Programme Analyst, Gender

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The Position:

The Programme Analyst/GBV is located in Country Offices (CO). Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, and working closely with the Gender Specialist, the GBV Analyst substantively contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the Spotlight programme . He/she analyzes and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to project formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks. The GBV Analysts facilitates the delivery of UNFPA’s spotlight components by monitoring results achieved in the implementation. He/she ensures and guides the appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.

The NPO facilitates the work of consultants, and experts and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, other UN agencies, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues. The GBV Analyst is a substantive contributor to the programme team in the Country Office.

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:

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today. It is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights and development and therefore a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. While there have been efforts to address and eliminate Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices (HP) in the African region, and improved access to, and exercise of, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), progress has remained slow and uneven, and the approaches have been fragmented. It is increasingly clear that the elimination of all forms of SGBV and HP is intrinsically connected to transformation of gender and socio-cultural norms including those related to women’s sexuality and reproduction; and to improving women’s access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Malawi ranks 145/188 on the Gender Inequality Index, reflecting high levels of inequalities in reproductive health, women’s empowerment and economic activity. Women in Malawi generally fare worse than men on most social and economic indicators including wage equality, political participation, secondary and tertiary education enrolment and literacy. Additionally, violence against women and girls and harmful practices, including early and forced marriages, sexual assaults, harmful sexual initiation, and domestic violence, remain serious issues. Nearly half of Malawi’s girls marry before turning 18 (47%), and the adolescent birth rate is very high, with 30% of babies born to mothers 19 years or younger. Early sexual initiation with limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, lead to early pregnancies, which prevent girls from finishing school, expose them to HIV/AIDS and is the leading cause of mortality among girls 15-19.

In response to this, the European Union and the United Nations are embarking on a new multi-year program, entitled the Spotlight Initiative, focused on eliminating violence against women and girls and harmful practices. The initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in a focused number of countries aimed at achieving significant impact in the lives of women and girls. It comes with the highest level of commitment globally and the initiative will be governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The Spotlight Initiative is a flagship programme under the UN Reform, showing how the UN will work together towards a common goal, and a targeted investment in a usually underfunded SDG (SDG 5).

GBV technical analyst shall provide technical and administrative support to the implementation of UNFPA lead spotlight activities. UNFPA has partnerships with the various government key Ministries and/or departments, parastatals, UN agencies and local NGOs. The Program Analyst substantively contributes to effective management of UNFPA led spotlight activities in collaboration with the core program team and six National UNVs in the six districts.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities
The Gender Analyst will be responsible for:

  • In collaboration with Government counterparts, UN agencies, NGOs and other partners, contributes substantively to the formulation and design of the yearly work plans and overall implementation of spotlight activities in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures
  • Support partners to ensure timely planning, implementation and reporting of agreed activities in collaboration with the six national UNVs in the spotlight districts.
  • Assesses priority technical requirements of the programme and enhance procurement of related items for quick programme delivery
  • Participates in periodic technical reviews as well as programme monitoring exercises, and
  • Ensure visibility of UNFPA in spotlight supported programs in collaboration with communications team.
  • Reports on achievement of programme implementation results, proactively measuring substantive progress and the effective integration of SGBV and SRHR using appropriate monitoring and measuring mechanisms and tools; identifies constraints and resource deficiencies and recommends corrective action.
  • Participate in technical working groups and related meetings in order to raise GBV and SRHR issues
  • Support UNVs to enhance programme visibility and strengthening networks for programme achievement at district level.
  • Provide support in analyzing reports to ensure quality and project results
  • Assist in creating, documenting and sharing of knowledge about current and emerging gender trends, by analyzing programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned and best practices
  • Any Other work as directed by the Deputy Representation as the lead for spotlight in UNFPA
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Gender and Development; Development Studies, Public health, and/or other related social science field.

Knowledge and Experience:

2 years’ professional experience preferably in programme/project management in the public or private sector.


Fluency in oral and written English

Computer Skills:

Proficiency in current office software applications.

Required Competencies


  • Integrity/Commitment to mandate
  • Knowledge sharing/Continuous learning
  • Valuing diversity

Functional Competencies:

  • Results-based programme development and management
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partners
  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy oriented agenda
  • Resource mobilization

Core Competencies:

  • Results-based programme development and management
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/Building strategic alliances and partners
  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy oriented agenda
  • Resource mobilization
  • Empowerment/Developing people/Performance management
  • Working in teams
  • Communicating information and ideas
  • Apply Now