Job offer: Programme associate

Cameroon Desks

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Job Purpose and Organizational Context

Under the overall guidance of the ARR(P) and direct supervisor of the designated supervisor if applicable, the Programme Associate ensures effective delivery of the CO programme by entering and managing data and supporting programme implementation consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Programme Associate can supervise clerical and support staff of the Programme Unit. The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the CO and UNDP.

The Programme Unit works to support achievement of UNDP strategic objectives to create a world where people and planet thrive together, and to help the Country Office act with both ambition and scale to address urgent problems facing the country as well as global climate deteriorating conditions. Programme staff assist the Country Office in formulating and implementing programme strategies that go beyond solving immediate development challenges to create future smart and integrated systemic changes in resilience and capacity building within the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

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Support to formulation of programme strategies and implementation of the Country Programme Document
  • Support to management of the CO programme
  • Administrative support to the Programme Unit
  • Support to resource mobilization
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
1.) Supports formulation of programme strategies and implementation of the Country Programme Document focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Provide background information for preparation of CPDs and establishment of Baselines, Milestones and Targets (BMT).
  • Provide information/evidence to guide future programming and identify implementation arrangements.
2.) Provide effective support to management of the Country Office programme.
  • Provide background information for preparation of CPDs and establishment of Baselines, Milestones and Targets (BMT). 
  • Provide information/evidence to guide future programming and identify implementation arrangements.

3.) Support implementation of the CO partnership and resource mobilization strategies.

  • Review of NIM projects Financial Reports; Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, and unapproved vouchers. 
  • Creation of requisitions in Quantum for development projects, register of goods receipt in Quantum.
  • Preparation of requisitions for development projects can be performed either by Programme Associates or by Programme Assistants depending on the set up of the office. 
  • Voucher creation functions in the offices with Service Centres or Project offices, can be performed either by Service Administrators of Service Centres or Finance Assistants of Project offices.
  • Analyze information on donors and prepare donor profiles. 
  • Track and report on mobilized resources. 
  • Review contributions agreements and manage contributions in ERP.

4.) Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the Country Office.

  • Organize and deliver programme related training for relevant programme and operations personnel.
  • Compile lessons learned and best practices.
  • Provide contributions to knowledge networks, communities of practice and digital knowledge platforms. 

5.) Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme.
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in programme.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation.
  • Expected Demonstration of Competencies
  • Core : Full list of UNDP Core Competencies can be found here 
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
  • Adapt with Agility : LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
  • Act with Determination : LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making 
  • Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies) 
  • Thematic Area Name  Definition

Business Management: Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management:

  • Customer Satisfaction/Client Management 
  • Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers' needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy.
  • Look for ways to add value beyond clients' immediate requests.
  • Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns.

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation
  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
  • Business Management
  • Risk Management
  • Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks

Business Management

  • Results-based Management
  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results.
  • Finance Budget Management
  • Ability to support budgetary aspects of work planning process, drawing and management of team budgets.
  • Procurement
  • Contract Management
  • Knowledge of contract management concepts, principles and methods, and ability to apply this to strategic and/or practical situations.


  • Programme Development Results based management.
  • Financial reporting and tracking
  • Resource mobilization
Required Skills and Experience
  • Secondary education is required.
  • A university degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, or related field will be given due consideration, but it is not a requirement. 

 Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

  • A minimum of 6 years (with high school diploma) or 3 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant progressively responsible administrative/management or programme experience is required at the national and/or international level. 
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.), 
  • Ability to review and edit documents, ability to produce meeting reports identifying key actions.
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems, ERP such as ATLAS, UNall, Quantum…, is highly desirable.
  • Previous working experience in similar position or area of expertise is mandatory.
  • UNDP/UN experience in similar functions is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in French or English is mandatory, with working knowledge of the other required. (Fluency in French and working knowledge in English, or Fluency in English and working knowledge in French)
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period. 
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Non-discrimination: UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
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Required Skills
  • Financial reporting and tracking
  • Programme Development
  • Resource mobilization
  • Results based management.

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