Technical Specialist

United Nations Population Fund

Luanda, Angola

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: IT and ICT

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 SRHR, 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 Technical Specialist. Population and Development (P&D) will provide innovative technical knowledge and deliver substantive technical advice on current and emerging approaches in population data and policies to CO, government, intergovernmental bodies, and the UN. S/he works to ensure strong programme management of the P&D portfolio; strengthen technical capacities of national experts; improve the quality, relevance and usefulness of population data; and promote a more effective and extensive use of population data for development. In all activities s/he fosters collaboration within the UNFPA Technical Division and Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, ensuring the national implementation of international best practices in population data and policies.

Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent degree, or higher) in demography, geography, statistics or economics with an emphasis on demography, or related field, as well as a first-level university degree in any of the same fields. Programming experience is necessary to perform this task, as is a solid background in statistics or mathematics.

​​​Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of population and development, with good knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods. 
  • Strong results-based programme management experience, with particular focus on strategic planning and capacity building. 
  • Previous experience working with the UN and understanding of Human Rights dimensions of P&D, an asset.
  • Experience in national and/or sectoral policy dialogue, especially in the context of UN Reform and Joint Programming, and the new aid environment, would be a distinct advantage. 
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality policy analysis, papers and briefs.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to make compelling oral presentations.
  • Understanding of development planning and policy processes.
  • Experience in large scale national surveys and censuses.
  • Highly motivated, proactive and ability to work both independently and in teams.


  • Fluency in English is mandatory. Good knowledge of Portuguese is an asset. Please clearly indicate your skill level of the languages in your application.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.