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Mission and objectives

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 expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA helps to ensure the wider availability of reproductive health and youth-friendly HIV prevention services through a framework of appropriate national policies, strategies, and guidelines. It backs high-quality, disaggregated data to guide policymaking and planning. Programmes also strengthen responses to gender-based violence and help to empower women in rural areas. Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are smaller and healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before. The 8th Country programme endeavors to support the effective implementation of the Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, and Adolescent Health policy by using different strategies. UNFPA will also use its comparative advantage to support data collection and analysis to identify the most vulnerable populations and prioritize these in advocacy interventions. UNFPA will support the effectively deliver of integrated and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, including in humanitarian situations. The programme will also ensure young people are equipped with knowledge and skills to make informed decisions on reproductive health and rights and fully participate in development and humanitarian actions. All these will be achieved through a mix of strategies and interventions.


The UNV will maintain collaborative relationships with counterparts in government, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, international financial institutions, and civil society to address emerging issues. S/he must effectively influence counterparts from diverse backgrounds to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate. Internal contacts include the Representative, Deputy Representative, the CO’s programme/ technical team and Regional Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Advisor. External contacts include other UN agencies in the country, and counterparts and partners in Country Programme activities, including, International Financial Institutions, international NGOs, experts etc.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of UNFPA Representative, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Perform various tasks and provides vital technical inputs to all activities pertaining to external relations and private sector partnership.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Representative, the UNV assists the country office in innovative financing, mobilizing resources and partnerships in support of UNFPA Mandate and Programming in Rwanda. This includes innovative financing within the context of achieving the ICPD Programme of Action and the new UNFPA Strategic Plan (2022 -2025), UNSDCF and the National Strategy for Transformation. The primary activities of the UNV include:
  • Initiation and maintenance of Strategic Partnerships, Policy Advocacy Development, and Implementation on ICPD
  • Resource Mobilization, including with new partners • Innovation in Financing for development cooperation
  • Strong position of UNFPA in the UN family Strategic Partnerships, Policy, And Advocacy:
  • Support the CO in positioning of the ICPD Agenda as well as all other relevant campaigns and UNFPA related mandate and global commitments, through the identification, initiation, development, and maintenance of strategic partnerships, including national, regional and global;
  • Support scanning of the national environment and its implications on UNFPA in the country with emphasis on ICPD and the relevant SDGs;
  • Assist in policy dialogue and advocacy with Government, parliamentarians, civil society, private sector, philanthropists, academic institutions to further the advancement of ICPD and the SDGs;
  • Engage in networks and partnerships building at the national, and subnational, where relevant, level around issues of UNFPA’s mandate for the achievement of the SDGs, including partnerships for blended financing;


Innovative Financing & Resource Mobilization:

  • Leads on the formulation and design of the UNFPA Rwanda Innovative Financing and Resources Mobilization and Partnerships Strategy,
  • Coordinate the Innovative Financing and Resource Mobilization and Partnership Committee and its component in line with the Country Office priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures.
  • Develop, regularly update, and coordinate implementation of the Country Office Innovative Financing and Resource Mobilization Strategy;
  • Coordinate the development of proposals with CO Team in areas of potential partnerships;
  • Monitor the programme cycle and implementation of country programmes in the areas of advocacy, resource allocation and utilization and identify the need for resource mobilization in the various programmes of the Operations Management Plan;
  • On an ongoing basis, undertake mapping of the country for potential strategic partners and identify opportunities for resource mobilization and co-financing;
  • Liaise with donors, at the national level;
  • Liaise with Regional Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Adviser and Resource Mobilization Branch on the issues of resource mobilization and donor reporting, reviews and comments as necessary on co-financing Agreements, proposals and reports to ensure quality and compliance with UNFPA procedures and donor requirements;
  • Work closely with the Humanitarian Programme Specialist on mobilizing necessary funds during humanitarian crises, including providing inputs to Inter-agency resource mobilization, SDG Fund Facility, UNFPA Strategic Investment Facility, etc.
  • Collaborate with other UN agencies on Innovative Financing and Resources mobilization in the context of Delivering as ONE. Innovation:
  • Foster innovation for an open exchange of state-of-the-art programmatic innovations in partnership with relevant CO Programme/Technical Specialists:
  • Market innovative financing tools, such as the UNFPA Strategic Investment Facility with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and private sector;
  • Contribute to CO identification and assessment of innovation in each technical and programme area;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Representative and/ or Deputy Representative.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80

Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

5 years of experience in

  • Progressively responsible professional working experience in programme planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation, in a related field.
  • Proven track record in donor relationship management • Strong understanding of International Financial Institutions, private sector partnerships and innovation for development
  • Understanding of UNFPA core-mandate areas and experience in ICPD programming will be an added value
  • Good analytical skills and ability to interpret complex socio-cultural backgrounds as well as quickly obtain an overview of a variety of activities and approaches of national and international actors.
  • Demonstrated leadership, facilitation, and team working skills and ability to establish harmonious working relations in an international and multicultural environment, both within and outside UNFPA
  • Ability to transfer skills to team members to further enhance existing skills.
  • Communication skills especially for transfer of knowledge, and experience of the UN system is an added advantage


English, Level: Fluent, Required

French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Financing, Social Science, Political Science, Resource Mobilization and Leveraging of National Partner Resources

Competencies and values

  • 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
  • Workings in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationships
  • Communicating for impact Managerial Competencies:
  • Providing strategic focus
  • Engaging internal/ external partners and stakeholders
  • Leading, developing, and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, has undergone an incredible period of rejuvenation and stability that is clearly visible the moment you step out into this beautiful city. Concerning transport, even though motorcycle taxis are not recommended, they are the fastest way to get around this metropolis. Helmets are provided, but it is better to have your own helmet. You can also take a standard taxi. Those with a yellow stripe will be run by individuals, while the majority will belong to either Kigali Taxi Service (3122) or Kigali Airport Taxis (476586). Public transportation is the cheapest way to get around Kigali, and many of the buses are new and well-maintained. You can also take these buses farther afield; expect to pay a fare based on distance. Transport prepaid cards are available for passengers at each bus station, and you can load a minimum amount of two hundred Rwandan francs (200RWF). If public transport isn’t your style, cars are available for rent or purchase in Kigali. Major investment has been made in infrastructure, including roads, and congestion in this city has never been particularly bad. Accommodations are found easily and at the relevant standards and recreation infrastructures (swimming pools, aerobics, etc…) can be found in the various places. Shops and markets are available with necessary items including imported goods, home furnishings and electrical appliances and vehicles spare parts. Public and private health facilities are available in Kigali and some of them such as King Faisal Hospital, Legacy Clinic, Hôpital la Croix du Sud, etc …work with CIGNA insurance. The above Hospitals have necessary health equipment; ambulances, adequate health services and can handle any emergency. Kigali is an exceptionally safe city. However, in case of emergency, there are several emergency numbers in Kigali, so be sure to know which to call. You can reach the police on a special line by dialling 999. Fire fighters can be reached at 111 and the emergency services are at 112. If you have or see a traffic accident, call 113. 16. Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity, and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment. The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications, and other basic needs. Unified Conditions of Service for UN Volunteers can be accessed on the following link: UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy