UN Senior Programme Assistant Jobs - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Senior Programme Assistant
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS/LICA/SPA
Vacancy Notice No.: UNHCR/UGANDA/LICA/022017
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Position Grade: LICA, Level 5

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The Senior Programme Assistant will mainly work on comparing UNHCR FOCUS budget plans to UNHCR MSRP expenditure reports to conduct financial analysis on programme implementation for donor reporting and accountability.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Collects, registers and maintains information on project activities. 
  • The jobholder prepares status and progress reports, prepare tables and draft routine correspondence.
  • Prepare background material for use in discussions and briefing sessions.
  • Undertake proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyse programme performance, trends and target interventions.
  • Keenly review the implementation and performance of Project Partnership Agreements agreements through appropriate physical monitoring to evaluate the projects by reviewing work plans, progress reports, budget, financial reports and expenditures. This may include field visits for specific monitoring and evaluation issues.
  • Apply UNHCRs corporate tools (e.g. Global Focus, Focus Client) to assess the technical soundness of the operation and generate data for evidence-based decisions at the country-level.
  • Provide support in ensuring compliance in issuance of audit certificates for Implementing Partners.
  • Provide inputs for the country operations plan (including budgets, staffing levels and structures) as well as prepare inputs for funding submissions, appeals and reports.
  • Access the relevant information and programme records, Focus/ MSRP data.
  • File management for the Donor Relations Unit.
  • Represent UNHCR in physical monitoring of projects.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Accurate and well presented information will promote UNHCR action for refugees, contribute to good decision making, and help for fundraising;
  • Errors can lead to inappropriate action, and impact negatively on UNHCRs image and affect fund raising efforts. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Senior Programme Assistant career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Social Science, International Law or related field;
  • At least four years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of local, regional and national institutions;
  • Proficiency in English and excellent knowledge of at least one local language.
  • Completion of the UNHCR Learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes.
  • Knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes (MSRP, Focus, etc.).
  • Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations, especially at field level, and functions relating to office administration and programme activities.

How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

Deadline: 4th July 2017

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