International Consultant - Strategic Planning and Programme Development Adviser

12 days ago: United Nation Population Fund

Job Description

CLOSING DATE:               16 October 2016  (5:00 pm Bangkok time)
DUTY STATION:                 Bangkok (Asia and the Pacific Regional Office)
DURATION:                        1 November 2016 - 10 February 2017 
                                            (estimated 60 working days,
                                             with a possibility of extension)
STARTING DATE :              1 November 2016 
Purpose of consultancy:
Guided by the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) partners with governments, civil society and other agencies to accomplish its mission, which aims to promote the rights of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity and supports countries in using data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every person is free of HIV and AIDS and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
The UNFPA Strategic Plan (SP) 2014-17 provides a framework for UNFPA programming at all levels of the organization. Under the current SP, sexual and reproductive health and rights has been placed at the centre of the work of the organization with the overall goal of achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, the realization of reproductive rights, and the reduction of maternal mortality to accelerate progress on achieving the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda. There are four key outcome areas under the SP related to increasing availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services; increasing priority on adolescents in development policies and programmes; advancing gender quality, women’s and girls’ empowerment and reproductive rights; and strengthening national policies and international development agendas through evidence based analysis on population dynamics and their linkages to the SDGs.
Population dynamics is an important area of work for UNFPA. The support provided to the preparation and analysis of censuses and other population-based surveys and the integration of population dynamics in national development policies and plans is critical to ensuring that marginalized and vulnerable groups are at the centre of sustainable development.
A human rights-based approach and promotion of gender equality are principles that are expected to underpin and cut across all of the work of the organization. 
The Asia Pacific Regional Programme (RP) is as part of the corporate Strategic Plan 2014-17. It is aligned with the results framework of the Strategic Plan and designed to support country needs through thought leadership, advocacy and strategic partnerships; engagement in inter-governmental policy dialogue and with regional bodies and networks and civil society organizations; and capacity building including through technical and policy advice, knowledge generation and dissemination and South South and Triangular Cooperation.
In 2014, the ICPD Beyond 2014 Review reaffirmed the importance of the ICPD agenda.  It recognized the successes of last two decades as well as the need to accelerate progress in areas that were lagging behind, while responding to emerging challenges related to population and development. The Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development adopted at the Sixth Asia Pacific Population Conference in 2013 is a forward looking plan for the next 10 years and it articulates the unfinished business as well as the emerging challenges in this region. There are strong points of convergence between the 2030 Agenda and the ICPD Programme of Action across several goals, targets and indicators and commitment to universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as well as promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Overall the 2013 review found that in Asia Pacific, deaths and poor health among women still remain unacceptably high. Poverty and gender inequality pose significant barriers to maternal health in the region - this calls for a more integrated and holistic approaches that aim to improve the quality, coverage and affordability of SRH services on the one hand, and target interventions that eliminate the barriers women and girls confront in utilizing SRH services and exercising their reproductive rights, on the other. This is critical to achieving the central pledge of the SDGs to reach the furthe
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