Field Programme Officer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Salima, Malawi
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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The Position:

The Field Programme Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of effective programme and project strategies aimed at meeting the deliverables set out in the Country Programme Plan and UN Cooperation Framework in the Salima districts. The Field Programme Offices will be based in Salima respectively and report directly to Adolescent and Youth Officer in Lilongwe. The Field Programme Officer will also work closely with other thematic units of UNFPA Malawi Country Office including the Sexual and Reproductive Health team and Gender team.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The Field Programme Officer substantively contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in Salima district with a strong focus on sexual reproductive health and rights, especially for youths and adolescents. S/He analyses and assesses relevant health, demographic, social and economic trends in the districts and provides substantive inputs to project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including joint programming initiatives. The Field Programme Officer facilitates the delivery of UNFPA’s projects and programmes, especially by closely monitoring and reporting results achieved during implementation and take necessary actions to ensure smooth and effective implementation of the projects/programmes at the district level. S/He ensures and guides the appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.

The Field Programme Officer establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies and NGOs and civil society to address emerging issues related to the projects/programmes involved. Where needed, S/He also facilitates the work of consultants, advisors and experts to support project/programme implementation. S/He is expected to effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to jointly contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate. The Field Programme Officer also works to ensure transparent, efficient, and proper utilisation of funds by the implementing partners.


Master’s Degree in political sciences, social policy, public health, business administration, international relations or other related fields.

In lieu of a master’s degree, a Bachelor degree with 8 years of experience will be considered.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least four years of field based programme management experience is required in the field of development activities, preferably in programme/project management.
  • Working experience in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and rights is required.
  • Additionally, working experience in the fields of adolescents/youth and/or gender is highly desirable.
  • Working experience in data collection/analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and managerial skills required. Self-starter, proactive, passion for the issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and editing skills in English.

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