Reproductive Health Projects Manager

Reproductive Health Projects Manager
Deadline for applications: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Location: Beirut
Working area:
Job Description


Duty Station:
Beirut, Lebanon 
Contract type:
Service Contract
SB4 – SC9
One year (with possible extension pending satisfactory performance, available funding and identified need)
Start up date:
October 15, 2017
Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Assistant Representative/Head of Office, the incumbent will work at the UNFPA Country Office (CO) in the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of the reproductive health (RH) related projects with due attention to the humanitarian/ resilient operation and in consultation with the relevant national stakeholders, humanitarian agencies, civil society and experts.  In 2017, UNFPA is supporting around 15 RH related projects through different sources of funding and implemented in more than 40 localities by several implementing partners under the overall guidance of the Ministry of Public Health. These projects reach both Lebanese and Syrian refugees and are expected to target around 15,000 - 20,000 beneficiaries on RH services and outreach in 2017-2018.  It is expected that these projects will also be rolled over in 2018 with possibilities to increase by number based on availability of funds.  Accordingly, UNFPA Country Office is seeking to recruit a Reproductive Health Projects Manager for an initial period of 12 months through a Service Contract modality.
 1. Organizational Location 

The incumbent will be based in the UNFPA CO in Beirut, Lebanon with frequent field visits to various regions nationwide mainly those that are targeted by UNFPA operations.   
2.  Job Purpose/Supervisory Role
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Head of Office/Assistant Representative and/or RH Programme Specialist (once on board), the incumbent will provide overall coordination and guidance to RH related projects supported by UNFPA Lebanon with due attention to multi year funded RH programme(s). 
3.   Major Activities/Tasks

 a.       Coordination
  • Provide needed support/back-up to various inter agency coordination mechanisms (i.e. Health Working Group, RH sub-working group, CMR task force, etc)
  • Proactively lead the RH projects coordination committee and follow up on implementation of decisions/actions;
  • Contribute to the content, revision and update of the RH related aspects of the LCRP/UNSF if need be;
  • Suggest new partners/experts based on comparative advantage and areas of expertise and who could be entrusted with implementation of various programme interventions to be supported by UNFPA and pursue conclusion of partnership;
  • Support in assessing existing partners for possible re-engagement for implementation of various RH components;
  • Provide needed support for clarifying and prioritizing partnership with MOPH and partners (such as professional associations) with due attention to the multi-year funded programme;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts through identification of needs, priorities, possible funding opportunities, proposal writing, etc; and
  • Provide overall assistance and support for various advocacy and media related events and forums as requested

b.      Programme Development and Implementation: 

  • Advise on key RH concerns, challenges, and gaps to affected population (in terms of quality, accessibility, availability, affordability, etc) and suggest interventions for filling gaps
  • Prepare Terms of Reference and support in selecting, orienting and guiding consultants on RH related tasks under the various RH projects
  • Advise on assessments/research to be supported/initiated under the RH projects
  • Provide overall guidance to the implementing partners for ensuring realization of planned results
  • Support in development/finalization of RH related annual workplans with the elected implementing partners;
  • Provide support on the need and rationale for procurement of RH commodities as well as on the monitoring of distribution and utilization by the end-point user; and 

c.       Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting 

  • Guide implementing partners in revising RH workplans and preparing quality progress/final reports
  • Provide overall support in guiding RH implementing partners and consultant to ensure application of and compliance with monitoring tools and reporting requirements towards a harmonized approach 
  • Provide back up support – if need be - in projects expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and to realize targeted delivery levels, coordinate timely delivery of financial reporting and ensure adequacy with finance and activities;
  • Guide the process for tools development for rapid/needs assessment to be adopted by RH implementing partners prior to initiating new interventions for identifying specific needs and after completion of the interventions to assess the impact, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the interventions;
  • Contribute to RH related annual, monthly, quarterly, sector reports, strategies, plans, donor reports, LCRP, etc
  • Provide needed support in RH projects/programmes evaluation through availing related evidence, information, etc as well as input on the evaluation recommendations  

d.      Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the head of office/assistant representative

4.    Expected Results

The incumbent’s tasks will directly contribute to the following key results:
  • RH projects activities and related indicators realized
  • RH consultancies undertaken and finalized based on agreed upon terms of reference 
  • RH projects’ needs assessed and training plans identified/implemented
  • RH reports/documents reviewed, developed and /or submitted  
  • RH monitoring framework and related tools implemented
The incumbent will also submit a final report on the implementation of all tasks under the TORs at the conclusion of his/her assignment.
5.     Job Requirements and Competencies
  • Graduate university degree in health sciences or related field;
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in RH projects management/coordination;
  • Prior training in RH issues and their application in humanitarian, recovery and development settings;
  • Knowledge of the Lebanese context and its health structure;
  • Field experience in complex emergencies and Knowledge of various humanitarian related resources is preferred such as  Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in Emergency Settings; IASC Field Manual for Reproductive Health in Emergency Settings; and IASC Guidelines for GBV in Humanitarian Settings;
  • Prior experience in the UN system will be a strong asset;
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is essential; ability to communicate in French is an advantage;
-          Values/guiding principles
-          Working in teams
-          Excellent relationship and self management / Emotional intelligence
-          Communication and analytic skills
-          Analytical and strategic thinking and results orientation/commitment of excellence;
-          Knowledge sharing / continuous learning
-          Building strategic alliances and partnership
-          Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
-          Skills in research & data collection
-          Experience in coordination, advocacy and training
-          Mobility
-          Capacity to work in a stressful/conflict environment
-          Ability to communicate ideas and complex issues and concepts clearly to different audiences, and to write clearly and concisely
-          Ability to express empathy for local culture and traumatized individuals, communities.
-          Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different cultural backgrounds.



Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply on line by submitting the following:
  • Updated CV reflecting their work experience relevant to the consultancy requirements
  • P11 form (click to download) detailing work experience that is relevant to the vacancy requirements as indicated in the TORs
The above documents should be submitted to the following email address: no later than September 28, 2017. 

UNFPA will only be responsible to respond to those applicants submitting the above required documents and in which there is further interest.
Experience required: Education degree: Bachelor Degree Field of education:
Arabic: Fluent English: Fluent French:
Period: one year
Submission guidelines:
Cover letter required? No