Vacancy - Regional Programme Officer /Advisor

The Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka - Regional SRHR Section - is recruiting a locally employed Regional Programme OFficer/Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Sub-Saharan Africa (fixed 2 years, possibilit of extension).        

Reference number: UM2017/43203/LUSA

Closing date for applications: 22nd December 2017

Start date: 5th  February 2018

The Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka is Sweden’s third largest foreign mission in Africa and has approximately 40 employees. The overall tasks of the Embassy include political and economic reporting, trade promotion, development cooperation, as well as consular and visa services.

The regional development cooperation is governed by a strategy for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sub-Saharan Africa 2015 – 2019. The Regional work on SRHR is mainly focused on:

  • Women’s and children’s health and SRHR
  • Health and SRHR of young women and men , and LGBT people
  • Strengthened health systems for greater access to SRHR
  • Strengthened democracy and gender equality, and greater respect for human rights.

Our main development cooperation partners are civil society organisations, United Nations and other multilateral organisations, Regional Economic Communities, research institutions, and other donors. We also have a consultative role to the Swedish Embassies in the region as well as to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The position includes approximately 15% regional and international travel. The embassy offers a comprehensive employment package, including health coverage and retirement benefits.

There are presently 11 staff positions within the SRHR-section and there are both sent-out staff and locally employed staff. All staff report to the Counsellor and Head of the Regional SRHR-Section

To be successful in this job, the incumbent staff member will be required to represent fundamental norms and values as formulated in the Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy, including integrated SRHR. 

Main duties of the Regional Programme Officer include:

  • Prepare and follow-up partnerships with regional partner 
  • Further develop new partnerships within the portfolio of regional SRHR programmes,
  • Dialogue with external partners and represent the Embassy/Regional SRHR-Section in various fora
  • Focal point for a thematic area related to SRHR
  • A consultative role to Sida, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Swedish embassies in Africa within relevant areas.

Required competence:

  • A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, social
           sciences, public health, or similar
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience working on health and/or SRHR
  • Demonstrated experience in development cooperation, project portfolio management and performance monitoring
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience of working in a multicultural environment

Merits/added advantages:

  • Experiences and knowledge of relevant UN-agencies
  • Experiences of Results Based Management

The application must include:

  • CV
  • Cover letter motivating your application
  • Names and contact details (telephone and email) of 2 references

The application and any inquiries should refer to the reference number UF2017/43203-LUSA. For further information, please write to the Embassy on:

Applications are preferred via e-mail to Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.