JPO - Associate Programme Support Officer, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Amman, Jordan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Jordan

City: Amman, Jordan

Office: UNDP Iraq, Amman

Grade: P-2

Closing date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Job ID: 29097

Practice Area - Job Family: HIV and Health - SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 11/03/2020

Duty Station: Amman, Jordan

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages: English


Grade: P2

Vacancy Type: FTA International (JPO)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Arab States

Contract Duration: One-year fixed-term appointment, renewable at least once subject to satisfactory performance


IMPORTANT: Under the UNDP JPO programme framework, this position is open only to nationals of Belgium. For further information about the JPO Programme, please visit:


UNRWA was established by UN resolution 302 on 8 December 1949, with the renewable mandate of providing relief and works to Palestine refugees following a human development approach. UNRWA serves Palestine refugees in areas of education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. The population of Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA is at

4 million, and resides across the five fields of operation: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and Gaza.

Through services provided by UNRWA, the goal of the Health Programme is for Palestine refugees to live long and healthy lives by receiving access to comprehensive, quality basic health services, consistent with the humanitarian policies of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as with the policies and strategies of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Department of Health at UNRWA Head Quarters, Amman, provides guidance and technical direction on the various components of the Health Programme to the fields through a set of technical instruction, guidelines and management protocols. These guidelines are periodically revised and updated in accordance with the basic principles and concepts of the World Health Organization, approved Agency policies and best practices in public health. Operational research is conducted by HQ staff with the support of the field offices to periodically assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the Health Programme and possible needs for policy change.

Amman, Jordan, will be the regular place of residence and the candidate may be asked to travel between fields of UNRWA operation.

Content and methodology of supervision:

The JPO will attend weekly department meetings, biannual feedback meetings and ad-hoc meetings.

Upon completion of the assignment, the JPO will have / be able to...

JPO will be familiar with the health information system and operation of the Health Department

JPO will shape his/her skills in project management and implementation.

JPO will be familiar with HD reform including FHT, e-health and he/she will be a strong advocate for such reform.

JPO will gain experience in working in a large organisation such as the UNRWA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to the Department of Health and field offices on SRH project and program implementation and coordination, and policy and proposal writing (40%).

Liaise with donors, internal departments and fields on the development and coordination of projects, implementation, monitoring and evaluation within the Department (20%).

Identify, analyse, and synthesise evidence and technical knowledge in the area of SRH (including review/revision of existing protocols) and support its transfer to improve the effectiveness of UNRWA operations. (10%).

Document best practices and lessons learned related to the UNRWA interventions in regards to health programming and support knowledge sharing (10%)

Synthesize narrative reports, including developing, drafting and editing project mid-term reports and completion reports (20%).


Key competencies of the assignment:

Excellent analytical verbal and written communication skills.

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Strong experience in analytical writing, synthesizing and editing of reports, proposals and policies.

Ability to think strategically and express ideas clearly, work independently and in teams, and demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness combined with cultural and gender sensitivity.

Substantive knowledge and practical experience in reproductive and sexual health programming.

A strong commitment to development of health, an interest in adapting to professional environment and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.

Desirable qualifications:

Experience in working in the Health field

Knowledge of the Middle East politics and the status of Palestine refugees.

Knowledge of the UN system.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Science, Epidemiology, Health systems or other related disciplines.

Work experience:

At least two years of paid, relevant national and international work experience in public health or in development.

Language requirements:

Excellent command of written and spoken English

The working knowledge of Arabic would be desirable

Age of applicant:

Under the UNDP JPO programme framework, the applicant should not be older than 32 years of age as of 31 December 2020.


Under the UNDP JPO programme framework, this position is open only to nationals of Belgium. For further information about the JPO Programme, please visit:


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