Chief, Population & Development Branch, Programme Division

at UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted April 3, 2024
Category NGO Jobs in Kenya
Job Type Full-time


Strengthen partnership with scientific/academic community, economic and development planning communities/blocs, civil society, and private sector.

Main go-to person in UNFPA on demography and megatrends - not least in relation to the impacts of climate change on population and development outcomes.
Coordinator of UNFPA-wide network on demographic dividend, demographic resilience and demographic megatrends
Responsible for UNFPA value proposition, strategy and positioning and global corporate flagship initiatives on population, development and climate change
Technical oversight of research and analysis on population and development
Oversight over reports, technical papers, policy briefs, briefing notes, speeches, op-eds on population and development
Oversees three teams working on:, demographic dividend; t demographic resilience; and, population dynamics and mega trends.
Supports fundraising and other strategic initiatives.
Ensures collaboration and coordination across other branches in the Programme Division ensuring that population matters are integrated in others areas of work of the Division
Guides internal UNFPA capacity and knowledge management on aspects of population and development policy and programming including leading internal reference groups and communities of practise on population and development
Main technical focal point on all matters related to the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) and the ICPD Programme of Action
Oversight of planning, monitoring and reporting for the branch.
Job Purpose:

The Branch Chief is the principal adviser in UNFPA providing authoritative advice and leadership for the positioning of UNFPA in Population and Development within the context of the global development agenda, and particularly the ICPD Programme of Action and the achievement of the SDGs. The Chief manages the work of the Branch in developing: conceptual frameworks; substantive strategies; policies; intellectual guidance; state of the art papers; and, global technical instruments and tools, relevant to the needs of countries.

Within the Branch, the Chief has overall responsibility for policy development, strategic direction, and management of human and financial resources.

1. Technical Leadership and Strategic Direction

Support the Programme Division Director and Deputy Director in the strategic positioning of UNFPA in the assigned substantive thematic area;
Provide vision, strategic direction, and leadership in the Branch's area of responsibility, and ensure incorporation of the substantive area into organizational priorities;

Conceptualize, plan, coordinate and lead the development of evidence-based policy, strategy, frameworks, technical guidance and tools in the substantive area of responsibility, providing quality outputs which are timely, coherent and relevant to the needs of countries;

Identify needs for state-of-the-art technical knowledge, and ensure that such knowledge is developed and fed into the UNFPA knowledge sharing system;
Provide authoritative technical advice, guidance and support to UNFPA senior management, HQ Divisions and, in particular, to UNFPA regional and country offices;
Support the use of the substantive work of the Branch in UNFPA programming, UN programming, and national development processes;
Identify the need for, develop and maintain strategic partnerships and collaborative work within the UN system and other networks on substantive issues under the Branch's responsibility;
Represent UNFPA, and advocate for the ICPD Programme of Action in the Branch's substantive area, in policy dialogues and technical meetings with donors, programme countries, international agencies and institutions, and development fora;
Ensure the accuracy, consistency, coherence, and availability of technical content in the substantive area for global advocacy efforts; and
Support, in coordination with the External Relations Division, resource mobilization efforts for technical issues.
2. Capacity Development

Establish and maintain partnerships, and build the capacity of global partner institutions for advancing state-of-the-art knowledge and strengthening technical advisory resources;
Strengthen the substantive capacity of UNFPA technical and programme staff to ensure effective programming of resources;
Foster partnerships and collaboration at the global level, including UN System, foundations, private sector and NGOs, to ensure a functioning network that facilitate access to financial and technical resources, and broad-based knowledge management and knowledge sharing in the substantive area of work;
Identify lessons learned, and ensure, with knowledge management staff, their incorporation into the UNFPA knowledge sharin

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