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Humanitarian Junior Officer at UNFPA

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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Mission and objectives

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 strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals. 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 and Government of Malawi started the implementation of 9th Country Programme (2024-2028) from 1 January of 2024. It is well aligned with UNFPA strategic Plan and Malawi 2063 vision.


The assignment is part of UNFPA Malawi’s initiatives to enhance the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescents and youth by improving access to quality services including family planning, education, and gender-based violence prevention and response. For the realisation of SRHR even during emergencies, the UN Youth Volunteer will work very closely with the Humanitarian Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Team/ Crisis Response Team on the emergency preparedness, contingency planning and humanitarian crisis response in case of emergency.

Task description

Under the overall Supervision UNFPA Representative and direct supervision of Deputy Representative/ Head of Programme, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: ● Supports Humanitarian Coordinator on the organisation of Emergency Preparedness Team meetings and in case of emergency Crisis response Team meetings (formulation of agenda, sharing the invitations, taking notes and finalization of meeting minutes, tracking the implementation of meeting action points); ● Contributes to the updating of Country Office Annual Preparedness Plan and its aligning with the Business Continuity Plan; ● Proactively participating in all stages of contingency planning by addressing to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (namely rolling out of Minimum Initial Service Package – MISP – for Sexual and Reproductive Health in emergency settings), sexual and reproductive health and rights, and Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention and response (rolling out of GBV in Emergency minimum standards). ● Supports the implementation of contingency plan for the strengthening of focus districts’ readiness as well as provision of humanitarian response at the district level; ● Supports the development of SRHR-related educational and information materials and outreach strategies for youth engagement. ● Assists in organizing workshops and training sessions for peer educators, other Youth groups, and community health workers. ● Participates in monitoring and evaluation activities, including data collection and reporting. ● Supports communication efforts, including social media campaigns and documentation of best practices, impact and achievements of UNFPA using infographics. ● Engages with local communities to promote awareness and advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights. ● Perform any other duties as directedEligibility criteria


18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Sweden and therefore specific criteria apply: ELIGIBILITY – Candidates must be Swedish nationals. – Candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of application (the above-mentioned age range does not apply). – Candidates who already served on a UN Youth Volunteer assignment funded by the Government of Sweden are not eligible. APPLICATION – If you are above the age of 26, a notification will be displayed that you are not eligible to apply. You may ignore this and proceed with submitting your application. – You may apply to a maximum of three assignments and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ field when filling in the application form. – Application deadline: 14 July 2024 SELECTION – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entities in August. MANDATORY TRAINING IN SWEDEN Prior to deployment, selected candidates must attend a mandatory preparation training in Sweden, organized by Sida. The training will take place from 14 to 18 October. +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: +++


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Donor priorities


Required experience
1 years of experience in or demonstrated interest in sexual reproductive health and rights, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention. Gender equality/ GBV prevention and response and eliminating of harmful practices against adolescent girls and young women. Emergency preparedness and humanitarian response programming.
Area(s) of expertise


Driving license


English, Level: Working knowledge, RequiredRequired education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Health, Sociology, or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.

Competencies and values

Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Creativity Managing Performance Planning and Organizing Professionalism Respect for Diversity Self-Management