Full-Time NATIONAL PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE
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The United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency working to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
National Programme Associate (GS7)
Post no. 00077398
UNFPA in the Lao PDR is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a staf position of the National Programme Associate.
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Representative, the Programme Associate supports the design, planning and management of UNFPA’s country programme by providing and managing data inputs, providing logistical support, monitoring project implementation and following up on recommendations. He/she is instrumental in facilitating programme/project implementation using and developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
• Participates in the identification and formulation of the country programme and component projects, by compiling and analysing information in the subject areas of UNFPA assistance to the Government, drafts project documents and work plans and prepares tables and statistical data.
• Evaluates 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. Analyzes basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommends corrective actions and follows up on recommendations
• In coordination with national counterparts and project personnel guides routine implementation of assigned projects, coordinating the delivery of project inputs, ensuring participation of national counterparts in training activities and study tours.
• Provides logistical support to projects by coordinating review meetings and other project related workshops and events. Trains and guides project personnel and staff on national execution and programme policies and procedures.
• Contributes to the creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the Country Office and drafting relevant materials for dissemination
• Supports increased availability of gender-sensitive data for planning, monitoring and evaluation of population-related programmes;
• Promotes integration of population, reproductive health, gender and human rights in national policies and programmes;
• Supports strengthening of mechanisms for coordination, monitoring and evaluation of population programmes at national, regional and district levels.
• Supports capacity building in data collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination; and enhancing the knowledge base for integration of population variables and contemporary issues into account in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of development policies, plans and programmes in relevant sectors and in programme districts.
• Supports the advocacy and resource mobilization strategy of the Country Office by compiling and synthesizing relevant background material for use in discussions and public events. Establishes and maintains network of donor and public information contacts and provides assistance in organizing and conducting donor meetings and public information events.
Qualifications and Experience:
• A degree in health, population, demography and/or other related social science field.
• Professional experience of 3 to 5 years, preferably in programme/project management in the public or private sector.
• Thorough knowledge of state of art, proficiency in current office software applications.
• Fluent in English and Lao.
• Familiarity and knowledge of the functioning of the UN and its policies will be an added advantage.
• Initiative and sound judgment.
• Dedication to the United Nations principles and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with persons of different national backgrounds.
• Ability to work under pressure and against tight deadlines.
• Excellent communication, analytical, oral and report writing skills.
How to Apply
The salary for the above position plus other benefits will be in accordance with UN rules and regulations for fixed term staff. All interested applicants must submit an application letter with a UN standard personal history form, P11, in English to: UNFPA Office, Phonesavanh Tai, P.O. Box 345, Vientiane (Tel: 021 315547, 353048-50) or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating “Application for National Programme Associate”. Please contact UNFPA office to obtain P11 form or download from http://countryoffice.unfpa.org/lao/. The deadline for application is 4th February 2013. UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender quality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.
We will only consider applications with complete P11 attached. UNFPA will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom UNFPA has a further interest. UNFPA reserves the right to appoint prior to the closing date.
Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
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