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Representante Assistente UNFPA


Organizational Location


The Assistant Representative RH/MH/FP is located in Angola Country Office and reports to the UNFPA Representative. S/he acts on behalf of the Representative in his/her absence.


Job Purpose


Based on the UNFPA 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and its business model, UNFPA CO in Angola  has been supporting the Government of Angola through its Country Programme (CP) in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), gender equality, youth empowerment and participation in peace building, as well as data for development. In terms of modality of the support, the CO focuses on evidence-based policy advocacy as it is crucial in the middle income country context to assist in sound policy and decision making processess under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.


The AR has a dual role. S/he is the implementer of the CP as well as playing a leadership role with a programme team in the CO. The AR substantively contributes to the management of UNFPA activities in the areas of population and development, reproductive health and gender. Acting as an analyst/advisor, the AR proactively provides the Representative with information on achievement of results in the implementation of UNFPA programmes.


Duties and Responsibilities

In consultation with the Representative, leads and provides substantive guidance in implementation of the CP in line with the national priorities and in accordance with the UNFPA’s Strategic Plan, programme policies and procedures while taking into account political, social and cultural sensitivities. Ensures results-oriented programme delivery, including monitoring of budget and expenditure, and timely and efficient delivery of programme by working closely with colleagues and implementing partners. 

Creates substantive knowledge of population and development, reproductive health, youth and gender issues in the country, assesses technical assistance needs in these areas and advises on suitability of programmes and projects to meet these needs. Addresses policy issues and provides substantive inputs to facilitate policy dialogue and incorporation of these policies into national plans and strategies, and UN systems initiatives and development frameworks.

Analyzes population and development, reproductive health and gender issues provide substantive inputs to institutional responses and advocacy strategies and reports on the political, social and economic environment relevant to the CO and identifies opportunities and implications for UNFPA. Keeps abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks. Prepares briefs and inputs for policy dialogue, technical assistance coordination and development frameworks. Reports to the Representative regularly on all aspects.

Advises and reports on achievement of programme and project results, proactively measuring substantive progress and effective utilization of financial and human project resources using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools. Leads programme and project implementation, guiding and orienting executing agencies and project personnel, and introducing effective modalities and practices of implementation.

Contributes to resource mobilization strategy by analyzing information on potential donors, preparing substantive briefs and project proposals in line with donor priorities, creating feedback mechanisms and providing information on progress of donor funded projects. Identifies opportunities for cost sharing. In addition, participates in donor meetings and public information events and ensures great visibility of UNFPA Angola’s  initiatives.

Contributes to the efforts to help the government and civil society organizations to highlight Angola’s experience in the international and regional fora related to SRH, gender equality, youth empowerment and population and development

Undertakes other tasks assigned by the UNFPA Representative.


Work Relations

The Assistant Representative HR/MH/FP advances the ICPD and Post 2030 agenda in a politically sensitive environment responding to changing substantive priorities of Governments. The Assistant Representative facilitates and coordinates technical advisers and experts and promotes partnership, synergy and strategic alliances with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies and civil society. S/he contributes to UN systems coordination through participation in policy dialogue and provision of inputs into joint common system initiatives.

Internal contacts include the Representative, the CO’s programme/technical team, other divisions/branches at HQ, the RO and counterparts in other country offices. External contacts include other UN agencies in country, and counterparts and partners in Country programme activities, including international NGOs, experts etc.




Exemplifying integrity

Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system

Embracing cultural diversity

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

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 Skill Set:

Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

Delivering results-based programme

Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization


Required Skills and Experience


Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience: 

5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities, preferably in programme/project coordination, design, appraisal and management.

Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of organizational programme objectives to national priorities/capacities.

Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results.

Excellent written and oral communication skills to foster engaged partnerships at a high level of representation and to maintain political partnerships.


Fluency in Portuguese and English is required.

Computer skills:

Proficiency in current office software applications