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Technical Specialist (Family Planning), P4, Job in Sierra Leone


This post is non-rotational.
Duration of Post:  One year (renewable) 1/
The closing date of this vacancy is 23 November 2011, 5:00 p.m. New York time

Organizational Setting

-The Family Planning Specialist will be based in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and will operate as integral part of the Ministry’s Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) Division. The UNFPA CO will be responsible for providing support services to the specialist. He/she will be under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative and the direct supervision of the Director of the Reproductive and Child Health Directorate.

Main Tasks & Responsibilties

The incumbent will perform the following functions:

1. Act as the key resource person on family planning and cervical cancer for the MOHS;
2. Provide technical support to the regular reproductive health program of UNFPA;
3. Provide MOHS project staff, and government counterparts at central and district levels with the technical backstopping, assistance and advise on the strategic direction for strengthening the delivery, access to and quality of family planning and cervical cancer services;
4. Provide technical updates, training and mentoring for MOHS project staff and partners in relevant clinical and technical areas related to family planning and cervical cancer eg in the National School of Midwifery;
5. Give technical guidance in the development and implementation of FP and cervical cancer protocols, policies, training modules, operational manuals and approaches for locally appropriate family planning and cervical cancer service delivery and for supportive supervision of service providers based on best practice;
6. Provide quality assurance and close monitoring of all family planning training ensuring its integration in other relevant RH areas;
7. Assess and advise, in close collaboration with the Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS) Steering Committee, on the supply chain management to ensure regular and uninterrupted supply of contraceptive commodities;
8. Work with the RH/FP Manager to assure the integration of the family planning activities in all reproductive health and maternal and neonatal health activities;
9. Conduct regular technical monitoring visits to the field sites supported by MOHS;
10. Participate in the development of the family planning communication strategy and ensure the standardization of family planning messages;
11. Ensure that all service delivery planned and provided to the community is of high quality and responsive to the increased demand created by the Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiative (MNHI);
10. Actively participate in the development and updating of guidelines, standards, tools and approaches as required;
11. Provide technical and programmatic support for family planning related research, and identify, document, and disseminate lessons learned and best practices in family planning.
12.  Any other activities/responsibilities as needed by the MOHS.

Qualifications and Experience

• Advanced university degree in Reproductive Health, Obs&Gyn, Public Health, Community Medicine or other related subject,
• 7 years of experience in clinical and programmatic family planning programming and/or Reproductive Health Care programmes, out of which 5 years of experience in developing countries.
• Experience in promotion of and building national capacity in long acting and permanent methods of contraception including the implant, in post war contexts like Sierra Leone where national FP systems have broken down
• Demonstrated experience in strategic programme management with strong technical knowledge of family planning, cervical cancer, reproductive health in and/or maternal health and how services link to communities and special client groups in post war settings.
• Interpersonal and communication skills for the dissemination of information and the advocacy activities.
• Excellent writing and presentation skills.
• Proficiency in current Microsoft Office software applications, census data processing and analysis software e.g. CSPro, SPSS, STATA
• Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Required Competencies


• Commitment to UNFPA's Values and Guiding Principles;
• Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment/Performance Management;
• Team Work/Communication/Self-Management
• Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation and Commitment to Excellence/Decision Making;
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning


• Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise
• Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
• Job knowledge/technical expertise

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life.  We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

Closing Statement

Notice: UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

This is a project funded post.



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