The Technical Specialist for Reproductive Health Commodity Systems is located in the Commodity Security Branch (CSB) of the Technical Division, and reports to the Technical Adviser, RH Commodities with overall supervision from the Chief of CSB.
The Technical Specialist applies an integrated coordinated, and systems strengthening approach which is fundamental to the Division's and UNFPA's overall strategy. S/he will work closely with PSB, the Regional Advisors and Country Offices
UNFPA Supplies – a multilateral, multi-donor, UNFPA-managed thematic trust fund –is the world’s largest provider of donated contraceptives. The programme provides over 40 percent of all contraceptives donated to developing countries and helps strengthen health systems to deliver them. Since its inception in 2007, the programme has mobilized over US$1 billion to support national action to expand access to family planning for millions of the world’s poorest women and girls. UNFPA Supplies is uniquely positioned to support countries in their efforts to ensure universal health coverage (UHC), helping to build stronger, integrated health systems that will ensure access to and use of rights-based family planning services, contraceptives, and maternal health medicines.
UNFPA Supplies is governed through a tiered committee structure made up of key programme stakeholders and donors that provides strategic direction and management oversight. A Steering Committee approves programme strategy and key documents based on recommendations from three targeted sub-committees with deeper engagement and subject-matter expertise on finance & risk, strategy & planning, and human resources. Broader stakeholder input and engagement is achieved through annual Partner Assembly meetings.
The Technical Specialist provides strategic technical and programmatic support to ensure that UNFPA commitments specified in the UNFPA Supplies Programme are fulfilled and universal access to reproductive health commodities is firmly placed within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Responsibilities of the Technical Specialist include:
This post will provide advice and support to ensure all member states have access to a broader mix of modern contraceptive methods and essential, lifesaving maternal health commodities. S/he will provide technical and programmatic support to ensure quality, timeliness and impact in the delivery of results, in all programmes in the areas of Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS). In the broadest definition, this post is multi- sectoral and crosscutting, engaging in all issues affecting commodity security, system strengthening, supply management, quality, availability, accessibility and sustainability of RH commodities.
This post will provide advice and support in the development of country plans building on existing and on-going national planning exercises. In all activities, s/he fosters collaboration within TD, with the Programme Division, including Humanitarian Response, with PSB, with Regional offices, and with the UNFPA Technical network, ensuring the timeliness, adequacy and relevance and quality of substantive outputs.
The primary roles of the Technical Specialist for Reproductive Health Commodity Systems are:
Advanced degree in public health, pharmacy, medicine, sociology, demography, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management or other related fields.
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