UNDP Mission in Harare is Recruiting Programme Finance Associate (Closes 22/8/23)

UN Development Programme

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.

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Programme Finance provides cost effective and timely partnering services to the UNDP Country Office (CO) to maintain the sound financial management of and responsible resource allocation for its development programme and projects. Programme Finance provides support to development project teams to ensure appropriate and adequate budgeting for projects, monitoring of budgets to identify gaps against allocations, and financial reporting to CO management to promote transparency and informed decision making.   

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the, Programme Finance Analyst , the Programme Finance Associate ensures effective execution of financial services and processes in the Country Office (CO) and transparent utilization of financial resources. The Programme Finance Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. The Programme Finance Associate works in close collaboration with the Programme, Operations, and project staff in the CO and staff in UNDP HQ, Regional Hub and GSSC to exchange information and resolve finance-related issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure administration and implementation of programme, operations, and financial management strategies; and adapt processes and procedures.

  • Ensure full compliance with UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP) on financial recording and reporting system. 
  • Provide information for the audit of projects. Implement and follow-up on audit recommendations.
  • Provide input for implementation of cost-saving and reduction strategies in consultation with the office management.

Provide effective support to management of the CO programme, administration of budgets, and functioning of the optimal cost-recovery system.

  • Present information for formulation of country programme work plans, budgets, and proposals on implementation arrangements and execution modalities. Enter data on new grants into ERP in the form of Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and monitor their status.
  • Oversee ERP matching, implement effective internal controls, and ensure proper functioning of a client-oriented financial resource management system. Implement control mechanism for development projects by monitoring budget preparation and modifications, and budgetary status versus ASL. Follow up with HQ on ASL for development projects
  • Prepare reports and verify accuracy of Combined Delivery Reports.
  • Provide guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects and track use of financial resources.



  • Secondary Education with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance. University Degree in Accounting & Finance. Business or Public Administration would be desirable;
  • Candidates with no professional accountancy qualifications but with relevant experience must successfully undertake UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (AFT) before shortlisting, and must complete the UNDP Finance Training and Certification Programme (FTCP), if recruited.>

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

  • 6 years (with high school diploma) or 3 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible finance and accounting experience at the national or international level is required.
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheets and web-based management systems such as ERP financials and database packages.
  • Knowledge of IPSAS and/or IFRS is required. 

Accounting (General)
Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, regulations, policies and ability to apply this to strategic and/or practical situations.
Budget Management 
Ability to support budgetary aspects of work planning process, drawing and management of team budgets

Financial Reporting and Analysis 
Ability to extract, evaluate financial data, derive relevant findings and present them in a meaningful and coherent manner to facilitate effective decision making and performance monitoring.

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