Associate Programme Officer

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Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer and in close coordination with the Head of Field Office, the Associate Programme Officer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Through a consultative process within the country and field visits, stay abreast with latest information and be involved in the development of strategies, methodologies and contingency plans that respond to new and emerging operational challenges for the country;
  • Assist in ensuring that global strategic priorities (GSP) and regional priorities as well as information on projected resource availability guide the planning parameters;
  • Provide inputs for developing the country operations plan in compliance with global strategic priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual programming/planning instructions;
  • Assist in organizing a consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the organization’s criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and operational partners;
  • Assist in managing the development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices and the development of partner capacities;
  • Assist in training UNHCR as well as implementing partners (IP) staff in UNHCR standard procedures related to the Results Based Programme (RBM) management;
  • Undertake proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators to measure and analyze UNHCR’s performance, trends and target interventions;
  • Undertake field visits to evaluate and improve planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of assistance projects;
  • Assist in implementing the establishment of sound monitoring processes, reviewing final reports and tracking progress in order to advise on any corrective actions required or the need for additional resources to reach planned target levels;
  • Apply UNHCR’s corporate tools (e.g. Global Focus, Focus Client, MSRP, and COMPASS) to record data and assess the technical soundness of the operation and generate data for evidence-based decisions at the country-level;
  • Assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports;
  • Assist in monitoring compliance to the organization’s resource allocation framework, providing support and assisting in corrective action where required;
  • Assist in establishing and handling Implementing Partners Reports;
  • Assist in ensuring compliance in issuance of audit certificates for Implementing Partners;
  • Monitor the implementation of IP Risk Management techniques and tools;
  • Assist in monitoring compliance to the organization’s resource allocation framework, providing support and taking corrective action where required;
  • Performs other duties related to programme as required.


Required degree level
Master degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments
  • Advanced University degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Development, Social Sciences or related fields.
Required experience
36 Months
Experience remark
  • At least 3 years of work experience relevant to the function, in programme management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Previous field experience is an advantage;
  • Familiarity with UNHCR’s Results Based management (RBM) approach and use of project/software is an asset;
  • Completion of the UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position;
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes is an asset;
  • Knowledge of UNHCR specific programming tools (MSRP, Focus, etc.) is an asset;
  • Good knowledge of international auditing standards;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
Area of expertise
Development programme management
Area of expertise details
  • Demonstrated interest and or experience in management of developmental programmes.
Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Vision, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 05 August 2021

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