Mission and objectives
UNFPA is formally named the United Nations Population Fund. The organization was created in 1969, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared “parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education. Since UNFPA started its work, the world has seen progress: The number and rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before. But too many are still left behind. More than 760 million people are mired in extreme poverty. Sexual and reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world. Young people bear the highest risks of HIV infection and unintended pregnancy. Many millions of girls face the prospect of child marriage and other harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM). Much more needs to be done to ensure a world in which all individuals can exercise their basic human rights, including those that relate to the most intimate and fundamental aspects of life.
To facilitate effective delivery of results under its 9th Country Programme with the Government of Zambia; and in line with the UNFPA global and national Communications and Advocacy Strategies, UNFPA Zambia is scaling-up external and internal communication functions, while also strengthening programmes, strategic partnerships and resource mobilization in line with UNFPA’s mandate areas. In addition, UNFPA Zambia will during its 9th Country Programme aim to define and protect UNFPA’s corporate brand and reputation as the thought leader in sexual reproductive health and rights, with critical focus on women and young people. Under the overall guidance of the Representative and direct supervision of the Communications Analyst, and in collaboration with Deputy Representative and other staff members, the incumbent will manage communications functions for the Gender, Adolescent Pregnancy and Social Norms (GAPS) Programme, as well as support the implementation of the overall UNFPA Zambia Communications Strategy.