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Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension: Entry points for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific



Hiring Office:

UNFPA Papua New Guinea

Purpose of consultancy:

Papua New Guinea is a country with a high total fertility rate and a resultant growing working-age population which will place the country in a good position to reap the demographic dividend with the right investments in health, education, employment opportunities and governance.

A demographic dividend (DD) is a window of opportunity for economic growth which begins with demographic shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly due to fertility decline. This occurs when the proportion of the working-age population (aged 15 to 64) is higher than the proportion of the non-working-age population (under 15 and 65 and over). This means a lower number of dependents and a higher number of people who can work. With an appropriate mix of education, skills, employment opportunities, and health, coupled with strong governance and effective policy frameworks, this group of people can drive the country’s economic growth and social development.

For the Government of PNG to harness the DD, there is a need to promote youth development, mainstream gender and enhance national evidence-based policies aimed at equitable and sustainable development in the country. To assist the government on this initiative, the UNESCAP, UNFPA, and the Department of National Planning and Monitoring are jointly implementing a project that contributes to the provision of education and employment opportunities for adolescents and youth, reducing inequalities and addressing the impact of demographic challenges, including gender perspectives.

This project has three main activities, namely: (i) A workshop for key national stakeholders, including policymakers, civil society organizations, donors and international organizations, with the aim to build their capacity in terms of using the statistical framework to harness the demographic dividend and achieve greater gender equality in Papua New Guinea: (ii) Formulation of draft inputs for the development of sector-specific national strategies, plans and policies to support harnessing the demographic dividend and achieving greater gender equality in Papua New Guinea; and (iii) A workshop/consultation for/with key national stakeholders, including policymakers, civil society organizations, donors and international organizations for follow up monitoring and evaluation ensuring that the statistical dashboard and operational manual, and other relevant resources are used to monitor and evaluate project implementation and refine draft inputs for the development of relevant sector-specific national strategies, plans and policies to harness the demographic dividend and achieve greater gender equality in Papua New Guinea.

These activities necessitate the services of a National DD Coordinator who will closely collaborate with the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) and stakeholders, conduct the workshops, consultations and monitoring. He/she is also expected to prepare draft inputs to the sector-specific national strategies, plans, and policies, and workshop/consultation/donor reports.

Scope of work:

(Description of services, activities, or outputs)

With the guidance of the Assistant Representative, the National DD Coordinator will:

Collaborate with the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and stakeholders to conduct the workshops, consultations (national and provincial levels), monitoring and evaluation of the DD project;

Draft workshop, consultations, monitoring/evaluation, donor and other reports as required;

Draft presentation, meeting/workshop materials, action points/minutes of the meeting, and correspondence;

Draft inputs to the sector-specific national strategies, plans and policies;

Arrange for the review of the initial draft inputs;

Revise the draft inputs in preparation for the follow-up monitoring and evaluation consultation;

Prepare the draft report (outcome) of the follow-up consultation;

Assist UNFPA procurement staff in the procurement of goods and services needed by the project;

Monitor project expenses vis-à-vis with the work plan;

Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the UNFPA Representative and/or Deputy Representative required to ensure the success of the above-mentioned activities.

Duration and working schedule:

Three months

Estimated starting date: 1 October 2021

Place where services are to be delivered:

Port Moresby, with travel to provinces

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.):

All expected reports will be required in hard and soft copy. The documentation/final report is due within two (2) weeks after completion of the assignment.

Schedule of Payment

Payment shall be made monthly upon submission of a monthly report and attendance sheet.

Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:

The National DD Coordinator will liaise closely with the Assistant Representative and regularly collaborate with the DNPM designated staff.

Supervisory arrangements:

The National DD Coordinator will report directly to the UNFPA Assistant Representative.

Expected travel:

To selected provinces (details to be provided). Daily subsistence allowance, terminal fees and the plane fare will be provided.

Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Demography or any Social Science field.

Training in economics, statistics, or demography is desirable.

Must be able to remain focused under pressure, with a commitment to working hard and long hours.

Must be meticulous - have a keen eye for details, looking for excellence/perfection in all technical matters.


At least five years of work experience in coordination with government entities, the conduct of workshops/consultations, and preparation of reports.

Familiarity with ATLAS will be an asset.

Experience with the UN will be an asset.

Other Skills:

A high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, and MS PowerPoint) is required.



Exemplifying integrity

Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system

Embracing cultural diversity

Embracing change

Core Competencies:

Achieving results

Being accountable

Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen

Thinking analytically and strategically

Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Communicating for impact


Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Submission of applications:

Interested applicants should submit their applications of interest to:

The UNFPA Representative, UNFPA, Level 14, Kina Haus, Douglas Street, PO Box 1041, Port Moresby on Email: no later than 29 September, 2021 (5pm PNG time).

This should include:

1. Letter of Interest, CV, and UN Personal History Form


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