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The Position:

The post will be based in UNFPA Afghanistan area office Kandahar. 

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Sub-area Office and the in close collaboration with the Midwifery Specialist and the Midwifery Support Specialist based in Kabul office, the National Midwifery Support Assistant will provide technical support as per the TOR for the effective and efficient functioning of the UNFPA Afghanistan Reproductive Health projects as part of UNFPA’s humanitarian programming and response in Afghanistan. The positions will be based in  Kandahar Area Office covering  South-Southeastern region.

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 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:

UNFPA as a member is committed to delivering an integrated, multi-agency, nationwide response to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) needs under a modality of Humanitarian response.

The National Midwifery Support Assistant will support the CO Midwife team to also implement the Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan (STFA) project and coordinate with the midwives delivering the services in local level. She will work in close collaboration with humanitarian agencies (UN and international NGOs) and national partners and civil society organizations to implement the STFA scale up and any other projects managed under the RH unit.


You would be responsible for:

Support the UNFPA Project Implementation:

  • Support the Sub-area office and the Midwifery Specialist in the implementation of all activities programmed under STFA and under any other project managed in the RH unit
  • Provide support to review and regular tailor-made inputs into the midwifery / RH programme to effectively implement it in project intervention areas.
  • Provide technical support to the implementing partner, technical staff, and local midwives to ensure optimum quality implementation of project activities in the region
  • Support in the preparation of work plans and budget revisions of the projects in the region
  • Assist in organizing trainings, awareness sessions and workshops on SRH and midwifery.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders at local level

Technical support and capacity building

  • Build capacity of newly recruited staff under the IP, through coaching and on the job training
  • Regular field visit to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project activities
  • Coordinate with local midwives in the region
  • Support in monitoring progress of the project activities, identify sources of delays in the project implementation, contribute to feasible solutions, and ensure follow-up actions are being carried out


  • Prepare regular reporting on project status to be submitted to the Midwifery Specialist/ RH unit
  • Write quarterly work plans, and other reports as needed or requested
  • Facilitate exchange of information, good practices and lessons within/outside UNFPA and liaise with the Communication unit of UNFPA
  • Participate in knowledge gathering regarding midwifery services.
  • Any other activities as requested by the CO

Qualifications and Experience: 


Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery or a Diploma (from CME or HIS institutions) in Midwifery with 5 years of relevant experience; an additional Master degree in a related field will be a comparative advantage

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in the field of midwifery or maternal health
  • Demonstrate mentorship and /or teaching experience will be a comparative advantage
  • Willing to travel to remote parts of the country to monitor implementation of projects and to stay away for several days in a row.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications


  • Fluency in English, Dari and Pashto is required;

Required Competencies: 


  • 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

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Delivering results based programmes
  • Internal and external communication
  • Providing a technical support system

Compensation and Benefits:


This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline http://www.unfpa.org/help/hotline.cfm

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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