Programme Officer, SWEDD


The Position

Under the guidance of the SWEDD Director, SWEDD Programme Officer provides operational, planning, technical and coordination support for the Sahel Women Empowerment and Demographic Dividend project (SWEDD). The main responsibility of the program officer is to ensure the technical coordination of the programme by providing appropriate support to the SWEDD Director. S/he prepares and ensures the annual planning and review of the programme.

S/he acts as a key interface with all various units within UNFPA WCARO and SWEDD stakeholders, coordinating the flow of programmatic information and thereby ensuring smooth and timely operations, allowing better planning and more predictable delivery by the Regional Technical Secretariat (RTS) while optimizing the time of the SWEDD Director.

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 strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

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

The Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project (SWEDD) is a regional collaboration encompassing 13 countries in West and Central Africa, and is funded by the World Bank’s regional IDA (International Development Association) resources. The Project acts on the UN-World Bank commitment and partnership to address the Demographic Dividend in the Sahel. The overall goal of the project is to increase women and adolescent girls’ empowerment and their access to quality reproductive, child and maternal health services in selected areas of the participating countries including the Recipients’ territory, and to improve regional knowledge generation and sharing as well as regional capacity and coordination.

The SWEDD Project interventions are structured around 3 primary components: (1) improve regional demand for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, adolescent, health and nutrition (RMNCAHN) and increase empowerment for women and adolescent girls; (2) Strengthen Regional Capacity and Availability of RMNCAHN Commodities and Qualified Health Workers; (3) Foster Commitment and Capacity for Policy Making and Project Implementation.

Project governance is vested in a Regional Steering Committee, supported by the Regional Technical Secretariat (RTS) located at the UNFPA’s West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO). The RTS is responsible for strengthening project management capacities of implementing agencies at national and regional levels. It also oversees the programming and implementation of all funding channeled through UNFPA for the project activities directly executed by UNFPA or sub-contracted to other agencies and partners.

It is in this context and as a member of the SWEDD Regional Technical Secretariat, that the Programme Officer performs a range of programmatic and administrative functions and engages in planning, reporting, and coordinating the implementation of regional interventions in collaboration with UNFPA WCARO Units, Country Offices, implementing partners, SWEDD Project Implementing Units and other partners.

You would be responsible for

  • Planning: coordinate the development of work plans at the regional level and support the planning of technical assistance at the country level;
  • Coordination support: Participates in the office’s advocacy and resource mobilization efforts, assists the RTS in the preparation of the annual sessions of the Regional Steering Committee and other meetings;
  • Programme support: coordinate and follow up the implementation of SWEDD work plans at regional level;
  • Knowledge management: manage the knowledge management platform, gather the project relevant documents, reports and publications aimed at providing information and knowledge-based and readily useable methodologies to planners, policy makers, and program managers;
  • Administrative and operations supports: ensure compliance of work plans with SWEDD agreement, provide and organize relevant briefings and meetings for the SWEDD Director; follow up on decisions related to programmatic processes;
  • Reporting: assists in developing project contractual reports and support countries in the preparation of contractual reports, assists in monitoring and reporting mechanism;
  • Ensure quality insurance of relevant documents before sharing with worldwide;
  • Review all requests / search for additional information before submitting to Project Director;

Qualifications and Experience


Advance Degree in Public Health, Sociology, Public Administration, or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience

  • 5 years of professional experience in the substantive technical area and project coordination, of which at least two years at the international/regional level;
  • Strong organizational, planning and analytical ability and professional experiences in project management and development work;
  • Proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multidisciplinary, complex and multi-country programme environment;


Fluency in English is required and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region).

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,

Functional Competencies

  • Planning, organizing and multitasking,
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information,
  • Providing a technical support system,
  • Facilitating quality programmatic results,
  • Manage documents, correspondence and reports,
  • Internal and external relations and advocacy for resources mobilization,

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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