Regional Humanitarian Adviser, Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, P-5

United Nations Population Fund
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Nov 02

Position description

The Position:

The Regional Humanitarian Adviser (RHA) is responsible for operationalizing UNFPA’s corporate humanitarian vision in the Asia Pacific region. You will provide high level policy and programme planning support in matters related to humanitarian and fragile contexts in the Asia Pacific region; undertake risk analysis, provide country offices with technical advice and coordination support on contingency planning and emergency response efforts, quality assurance and evaluation support for UNFPA’s humanitarian portfolio in the region with particular focus on the most vulnerable groups such as refugee and displaced communities especially women, girls and young people.

You will represent UNFPA and work in collaboration with regional humanitarian partners (UN and international NGOs), regional institutions and other stakeholders to strengthen and advocate for emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction and to provide humanitarian assistance to crisis affected communities in a manner consistent with Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidance and within the context of the New Way of Working (NWOW) to strengthen the humanitarian, development, and peace continuum.

You will report directly to the Regional Director, Asia Pacific Regional 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 works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged communities. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.  The accountability of the post embraces UNFPA’s advocacy with governments and partners as well as other aspects under UNFPA’s strategic framework.

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:

Given the increasing scale and complexity of natural disasters and complex emergencies in the region, you will work toward the integration of humanitarian preparedness and response within the regional programme and country programmes. As part of the regional office, you will position UNFPA’s humanitarian portfolio in the region and support country offices on strategies, policy and technical humanitarian issues in line with UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate, policies and procedures. You will be expected to provide direct and remote guidance and support to country offices on humanitarian issues in line with UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate, policies and procedures.

You will ensure coordination and linkages between development and humanitarian programmes to promote resourceful, resilient strategies and support the integration of UNFPA’s mandate within emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and resilience plans in the Asia Pacific.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for: 

A. Policy, Advocacy and Programme Leadership

  • Manage the Humanitarian Support Team in the Regional Office and develop/implement Annual Work Plans, and mainstream humanitarian within other workplans, under the Regional Initiative Action Plan, in line with the Strategic Plan;
  • Develop, coordinate, implement and monitor humanitarian initiatives and provide timely support – via deployments or remotely - to countries affected by emergencies including facilitating surge, providing technical inputs to the development and quality assurance of and implementation of country programmes;
  • Formulate policy guidance and prepare reports to inform decision making by UNFPA senior management and coordinate inputs to inform corporate humanitarian policies, technical reports and updates for HQ, Humanitarian Fragile Context Branch (HFCB) and the UNFPA Humanitarian Steering Committee; liaise with HQ and COs to resolve operational bottlenecks;
  • In cooperation with the Regional Advisers provide policy guidance and technical advice to the Country Offices in the understanding and implementation of the UN Humanitarian Reform agenda and its components (including the Cluster Approach). As required, support the Country Offices in developing detailed strategies and designs for advocating and implementing this agenda in the local interagency context.

B.  Capacity Development

  • In coordination with the Humanitarian Fragile Context Branch (HFCB), Regional Office, and Country Representatives, identify capacity building needs, design and facilitate  regional training programmes to strengthen staff and partners’ capacities in emergency preparedness and response;
  • Advise Country Office Representatives, Deputy Representatives, Emergency Focal Points and Operations to incorporate and strengthen emergency preparedness, early warning and early actions, response and recovery programmes and related operational provisions in country programmes;

C. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  • Coordinate and represent UNFPA in regional inter-agency humanitarian fora (UN agencies, NGOs, IFRC, ASEAN and other partners) related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), humanitarian preparedness and emergency response to position UNFPA mandate areas; prepare briefing materials as needed for APRO engagement in inter agency platforms;
  • Consult, co-ordinate and liaise with international, multi- and bi-lateral donors, to raise funds for emergency related programmes for the region and COs; oversee the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of humanitarian initiatives funded through Other/Non-core Resources;
  • Identify strategic partnerships, including with academic institutions, humanitarian actors, at the regional and national level;
  • Identify opportunities to influence regional and global policy setting and advocate with relevant government and civil society stakeholders for the inclusion of SRHR and GBV, based on evidence and good practice;

D. Knowledge Management 

  • Lead the identification of opportunities or lessons learned/best practices in humanitarian preparedness and response strategies in the region and ensure that these are incorporated into the UNFPA knowledge sharing system;
  • Support and undertake emergency related monitoring and evaluations, including development, field testing and application of new tools and methodologies. Participate in reviews and evaluations of UNFPA’s emergency related responses in the region, as well as regional and global policy reviews of such responses.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Humanitarian Emergencies, Management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in managing humanitarian programmes relevant to UNFPA’s mandate, including five at the international level
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in sexual and reproductive health and/or gender based violence in emergencies
  • Experience with Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health (RH) implementation and the IASC GBV guidelines;
  • Strong analytical, reporting writing, coordination and organizational skills
  • Experience in programme and/or technical assistance with the UN System
  • Excellent knowledge of policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and reforms
  • Field experience, particularly in humanitarian settings


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, knowledge of another UN language is desirable


Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies: 

  • Achieving result and ensuring programme quality and impact;
  • Being accountable;
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen;
  • Thinking analytically/managing ourselves and our relationships;
  • Communicating for impact.
  • Adapting and coping

Functional Competencies:

  • Business acumen
  • Implementing management systems
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Client orientation
  • Organizational awareness

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus;
  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders;
  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance;
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment.

Required Skillset:

  • Organizational Leadership and direction;
  • Strategically position UNFPA programmes in the country;
  • Understanding humanitarian contexts and applying humanitarian principles
  • Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness;
  • Strengthening the programme and technical capacity of country offices;
  • Facilitating quality programmatic results
  • Demonstrating resourcefulness


UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

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