Demographic Resilience and Policy Adviser


Job Purpose

The adviser provides strategic technical and programmatic leadership and policy direction on population and development issues for the region to ensure that WCARO and the UNFPA Country Offices in the region play a leadership role in advancing the Strategic Plan, ICPD PoA and the 2030 agenda. S/he maintains primary responsibility for coordination of provision of technical assistance, and for providing policy and programme support to the countries of the region on using population data (e.g. census, CRVS, household surveys), to assess the implications of populations trends for development, for national investments to achieve the SDGs, and for the formulation of evidence-based population and development policies. S/he will provide guidance on how UNFPA Country Offices (COs) can support governments to use population data, including results from the 2020 round of census, to assure resilient national planning in the face of complex megatrends. S/he will provide technical guidance and support on the generation of national and sub-national population projections, and the development of use cases on how the prevailing population dynamics are likely to affect attainment of UNFPA’s Transformative Results and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). S/he analyses regional, as well as specific sub-regional trends, and contributes to strategic action in response of these as well as to the monitoring of UNFPA substantive areas being firmly placed within national development frameworks and programmes, including the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the AU Agenda 2063.

You would be responsible for

Responsibilities will include identifying new and emerging needs in the area of evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue, providing guidance on the impact of population dynamics and demographic transition in public policies and investments; establishing clear links between investments in SRHR, education, gender equality, young people, and the reduction of poverty and inequality, and maintaining technical partnerships in the region; coordinating and providing leadership to regional efforts around evidence, knowledge and innovation; and ensuring that technical knowledge is updated, generated, disseminated and utilized for effective technical, capacity building, policy dialogue and advocacy.

The primary roles of the Demographic Resilience and Policy Advisor are:

  • Evidence Generation and Analyses
  • Strategic Population and Sustainable Development Policy Advice
  • Quality Technical Support and Capacity Development
  • Evidence and Knowledge Management
  • Technical Representation, Strategic Partnerships and Strategic Positioning.

Evidence Generation and Analyses

  • Identify and analyze demographic trends and projections, including fertility, mortality, migration, displacement and urbanization, that may affect the achievement of UNFPA’s transformative results, ICPD PoA and SDGs within the region at the regional, subregional and country level;
  • Leverage population censuses and other demographic data sources for the production and analysis of disaggregated data on vulnerable population groups such as persons with disabilities, adolescent and young girls, older persons, ethnic minorities, migrants, refugees and IDPs, including for SDG monitoring purposes.
  • Analyze conditions and interventions that can facilitate countries to harness demographic, health and gender dividends to accelerate progress towards UNFPA’s Transformative Results and the SDGs;
  • Scan and analyze political, economic, social, technical, environment, health and legal factors pertaining to population and development issues, and provide strategic advice on their implications for the UNFPA mandate in the region;
    Strategic Population and Sustainable Development Policy Advice
  • Demonstrate the value of demographic analysis and demographic intelligence for sustainable development, and advise on the importance of integrating and addressing demographic dynamics within development policies across different sectors at the regional and country level;
  • Contribute to the development of new or updated population and development policies at country level, as well as regional position papers and policy products;
  • Participate in UNFPA technical networks, symposia and Reference Groups on Demographic Resilience and Population Policy, demographic dividends, population dynamics and climate change, migration, healthy aging, and provide input into UNFPA corporate thinking for the advancement of the three transformative results and ICPD PoA in the region;
  • Develop and synthesize policy briefs and publications to better target public investments in the region toward sustainable development and demographic resilience;

Quality technical support and capacity development

  • Advise country offices and provide technical capacity strengthening for the effective use of demographic data for development policies and planning;
  • Support capacity strengthening on technical tools and approaches, including population projections, the use of the UNFPA Population Situation Assessment (PSA), National Transfer Accounts (NTAs) (including National Time Transfer Accounts, NTTAs); and related model-based estimates and tools on demographic dividend(s) in the region, ensuring consistency and coherence in addressing priorities for UNFPA;
  • Work with HQ and other ROs to support the WCA regional adaptation of training materials, manuals and tools, including basic and advanced training on demographic analysis, NTAs/NTTAs, and ensure their availability and promote their use for capacity development;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a regional integrated strategy to strengthen capacities pertaining to population and development issues in the region, including regional and sub-regional institutional capacities for supporting and sustaining high-quality technical work by governments;
  • Monitor the quality of the technical support received at the country level on issues pertaining to population dynamics, demographic resilience, demographic dividend and population megatrends, and coach and manage junior professional staff and consultants to assure quality technical work;

Evidence and knowledge management

  • Coordinate and monitor the regional knowledge platform as a mechanism to share technical skills and knowledge within and among programme countries and/or other regions in population dynamics and demographic dividend;
  • Work closely with HQ and COs to support the WCA regional sub-section of the UNFPA Population Data Portal (PDP), and support the coordination with governments and COs to facilitate national portals and thematic dashboards for the region;
  • Coordinate the preparation of white papers, policy briefs and related materials for evidence-based policy dialogues at regional level, and provide similar support at the request of country offices and in support of the corporate executive leadership at HQs;
  • Identify regional experts and institutional sources of technical knowledge on population dynamics, demographic intelligence and dividends, and population policies and establish and maintain a consultant roster for the region;

Technical Representation, Strategic Partnerships and Strategic Positioning

  • Develop and co-ordinate partnerships and collaboration on population dynamics and resilience, demographic dividends, and population policies with other UN agencies and global partners, including in the context of the UNDG and the UN Africa Regional Collaboration Platforms and Opportunity and Issue Based coalitions, the Regional Economic Commissions, the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission, and other regional institutions;
  • Represent UNFPA on relevant technical fora in the region, and elaborate UNFPA’s substantive regional and global perspectives in relevant international, inter-governmental, and other policy and technical meetings;
  • Initiate, develop, strengthen and monitor substantive partnerships in population dynamics, demographic resilience, demographic dividends and population megatrends, including with counterparts in UNFPA’s HQ and ROs to identify opportunities for South-South cooperation and study tours to enhance technical excellence in the population development ecosystem in the region;
  • Collaborate academia, research and training institutions, think tanks, centers of excellence, professional societies in the region; and;
  • Act as focal point for inter-agency working groups including through the Opportunity Issues Based Coalition (OIBCs) on Demographic Dividend, Migration and Climate Change;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Regional Director, the Deputy Regional Director or Chief Population Branch in HQs;

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree (doctorate level preferred) in demography, development economics, economic demography, population statistics, development policy or other population and policy related fields directly related to the substantive area.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the substantive area, with emphasis in the linkages between population, economic development, and social policies of which seven years has been at the international level;
  • Demonstrated expertise in the substantive area of work including a track record of high-quality analyses and related publications;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate evidence and research findings into actionable policy programmatic recommendations;
  • Familiarity with methods and tools for modelling the demographic dividend and the generational economy, especially NTAs/NTTAs;
  • Experience working with a diverse range of countries, and with national leaders including government partners;
  • Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce quality and timely results;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, especially for the transmission of technical knowledge to non-experts;
  • Demonstrated ability to network within the academic and development community;
  • Familiarity with management and monitoring tools is desirable;
  • Familiarity with ICT/ERP is an asset;
  • Field experience is strongly desirable;


Fluency in English is required and French is desirable. Other UN languages are assets;

Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change,

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact,

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda,
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners / building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering Results Based Programmes
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and Information
  • External and internal communication and advocacy for results mobilization

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,

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.

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