Technical Specialist, Maternal Health/Family Planning, Kampala, Uganda, ICS-11 (P4)

UNFPA / FNUAP - Kampala (Ouganda)

Reference 2478

Type of Contract CDD

Duration of Contract 1 an ou plus

Work Experience Au moins 5 ans

Application Deadline 03/04/2014

Position n° 184

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About the employer / working context



DUTY STATION:     Kampala, Uganda

DURATION:     One year (renewable)1

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:      East and Southern Africa Regional Office

This post is non-rotational.

Organizational Setting

The Technical Specialist- MH/FP post is located in the UNFPA Uganda office in Kampala. Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Representative the International Technical specialist will coordinate and oversee the SRHR component of the Country Programme, including providing technical support to the implementation of the consolidated annual work plan  for strengthening integration of Family Planning, Maternal Health, HIV Prevention and Gender Based Violence services in the 7th GOU/UNFPA Country program. The position is available immediately for an initial period of one (1) year.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main Tasks & Responsibilties

In collaboration with the national counterpart (Government and Civil Society), UN agencies and other partners, the International Technical specialist-MH/FP contributes substantially to reducing family planning unmet needs, increasing coverage of EmONC, strengthening the institutional framework for the management of human resources in maternal health and family planning, improving the availability and accessibility of quality reproductive health services, with active community involvement. He/she oversees the implementation of the consolidated Annual Work Plan (AWP) for strengthening integration of Family Planning, Maternal Health, HIV Prevention and Gender Based Violence services, particularly in the core districts covered by the program. He/she ensures the quality of interventions and outcomes : (i) best practices and lessons learned in the management of the work plan , (ii) leadership, governance, coordination , monitoring and evaluation at all levels of the program cycle for the promotion of Family Planning, Maternal Health, HIV and Gender for accelerating maternal mortality reduction and Uganda’s  sustainable development.


The Technical specialist will accomplish the following tasks:

A. Effective advocacy, policy dialogue, coordination and management of multi-stakeholder programs in support of the national response in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, with focus on maternal health and family planning.

  • Develop a synthesis of all programs and projects funded by Uganda UNFPA Country Office in the field of maternal health, family planning, HIV, GBV and protection of sexual and reproductive health of young girls showing synergies, complementarities, and any duplication. This summary document will have a clear strategic vision. It will take into account the extended United Nation Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the extended Country Program Action Plan (2014-2015) and the Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Sharpened plan for Uganda and show interactions, complementarities; potential duplication with the action plans of sister agencies such as UNICEF and WHO as well as other related national and international NGO programs. It will propose a joint action plan with other agencies in the field of interventions to reduce maternal mortality, especially pillars: FP, Commodity Security, Sexual Health of Adolescents and Young people, EmONC, Goal oriented Antenatal care, deliveries attended by qualified staff, preventing HIV transmission from mother to child and prevention and response to Gender Based violence
  • Exploit studies, research and available data in Uganda on maternal health, family planning and the girl child, and maintain statistics relating thereto, with a view to updating indicators of maternal health;
  • Contribute to the creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting the results, lessons learned, successes and best practices, strategies and innovative approaches to promoting integrated maternal health, family planning and HIV programs
  • Report regularly on progress in maternal health/family planning/HIV/GBV and share  information with the various actors in the context of improving intervention strategies in this regard;
  • Contribute to the Annual Work Plan  evaluation and development of the Annual Work Plans for integrated reproductive health services strengthening

B. Technical support to development and implementation of national SRH, FP and RHCS related strategies

  • Contribute to the substantive elaboration and adaptation of UNFPA Strategic Plan, its family planning strategy and to its implementation in the country
  • Provide the GOU/UNFPA Country program with Technical Assistance and advice on the strategic direction for strengthening the delivery, access to and quality of integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, formulate recommendations on potential critical maternal and sexual and reproductive health issues and provide advice in respect to health sector progress including Millennium Development Goals progress.
  •  Provide technical assistance to national partners to scale-up quality health services to ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning, skilled birth attendance, emergency obstetric and newborn care,
  • Participate in the implementation and monitoring of Annual Work Plan activities by conducting field visits, participating in review meetings and missions evaluation and preparing quarterly and annual reports on the progress;
  • Strengthen national capacities in Reproductive Health for: i) conducting needs assessments in the field of EmNOC and FP; ii) achieving cost estimates of developed plans and rapidly mobilize the resources required for their implementation; iii) conducting the political dialogue for growth and the equitable distribution of qualified heath providers, particularly midwives for skilled attendance at birth iv) contributing to equitable access to reproductive health services, including for the poor; v) proposing initiatives to address the deep causes of maternal mortality, including gender inequalities vi) improving  monitoring and evaluation; vii) contributing to strengthening mutual accountability mechanisms to ending preventable maternal and newborn death including but not limited to Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) and National Health Accounts analyses 
  •  Contribute to the implementation of Uganda’s initiatives on reduction of maternal and newborn mortality including Uganda’s FP scale up plan, Uganda’s Catalytic action plan on Life saving commodities etc

CResource mobilization in support of SRH (especially MH and FP) priorities based on evidence informed interventions and maximizing value for money

  • Contribute to the mobilization of financial resources for: i) the promotion of family planning, ii) the promotion of maternal health; iii ) strengthening Reproductive Health Commodity Security, iv ) the protection of the girl child, preparing adequate documentation and participating in meetings of donors;

D. Strengthened partnerships, especially within the UN family to mainstream UNFPA strategic plan priorities in the country and among donor interventions.

  • Strengthen partnership with other UN agencies, and civil society organizations for the planning, implementation and monitoring of high impact interventions to reduce maternal mortality; specifically FP, access to and use of essential life-saving commodities as well as investing in maternal and newborn care
  • Participate in the UNFPA and FP2020 technical networks  on Family Planning maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work;
  • E. Perform any other duties as assigned by the UNFPA Representative/ supervisor in the area of his/her competences.

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Experience

Education:  Advanced university degree or equivalent in Medicine, public health, population studies, Health Statistics or related fields

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Seven years of relevant and increasingly responsible experience in managing RH or health programmes, of which at least five years national and/or international experience in advising on SRH programmes RH commodities, health systems and supply management. Professional experience as Technical Specialist to Ministries of Health in other countries will be an asset.
  • General knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated RH/MH care.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills for the dissemination of information and advocacy activities.
  • Familiarity with UN development programmes and working procedures, especially UNFPA policies and programming procedures, an asset.
  • Proven skills in report writing and publication of articles in maternal health and family planning are essential.


Mastery of English is required.

Knowledge information

Proven skills in current use of the office software are also required.


Required Competencies

i) Values: Integrity, commitment, embracing cultural diversity, embracing change.

ii) Core Competencies: Achieving results, accountability, developing professional expertise, analytical thinking, working in teams, communicating for impact.

iii) Required Skillset:

  • Development and programme management focused on results
  • Innovation and dissemination of new approaches
  • Resources mobilization from national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances with partners
  • Advocacy / Presentation of an oriented agenda
  • Resources mobilization


UNFPA Work Environment


UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life.  We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.


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[1] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5

Additional Information about the position

Working Language: Anglais

Closing Date: 2014-04-03