The Position: The Technical Specialist on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health (FP/MH/RHCS/SRHR) will be based in Port Moresby with travel as required to different provinces in PNG. They will work under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative in PNG, the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, and they will work closely with other program staff in the UNFPA Country office. They will lead the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights team at the country office and work collaboratively with the National Department of Health, Provincial Health Authorities, NGO partners, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies to enhance family planning, maternal health, and reproductive health commodity security (RHCS), including managing PNG’s transition to more sustainable, nationally financed RHCS 3 SUPPLIES. They will provide technical support and conduct relevant research, analysis and training activities aimed at providing information and knowledge base and methodologies to national counterparts, planners, policy makers, programme managers and service providers.
Job Purpose: The Government of Papua New Guinea has prioritized population as a national development concern articulated in the Alotau Accord II of August 2017. The high political commitment to the health and wellbeing of the population is well articulated in the National Development Plan, Vision 2050, the Reproductive Health Policy, the National Population Policy 2015-2024, and the family planning policy. The Government envisions reducing the country’s high maternal mortality ratio by more than 50 percent by year 2024 but is currently off-track to achieve this goal – a situation further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health has prioritized family planning as the most cost-effective intervention and the government aims to have family planning and maternal health services throughout the country including the remotest areas. The Technical Specialist will support the Government’s goal by providing technical guidance, advice, and advocacy for a comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health program which is sustainably financed and addresses quality of care, inequities in access to care and a health system strengthening and human rights based approach. The Technical Specialist will work in collaboration with partners to expand availability of quality comprehensive SRHR services, including respectful routine and emergency maternal and newborn care for all populations, improving the skills and competencies of SRH/Maternal Health service providers with a focus on midwives, upskilling of community health workers and village volunteers.
You would be responsible for: Providing dedicated leadership and technical support to national efforts to scale up and sustainably finance a high quality and comprehensive national SRHR program for all populations including in humanitarian emergencies.