NATIONAL POST: Programme Associate, GS-7, Ankara/Turkiye

  • Level: G-7
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 05 Jan 2023 11:59 PM (Europe/Istanbul)
  • Duty station: Ankara

The Position:

The Programme Associate ensures effective and efficient programme and financial support to UNFPA’s country programme by providing and managing data inputs, providing financial support, monitoring project implementation and following up on recommendations.

You will report to Gender Programme Analyst.


How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:

The Programme Associate applies established systems and procedures and assists in the creation of substantive knowledge by compiling, synthesizing and analyzing information relevant to population and development, reproductive health and gender issues. S/he is instrumental in facilitating programme/ project implementation using and developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures.

You would be responsible for:

  • Participating in the identification and formulation of the country programme and component projects by compiling and analyzing information in the subject areas of UNFPA assistance to the Government, preparing tables and statistical data, drafting project documents and work plans, managing project budgets in GPS.
  • Evaluating project and programme activities, establishing and implementing mechanisms to systematically assess the achievement of results, conducting field visits, participating in review meetings and evaluation missions and preparing regular inputs to status and progress reports. Analyzing basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommending corrective actions and following up on recommendations.
  • In coordination with national counterparts and project personnel, supporting routine implementation of assigned projects, coordinating delivery of project inputs.
  • Contributing to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the CO, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination.
  • Providing logistical support to projects by coordinating review meetings and other project related travel, workshops and events. Training and guiding project personnel and staff on national execution and programme policies and procedures.
  • Ensuring HACT compliant IP management (e.g. preparation of assurance plans, coordination of micro-assessments/spot checks/monitoring visits/audits, maintenance of IPAS).
  • Monitoring programmatic and financial reports received from IPs and/or grantees and ensuring high quality and timely reporting (work plan progress reports, FACE forms, grant reports, etc.). Performing quarterly FACE reconciliations with OFA and CDR.
  • Processing project related requisitions and performing finance functions.
  • Performing any other duties, as may be required by the Country Office.


Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Completed Secondary Level Education required. First level university degree desirable.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Seven years of relevant experience in programme/project implementation (including operations).
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and web based management systems.
  • Master degree is an asset (Social Sciences Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences or other related field).
  • Experience in coordinating project related meeting/workshop/event is an asset.
  • Experience in managing payments and budgets is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Reproductive Health and/or Gender Based Violence and/or Population Development is an asset.
  • Working experience with implementing partners is an asset.
  • Familiarity with UN procedures and working methods is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Atlas/PeopleSoft or other ERP application is an asset.
  • Working experience with an international organization is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Turkish is required.

Required Competencies: 


  • Exemplifying integrity, 

  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system, 

  • Embracing cultural diversity, 

  • Embracing change

Core Competencies: 

  • Achieving results,

  • Being accountable,

  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,

  • Thinking analytically and strategically,

  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Functional Competencies:

  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-oriented programmes
  • Support financial data analysis
  • Providing logistical support
  • Managing documents, correspondence and reports


Compensation and Benefits:

 This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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