Programme Analyst

United Nations Population Fund

dakar, Senegal

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 primary responsibility of the Programme Analyst is to support the effective provision of technical assistance and programme support to the countries of the region in the area of data analysis, evidence and policy. S/he analyses continental as well as specific regional/cluster trends and contributes to strategic action in response to these, contributing to the monitoring of UNFPA substantive areas being firmly placed within national development frameworks and programmes, including the achievement of the SDGs.

Responsibilities of the Programme Analyst include: support to the implementation and monitoring of the UNFPA strategic plan in the region with sound data and evidence; and, to contribute effectively to the update, generation, collection and dissemination of technical knowledge for effective technical, capacity building and policy dialogue.

In all activities, s/he works within an inter-disciplinary team that provides integrated programme and technical support to the region. S/he also liaises with other units and regions thus ensuring the timeliness, adequacy, relevance and quality of technical support to UNFPA operations.

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Two years of increasingly responsible professional experience in work related to international development Substantive knowledge and practical experience in population, policy development and data Experience in Population research, census, DHS, civil registration, evidence, data, an asset
  • Experience of linkages between population and other UNFPA issues like the demographic dividend Demonstrated experience in data collection, analysis and reporting Experience in population related policy development, an asset Have sound knowledge of the social and cultural realities of the region.
  • Have strong research and analytical skills Familiarity with UN procedures and working methods, particularly with UNFPA’s agenda, policies and procedures, is highly desirable.


  • Post-graduate University Degree or equivalent in public health, sociology, demography, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management or other related field.


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