UNFPA Humanitarian Programme Specialist Jobs in Kenya

Job Purpose

The Humanitarian Programme Specialist assures the effective management of UNFPA projects in the areas of emergency and humanitarian response.

S/he supervises programme formulation, implementation and evaluation, joint programming actions and national development frameworks.

S/he leads the programme team in giving technical advice and support to the Ministries of Health and Interior & Co-ordination and also collaborates with the CO’s operations and organizational support staff.

S/he supervises the achievement of emergency and humanitarian programme results by ensuring that the programme team applies appropriate policies and procedures, and proper monitoring and oversight mechanisms and systems are established and implemented.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with Ministry of Health, Division of Emergency and Disaster Risk Management, and Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC), NGOs and other partners, the Humanitarian Programme Specialist oversees the formulation and design of the country emergency and humanitarian response programme and its component programmes in line with Kenya Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures.


  • Actively participates in technical working groups in UNDAF Strategic Result Area on Environmental Sustainability, Land Management & Human Security to advance UNFPA’s area of work.


  • Backstops the Representative in the UN Humanitarian Technical Working Group and another similar form as necessary;


  • Reviews the political, social and economic environment in Kenya relevant to emergency and humanitarian response, and pursues opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.


  • Assesses implications of new policy strategies and developments on programme execution and ensures appropriate implementation.


  • Actively provides the MOH with technical advice on the forecasting, procurement, and pre-positioning of commodities in contingency and emergency preparedness planning.


  • Promotes the use of the National Guidelines on the Medical Management of Rape and sexual violence, IASC GBV and HIV & AIDS guidelines in emergencies and the RH refugee field manual

Oversees crisis and humanitarian response implementation, establishing collaborative partnerships and representing the office in meetings with UNOCHA, the Kenya Humanitarian Forum, and other humanitarian fora.


  • Provides regular information on UNFPA humanitarian response initiatives and advocates for the integration of reproductive health and gender concerns into a humanitarian response;


  • Ensures the inclusion of RH and gender and the MISP within common standards for assessments and contribute to the monitoring and reporting on humanitarian programmes and needs issues (includes assessments and surveys) with a focus on gender and Reproductive Health needs


  • Ensures the production and documentation of knowledge about current and emerging RH/HIV& AIDS, GBV and gender issues in emergency and humanitarian response through the analysis of programme strategies, approaches and on-going experience for lessons learned, best methods, and uses this knowledge for information sharing and planning a future strategy.


  • Participates in advocacy and resource mobilization exercises of Country Office by ensuring the inclusion of the MISP and GBV in emergency and humanitarian response funding appeals (CERFs, CAPS, Flash Appeals and other Emergency Response Appeals) and preparation of documentation, i.e. sitreps, programme summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in related donor meetings and public information



  • The Humanitarian Programme Specialist oversees the work of the programme team as well as consultants, advisors, and experts and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues.


  • S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.


  • Internal contacts include the Representative, Deputy Representative, and the CO’s programme team. External contacts include other UN agencies in the country, and counterparts and partners in Country programme activities, including international NGOs, experts, etc.


Qualifications and Experience


  • Post-graduate university degree in public health, medicine, sociology, gender, economic, international relations, international development, management and/or another related social science field;


Knowledge and Experience:


  • Five years of experience with increasing professional experience and responsibilities, at the national level, in population and development, sexual and reproductive health and gender;


  • Substantive experience with Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health (RH) implementation and RH Emergency Kits;


  • Strong analytical, co-ordination and organisational skills;


  • Experience in programme and technical assistance with the UN system, international NGOs and Civil Society Organisations an asset.




  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable.


Required Competencies


  • 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


  • Workings 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 a results-based programme


  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization


How to Apply:


  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 8th May 2019


  • 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.


  • Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at http://www.unfpa.org/employment.


  • Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.
  • Notice: There is no application, processing or another fee at any stage of the application process.
  • UNFPA does not hustle or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate based on HIV/AIDS status.



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