The sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and youth are part of the key elements of the current document of the 8th Country Program of the UNFPA Country Office in Benin. The country itself has a young population: more than 50% of the population is under 25 years of age. The indicators related to sexual and reproductive health are not very good and adolescents contribute to approximately 30% of maternal mortality and morbidity and this is aggravated. with social norms such as early and forced marriage, violence against women and girls, etc. For all these reasons, the AISRHR is among the priority interventions of the 8th program. The Country Office in Benin has 31 staff members, including an International Maternal Health Officer in addition to the Representative. The Office is physically located near the UNDP office in a residential neighborhood.
Supervision content and methodology As part of the overall framework of the UNFPA JPO programme, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
- Structured orientation provided by the supervisor, especially at the beginning of the assignment, in order to gradually increase the responsibilities of the JPO.
- Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results.
- Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the task.
- Easy access to the supervisor.
- Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness.
- Guidance and advice regarding learning and training opportunities within the field of specialization.
- Completion of the UNFPA annual results and competencies assessment (RCA).
- If there is more than one supervisor; clear agreement of roles and responsibilities between relevant parties.
Learning and training
The JPO training program includes the following learning elements and upon completion of the assignment the JPO will be able to:
- Formulate, monitor and evaluate programs.
- Evaluate and prepare project proposals.
- Manage and monitor projects within UNFPA programs and subprograms using the logical framework.
- Carry out preparations, revisions and retaliation of the project budget.
- Write evaluation reports on the progress of project implementation.
- Organize and provide substantive input at project review meetings.
- Work as a member of a team in a multicultural environment.
- Understand the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UN reform principles.
- Understand the UNFPA mandate, policies and procedures.
- Assists in the preparation of periodic progress reports on the results achieved: successful initiatives.
- Work on the implementation of the youth issues as they appear in the aforementioned documents;
- Assists in data collection and analysis on the national youth strategy with specific reference to youth leadership and their sexual and reproductive health rights;
- Building alliances and resource mobilization: assists in the preparation and formulation of;
- Project documents/initiatives/subcontracts required for the implementation of activities;
- Related to youth leadership, including project descriptions, work plans, and budgets;
- Advocate for reproductive health commodities and especially the availability and accessibility of;
- Male/female condoms for youth, including availability at Youth Centers;
- Act as UNFPA focal point for youth issues on SRH with international partners and other UN agencies;
- Prepare regular briefing notes/fact sheets for website and/or Regional Office/donors for public information;
- Carry out any other duties assigned by the Representative as part of the JPO career development perspective
Values: Exemplify integrity, Demonstrate commitment to UNFPA and the United Nations system, Accept diversity in all its forms, Embrace change. Initiative, good judgement, and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds. Basic skills: 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.
An advanced university degree in the field of Demography, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Law or other related social sciences.
At least 2 years of experience in reproductive health and sexual education for adolescents and young people. Previous experience in developing countries is an advantage.
- Fluency in French.
- Knowledge of English
- Knowledge of other UN working languages is an advantage.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely.
This position is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program sponsored by the Government of Canada and is intended exclusively for citizens of Canada. For more information on the JPO Program and eligibility criteria, please visit the JPO Service Center site.
maximum 32 years of age on December 31, 2022
- Brief letter of motivation
- Copy of your passport
- Copy of your Master’s degree