United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Recruitment for Data for Development Analyst – NOB


Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Recruitment for Data for Development Analyst – NOB.

The United Nations Population Fund, formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is a UN organization. The UNFPA says it “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“.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Data for Development Analyst – NOB

Job ID: 23165
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Appointment
Duration: One Year (Renewable Based On Availability Of Funds And Satisfactory Performance).

The Position

  • The Data for Development Analyst will contribute to UNFPA activities in the areas of socio-cultural, health and demographic data collection, analysis, dissemination and utilization including population research.
  • S/he will report directly to Assistant Representative P&D, under the general supervision of the Deputy Representative or Representative.

How you can make a difference:

  • 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 new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning, and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. Population and Development thematic area, among other things, provide the evidence, including benchmark data, for measuring progress made towards these transformative results.
  • UNFPA is seeking a candidate who is skilled in data management and can make a difference in the use of cutting edge technology in the collection, collation, analysis, dissemination and use of data (including population and housing data), while ensuring several dimensions of data quality and integrity, as well as integrating geospatial methodologies.
  • The prospective candidate should be transparent and exceptional in capacity building and use of resources entrusted to her/him and able to deliver excellent and timely programme results.

Job Purpose

  • In a world where work stream on data disaggregation is to respond to the aim of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is to ensure that no one is left behind; accurate, reliable, timely and disaggregated data, at national and sub-national levels,  is necessary to among other things, provide the basis to understand progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Population and Development thematic area in UNFPA is largely aimed at addressing the data needs for programming on issues of women, girls and young people.
  • In collaboration with all other UNFPA thematic areas (Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender/GBV, Adolescents and Youth and Humanitarian); relevant Government counterparts, sister UN agencies and other partners, you will work to improve availability and use of comprehensive disaggregated data.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities
You would be responsible for:

Providing strategic thinking, technical advice and innovative approaches to facilitating improved data interventions and provide strategic support to achieve programme deliverables:

  • Support innovative means to reach out to key stakeholders in data, and facilitate evidence-based advocacy campaigns for making social investments in: (i) integration of population data in planning, designing and implementing policies and programmes at national, States and LGA levels; (ii) data sharing to facilitate access.
  • Facilitate the strengthening of capacity in the data collection, analysis and use, and dissemination.
  • Support capacity building for staff in relevant government, NGO and CSO institutions in research including data collection, analysis, dissemination, and utilisation.
  • Provide technical assistance and support for the Population and Housing Census
  • Provide technical assistance for population research and prepare technically sound papers, reports and indicators;
  • Contribute to analyses of census, surveys (DHS and MICS), and other data for use by policy and decision makers and contribute to assessments of gaps in policy environment, policy implementation and programmatic responses.
  • Analyse and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to population and development, reproductive health and gender and identify opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.
  • Promote a results-based approach and integrate innovative policies and strategies into the design and formulation of country programmes (CPs), United Nations Development Framework and projects-based on strategic priorities and responsive to the Government’s needs in the areas of RH, P&D, Gender and humanitarian setting.

Guiding the process of delivery of technical assistance and engagement with partners on data for development:

  • Contribute substantively to the harmonisation and implementation of the data for development activities of the various UN agencies align with the UN reform, especially in relation to coordination of data activities (Delivery as One) in line standard statistical laws and practices.
  • Identify/monitor risks that could interfere with data generation delivery; and design sustainable and practicable mitigation measures.
  • Ensure general effective management for all the data inter-linkages of UNFPA’s programme, including SRH, ASRH/HIV maternal health including fistula and maternal death audits and cross-cutting issues in population data.
  • Ensure that data activity conducted by data generating organisation agency benefits from inputs by other interested stakeholders and/or are of benefits to other interested stakeholders (cross-fertilization).
  • Review respective findings and recommendations of census, surveys and researches to ensure their internal as well as external alignment with statistical practices.
  • Develop and implement appropriate action and activities to promote improve data.
  • Ensure the achievement of all objectives as planned and effective use of all financial resources allocated to data for development in line with UNFPA policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that compatible frameworks and tools are used in data collection, analysis, use and dissemination (including technical notes).

Manage Knowledge Management for the project:

  • Contribute to the production of consolidated Annual Work Plans (AWP) and annual reports
  • Support the collection (including through operational research) of lessons learnt and best practices that enhance the effectiveness of data sharing interventions, disseminate to stakeholders, and advocate for scaling up of the SRHR integration programme.
  • Provide technical assistance to national counterparts in the formulation of policies and research to generate evidence on the issues of women, girls and adolescents and youth
  • Support advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts through production of analytical reports and publications on issues of women, girls and adolescents and youth
  • Support UNFPA Representative to dialogue and lobby with major funding organizations and development partners to leverage funds towards implementation of the Population and Development programme.
  • Ensure compilation, analysis and publication of statistical and other data and materials supporting programme inter-linkages and document lessons learnt and participate in dissemination to relevant partners.
  • Develop actions for resource mobilization to support the work being done on UNFPA’s mandate.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Representative or designate.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Possess at least a Master’s degree in Demography, Population Studies, Statistics, Sociology, Economics or any other Social Sciences related fields.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Have the ability to work under pressure.
  • Have excellent communication and human relation skills.
  • Be proficient in current office and data analysis software applications.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years working experience.
  • Have demonstrable experience in population data and research at national level.
  • Have experience in working with government institutions and donor organizations.
  • Be familiar with issues on population, reproductive health, gender and adolescents and youth including in humanitarian setting.


  • Have a strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English

Required Competencies

  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNFPA Values and Guiding Principles;
  • Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment/Performance Management;
  • Team Work/Communication/Self-Management
  • Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation and Commitment to Excellence/Decision Making;
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team of specialists
  • Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Results-based programme development and management
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Resource mobilization (Programme)
  • Job knowledge.

UNFPA Work Environment:

  • 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.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.
  • The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Application Deadline 12th May, 2019.


  • Please note that this vacancy announcement is only for  Nigerian Nationals.
  • No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN staff regulations 4.5.

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