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Programme Officer

Job Category:
Programme Officers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
21 February, 2009
Last Date to apply:
07 March, 2009
Experience in years
2 to 4

5-7 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. At least five years experience in disaster management in a national or international organization. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Assistant Resident Representative (P), the Programme Officer is responsible for management of UNDP programme within the areas of Emergency Response and Crisis Prevention & Recovery (CPR). The Programme Officer analyzes situations emerging from various crisis and emergency situations in the context of political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio and provides policy advice services.
The Programme Officer supervises and leads programme support staff and coordinates activities of the projects’ staff. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the operations and development division teams, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.



Corporate Competencies:


q       Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards

q       Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP

q       Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

q       Treats all people fairly without favoritism


Functional Competencies:


Expertise of the CPR Thematic Area

q       Knowledge on the issues and developments of CPR thematic area

q       Ability to integrate disaster management issues in the development process

q       Knowledge of all partners active in this field

q       Ability to handle implementation of assigned projects and programmes

Knowledge Management and Learning

q       Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office

q       In-depth knowledge on development issues

q       Ability to advocate and provide policy advice

q       Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills


Development and Operational Effectiveness

q       Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting

q       Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources

q       Strong IT skills

q       Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change


Management and Leadership

q       Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback

q       Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills

q       Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

q       Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

q       Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors

q       Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

q       Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities


Prince2 training and certification, RMG

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Implementation of programme strategies in the area of Crisis Prevention and Recovery.
  • Management of the CO programmes and projects in Emergency Response and CPR.
  •   Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy. 
  • Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management.
  1. Ensures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Thorough analysis and research of the situations emerging from various crisis and emergency situations in the context of political, social and economic scenario in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic area of Crisis Prevention and Recovery.
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management.


    2. Ensures effective management of the CO programmes and projects within the CPR thematic areas focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of projects and programmes within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Support implementation of the programmes and projects by maintaining effective liaison with the field units and implementation partners. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of projects, presentation to PAC, entering projects into ATLAS, finalization of contribution agreements, determination of required revisions, coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. The Programme Officer performs functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of projects.
  • Evaluation of the programme impact. Monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustments in portfolio.
3.   Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy by focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
4.  Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management by focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues. 

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMasters DegreeMasters DegreeMaster’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Business /Public Administration, Social Sciences, Disaster Management or development related fields.