Job Description

The Position:

The Regional Humanitarian Adviser (RHA) is responsible for operationalizing UNFPA’s corporate humanitarian vision in the Asia Pacific region. You will provide high level policy and programme planning support in matters related to humanitarian and fragile contexts in the Asia Pacific region; undertake risk analysis, provide country offices with technical advice and coordination support on contingency planning and emergency response efforts, quality assurance and evaluation support for UNFPA’s humanitarian portfolio in the region with particular focus on the most vulnerable groups such as refugee and displaced communities especially women, girls and young people.

You will represent UNFPA and work in collaboration with regional humanitarian partners (UN and international NGOs), regional institutions and other stakeholders to strengthen and advocate for emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction and to provide humanitarian assistance to crisis affected communities in a manner consistent with Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidance and within the context of the New Way of Working (NWOW) to strengthen the humanitarian, development, and peace continuum.

You will report directly to the Regional Director, Asia Pacific Regional Office.

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 new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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 works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged communities. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.  The accountability of the post embraces UNFPA’s advocacy with governments and partners as well as other aspects under UNFPA’s strategic framework.

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:

Given the increasing scale and complexity of natural disasters and complex emergencies in the region, you will work toward the integration of humanitarian preparedness and response within the regional programme and country programmes. As part of the regional office, you will position UNFPA’s humanitarian portfolio in the region and support country offices on strategies, policy and technical humanitarian issues in line with UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate, policies and procedures. You will be expected to provide direct and remote guidance and support to country offices on humanitarian issues in line with UNFPA’s humanitarian mandate, policies and procedures.

You will ensure coordination and linkages between development and humanitarian programmes to promote resourceful, resilient strategies and support the integration of UNFPA’s mandate within emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and resilience plans in the Asia Pacific.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Humanitarian Emergencies, Management or other related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in managing humanitarian programmes relevant to UNFPA’s mandate, including five at the international level

Substantive knowledge and practical experience in sexual and reproductive health and/or gender based violence in emergencies

Experience with Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health (RH) implementation and the IASC GBV guidelines;

Strong analytical, reporting writing, coordination and organizational skills

Experience in programme and/or technical assistance with the UN System

Excellent knowledge of policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs and reforms

Field experience, particularly in humanitarian settings


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, knowledge of another UN language is desirable