Associate programme officer

United Nations High Commission for Refugees

Job Summary

An NGO is currently recruiting to fill the position of an Associate Programme Officer.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description

Position Number: 10015252

Context, Duties, and Responsibilities

  • The Associate Programme Officer reports to the Senior Programme Officer and may supervise some support staff. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country programme(s).
  • UNHCR Manual, programme objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the Associate Programme Officer.
  • S/he is also expected to stay abreast of the challenges posed to the region by the political context, the UN and humanitarian reform and institutional developments.

The incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

  • Through a consultative process within the country and field visits, stay involved in the development of the strategies, methodologies, 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 management.
  • Undertake proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards, and indicators needed to measure and analyze UNHCR’s performance, trends, and target interventions.
  • Undertake field visits to evaluate and improve the planning, programming, implementation, and monitoring of assistance projects.
  • Assist in implementing the establishment of sound monitoring processes, in reviewing final reports and on 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) to record data and assess the technical soundness of the operation and generate data for evidence-based decisions at the country-level.
  • Assist in keeping donor representatives briefed on developments and assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals, and reports.
  • Assist in monitoring compliance with the organization’s resource allocation framework, providing support and taking corrective action where required.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance in issuance of audit certificates for Implementing Partners.
  • Monitor the implementation of IP Risk Management techniques and tools.
  • Perform any other related functions as required.

Essential Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Social Science or related field
  • Previous job experience relevant to the function.
  • Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Completion of the UNHCR Learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR financial and Programme rules, procedures and processes
  • Knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes (MSRP, Focus, etc.)
  • Computer skills (in MS office including competency in MS Excel)
  • Knowledge of another relevant UN language

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