National Post: Programme Associate, Johannesburg, South Africa, GS7

Level: G-7
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 4 July 2019 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: Johannesburg, South Africa
Job ID: 24217

The Position:

Under the supervision of the Regional Programme Specialist, and in collaboration with the Head, Middle Income Country Technical Hub, the Programme Associate position provides strategic support to evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of regional interventions undertaken by the two teams.

The Programme Associate will work closely with team members within the Programme Coordination and Quality Assurance Unit (PCU) and Middle Income Country (MIC) Technical Hub, which provide integrated programme and technical support through a systems strengthening approach,that is fundamental to UNFPA’s corporate strategy. The Programme Associate will also work in close collaboration with the Operations Unit and other units in the Regional office.

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 new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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 contributes to effective development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of regional and country programmes in the East and Southern Africa region by providing support in the following areas;

Evidence-based design and planning;

Performance management and oversight

Knowledge Management

Financial, administrative and other operational support.

The Programme Associate will establish and maintain conducive working relations with Programme Assistants and Associates, as well as staff within the East and Southern Africa Regional Office, ESA Country Office colleagues, officers at Headquarters, and other Regional Offices, and partners involved in the regional programme implementation. Promote achievement of common goals and shared objectives, and demonstrate personal commitment to UNFPA’s mandate and organizational vision. The incumbent may be required to respond to non-routine queries and provide explanations on matters which may be complex requiring thorough knowledge of corporate policies and procedures of the organization.


Completion of secondary school is required. A degree in Public Administration, Finance, Economics or another relevant subject is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

7 years of relevant experience in effective and efficient management of development programmes in the private and/or public sectors.

Ability to use analytical tools and logic to gather and define information on development situations, problems, and draw logical conclusions guided by data

Make timely and appropriate decisions, taking into consideration, prevailing issues and evidence

Possess strong organizational skills

Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and within multiple diversity contexts

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Experience in the United Nations system is desirable.


Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese, is an asset.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

South Africa
Population : 58.1 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 86%
Girls 84%