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Senior Health Expert

Senior Health Expert

Category: Individual Consultant Contract

Duration: 11 months

Deadline: Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Background: The Constitution of Nepal 2015 protects the sexual and reproductive health rights and choices of women and girls. Nepal has made tremendous progress in improving its health indicators and was able to achieve most of the MDGs. Affirmative government policies and programs have contributed to bringing about positive maternal health outcomes, including a reduction in maternal mortality. The recently endorsed Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Act will be a cornerstone in ensuring rights enshrined in the constitution. Despite these successes, Nepal has one of the highest maternal deaths in the region and is stagnant for a decade – inequalities exist and disparities are widening which indicates the country’s weak health system. The COVID-19 pandemic has further strained the health system by diverting health resources and capacities from SRH services to address the pandemic.

The health sector in Nepal has had a Sector Wide Approach since 2004 and is currently implementing the third phase of the national health sector strategy together with external developmental partners. While SRHR is a priority program under the essential health care services, concerted actions are required to address the SRHR among women and adolescents. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is in the process of developing its fourth health sector strategy which provides a huge opportunity to strengthen the overall SRHR programming in the country including accelerating the implementation of ICPD PoA and achieving the UNFPA three transformative results.

UNFPA works to ensure SRHR remains at the very centre of development. UNFPA has been providing technical support to MoHP and contributed to establishing progressive policies and legislative environment for SRH, technical support to put in place SRH protocols and guidelines, and has invested in developing health systems including human resources and supply chain management for SRH and provision of SRH commodities to the Government of Nepal.

In this context, UNFPA requires a Senior Health Expert who will support the country office in its policy advocacy and programme interventions related to accelerating the achievement of UNFPA's transformative results. The consultant will provide technical assistance to UNFPA programming including technical support for the development of the next Health Sector Strategy and development of SRH program concept notes and proposals for resource mobilization. The consultant will work in close coordination with the UNFPA Reproductive Health (RH) team, Humanitarian team and MoHP, under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, UNFPA.

Eligibility: An advanced university degree in medicine/nursing with an advanced degree in public health or any relevant discipline. At least seven years relevant professional experience in leading. managing SRH or health programmes Experience in policy advocacy, documentation/report writing, coordination, development of project proposal, concept note, strategy, and policy documents. Good understanding of the Nepal Government’s Health and Population related policies, strategies, guidelines, and laws. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the relevant Government partners and other stakeholders. Familiarity with ICPD, SDGs and UNFPA mandates preferred. Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English language. Excellent facilitation, presentation and analytical skills. 

How to apply: More detailed information, including the detailed Terms of Reference, competency profile and education/experience and other requirements can be found at Applicants must complete a Personal History Form (P-11), together with a curriculum vitae (CV) and application letter. P-11 form can be downloaded from Please send your applications only by email to clearly marking the Position Title in the Subject of your email.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 6 October 2021 by 5.00 pm Nepal time. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. UNFPA will only respond to applications to whom we have further interest.

Notice: There is no application, processing, or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all, including persons with disabilities.