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The Position:

The Humanitarian-Development-Peacebuilding Nexus Programme Development Specialist will oversee the work of the HDP Nexus Programme Development (HDPNPD) Unit under the UNFPA Country Office (CO) Strategy Development and Branding (SDB) Team. You w ill maintain collaborative relationships with all programme and project staff at the CO and Sub-Office. Internal contacts include the Representative, the National Strategy Execution (NSE) Team, the Mindanao Strategy Execution (MSE) Team and the Operations Support (OS) Team. External contacts include other UN agencies in the country, counterparts in Country programme activities, and donors, including development partners.

You will report to UNFPA’s Policy and Strategy Development Specialist, who will be overall lead of the SDB Team.

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 Humanitarian-Development-Peacebuilding Nexus Programme Development Specialist leads the formulation of strategic and responsive programmes to fulfill Women and Girls’ rights, unique needs, and accelerate the achievement of the Three Transformative Results Plus (3TR+) [to include ending adolescent pregnancies] within the context of operationalizing the triple nexus in highly vulnerable, disaster- and conflict-affected areas of the Philippines, including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Working to advance the ICPD policy agenda in a politically sensitive environment, you will anticipate and lead in the formulation of programmes that are responsive to changing priorities of the Governments.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

Reviewing the national and sub-national political, social and economic environment in the Philippines as it impacts on Women and Girls’ rights and choices, and pursuing opportunities to position the ICPD and provide specific UNFPA assistance and intervention (whether stand-alone or jointly with sister UN agencies) across the triple nexus. This will include assessing the implications of new national and/or sub-national policy developments and strategies and ensuring the integration of the appropriate response to these developments in UNFPA’s programme design and approach.

Supporting the identification/mapping of potential alliances and building partnerships with a wide range of traditional and non-traditional stakeholders (public, private, civil society, academic, faith-based, multilateral, bilateral, etc.) at the national and sub-national levels who are strategically positioned and possess a comparative advantage to advance the issues of Women and Girls.

Leading, in collaboration with the CO’s National and Mindanao Strategy Execution Teams, the formulation and design of the country programme and its component projects in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures, ensuring substantive rigor, timeliness, and quality in the proposal formulation process (e.g. evidence-based, results-oriented, clear theories of change, adheres to evidence-based frameworks and incorporates global best practices, human rights-based, gender-responsive, culturally and conflict-sensitive, etc.). This will include convening consultations with various stakeholders external to UNFPA such as rights-holders and duty-bearers at the national and sub-national levels to ensure their meaningful participation and ownership of the programmes and projects being developed.

Generating innovative ideas and solutions to promote and accelerate the achievement of the 3TR+ in the triple nexus context, and ensuring that generating evidence of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, scalability/replicability and sustainability of these innovations is integrated in the design of these innovations.

Promoting knowledge sharing and continuous learning including testing, evaluating and documenting innovative strategies and best practices internal and external to UNFPA particularly on the triple nexus, and integrating these as appropriate in programme and project design.

Contributing to advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the CO, by ensuring preparation of relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in related meetings and public events.

Performing any other duties as requested by the UNFPA Representative.



UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy. 

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