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

Job Title:       Senior Programme Assistant
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10028896
Vacancy Notice: 032/2017
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Senior Programme Officer
Post Grade: GL5

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 receive guidance from more senior programme staff in the operation. S/he will receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country programme(s). UNHCR Manual, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the Senior Programme Assistant. The incumbent will have contacts within the organization and outside the duty station, as well as with partners and other stakeholders to collect information, monitor programme activities and implement administrative requirements.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • The incumbent collects, registers and maintains information on project activities.
  • Prepare 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 IPs 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.
  • The Programme Assistant will apply UNHCR 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.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance in issuance of audit certificates for Implementing Partners. 
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Key Result Areas:
  • UNHCR country office has sufficient administrative assistance and support in routine services and activities within Programme Section thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.
  • IP agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures.  

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Senior Programme Assistant career opportunity should have completed secondary education courses/ training/ certificate in Business Administration, Social Science, International Law or related field
  • At least four years of previous job experience relevant to the function
  • Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations and functions relating to office administration and programme activities
  • Good computer skills (in MS office)
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language
  • Completion of the UNHCR Learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position is desired
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes.
  • Working knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes (MSRP, Focus, etc.).

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: 28th March 2018

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