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UN Programme Associate Job Vacancy

Post Title:Programme Associate

Vacancy No:VA/FPA/SOM/11-4/2014 (Re-advertisement)
Duration: 1 year
Type of Contract:Fixed Term
Level: ICS-6 (GS-6)

Duty Station: Hargeisa, Somaliland
Date of Issue: 16 February 2015
Closing Date: 02 March 2015
Organizational Unit: UNFPA Somalia Country Office
The United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. 

UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Office, the Programme Associate supports the design, planning and monitoring and management of UNFPA’s country programme by providing and managing data inputs, providing logistical support, monitoring project implementation, keeping project files and documents and following up on recommendations. 

The Programme Associate applies established systems and procedures and assists in the creation of substantive knowledge by compiling, synthesizing and analyzing information relevant to population and development as well as gender and reproductive health. 

S/he is instrumental in facilitating programme/ project implementation using and developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures.

Key duties include:
  • Participates in the identification and formulation of the country programme and component projects by compiling and analyzing information in the subject areas of UNFPA assistance to the Government, assists in drafting work plans and prepares tables and statistical data.
  • Evaluates programme activities, establishing and implementing mechanisms to systematically assess the achievement of results, conducting field visits, participating in review meetings and evaluation missions and preparing regular inputs to status and progress reports.
  • Analyzes basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommends corrective actions and follows up on recommendations.
  • In coordination with national counterparts and project personnel, guides routine implementation of assigned AWPs, coordinating delivery of project inputs, ensuring participation of national counterparts in training activities.
  • Provides logistical support to projects by coordinating review meetings and other project related workshops and events. Keeps updated knowledge of UNFPA implementation policies and procedures.
  • Contributes to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the CO, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination.
  • Supports advocacy and resource mobilization strategy of the CO by compiling and synthesizing relevant background material for use in discussions and public events.
  • Establishes and maintains records network of donor and public information contacts and provides assistance in organizing and conducting donor meetings and public information events.
  • Facilitate plan and record programme meetings and follow on recommendations.
i) Values: Exemplifying integrity; Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system; Embracing cultural diversity; Embracing change.
ii) 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.

Functional Competencies:
  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships.
  • Delivering results-based programmes.
  • Internal and External communication and advocacy for results mobilization
Educational Requirements:
  • Completed Secondary Level Education required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Population, Demography and/or other related Social Sciences field is preferable
Experience Required:
  • 6 years of relevant experience in the public or private sector.
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and oral English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of Somali or Arabic is an asset.
Please note that this vacancy is open to Somali Nationals only. 

Applications with an updated CV and a completed marked: “VA/FPA/SOM/11-4/2014“Programme Associate, Hargeisa”in the subject line of the e-mail should be forwarded to the following email address:
UNFPA will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
UNFPA Work Environment: UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

Warning To Applicants: UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fees in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note
that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter of offer that makes use of the name or logo of
UNFPA, you may submit a report through the UNFPA fraud hotline at

Notice to Applicants:
 In accordance with the 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, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. 

Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: 

(a) stateless persons; 

(b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; 

(c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; 

(d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment.

Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.

*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5

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