) and in coordination with the Chief, CSB, and the Division for Communication and Strategic Partnerships (DCS), develop them;
  • Lead the necessary assessment of regional and country interventions for the purpose of technical partnerships;
  • Collaborate with UN agencies, academia, research and training institutions, professional societies, and act as focal point for inter-agency working groups in the substantive area.
F. Resource Mobilization and Management
  • Responsible for oversight of financial resource management for the achievement of expected results of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership and provide regular reporting within UNFPA as identified and agreed internally;
  • Ensure the financial sustainability of the Partnership through working closely with DCS and the Non-Core Funds Management unit (NCFMU) to ensure financial oversight of the Partnership, including regularly conducting projections of mobilized resources vs targets;
  • Propose and recommend financial requirements for the work of the UNFPA Supplies Global Operations team, and monitor the use of external resources to ensure sound financial management in compliance with UNFPA rules, regulations, and procedures;
  • Oversee the functioning of the various governance mechanisms (Strategy and Planning Committee, Finance and Risk Committee)
  • Lead on implementation of relevant audit recommendations for the UNFPA Supplies Partnership;

Required Competencies

Work Relations
External partners include UN agencies, bilateral donors, foundations, private sector, global organizations including centers of excellence, IGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks, academia, research institutions - establishing effective partnerships and building consensus for coordinated technical initiatives, building capacity; coordinating technical networks in the substantive area and report to and seek strategic guidance from program governing bodies.
Internal partners include UNFPA Programme and Regional Office Directors, Directors of other Divisions, Knowledge Management and Humanitarian response staff, as well as regional, sub-regional and country office technical staff:
  • Promoting knowledge sharing and collaborative working relationships in all aspects of UNFPA Supplies Partnership and establishes and maintains functional links for the exchange of lessons learned and documentation of best practices.
  • The Programme Leader promotes coordination and collaboration with the CSB Team, other Branches in TD; with the UNFPA technical network; with the Programme Division, including Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch; with UNFPA Regional Offices; and across UNFPA as a whole, ensuring the timeliness, relevance and quality of the work of the Branch.
  • Non-core Funds Management Unit (NCFMU), Division of Communications & Strategic Partnerships (DCS), especially with the Resources Mobilization (RMB) and the Strategic Partnerships (SPB) Branches of the Division; Procurement Services Branch

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post graduate degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other field directly related to the substantive area of work.
  • Exceptional candidates with significant relevant work experience and a master’s degree or equivalent will also be considered.
 Knowledge and Experience:
  • A minimum of 15 years’ of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development, of which at least 8 years in health and other development areas at the international level;
  • Leadership experience essential while demonstrated change management experience from a position of leadership is highly preferable.
  • Experience managing complex processes in multi-centered organizations across many countries;
  • Operational and managerial experience working specifically with demand for and supply of reproductive health commodities (or other health commodities) at the field level would be a strong advantage.
  • Strong management experience leading technical teams towards bold targets and goals
  • Proven skills and experience interacting with and being held accountable by donors and other partners;
  • Have an extensive network within the academic and development community;
  • Field experience is essential.
  • Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations;
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language, preferably French, is desirable.

Required Competencies:

  • Values: Exemplifying integrity; Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN System; Embracing Cultural Diversity
  • 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
  • Managerial Competencies: 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 Competencies:
    • Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda;
    • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships;
    • Delivering results-based programmes; Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization;
    • Strategically positioning UNFPA programmes;
    • Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness;
    • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information;
    • Providing a technical support system;
    • Strengthening the programming capacity of Country Offices;
    • Facilitating quality programmatic results;
Other Desirable Skills:
Initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment, strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with an initial one year contract, renewable based on satisfactory performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience to a P6 UN Level. A staff pension fund, staff health insurance, accident and illness insurance, voluntary group life insurance are included in the benefits package.

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 2nd November 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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