United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA is Recruiting Programme Associate (2024)

Closes 18 January 2024

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. 

UNFPA in East and Southern Africa has been implementing the Safeguard Young People (SYP) Regional programme since November 2013. The programme aims to empower adolescents and young people aged 10-24 to protect themselves from STIs including HIV, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, early marriages, gender-based violence and harmful practices while promoting gender equitable norms and protective behaviours in twelve East and Southern African Countries (Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

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

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You would be responsible for:

  • Participating in the formulation of the SRHR programme and component projects, by compiling and analysing information relevant to the UNFPA’s role in the country, drafting project documents and work plans and preparing tables and statistical data.
  • Assist the technical and programme team, in collaboration with the Operations office, in providing support and advice to the COs on operational and programme matters;
  • Undertake all logistical and administrative arrangements required for the organization of technical workshops, inter-agency meetings, panel discussions, roundtables, missions, and other events organized by the programme and technical team;
  • Assist ESARO in coordinating the UNFPA technical network in the substantive area;
  • Assist in the preparation, implementation and monitoring process of the regional programme;
  • Review incoming correspondence, collect and prepare necessary information for reply/action, and draft and finalize response;
  • Prepare first drafts of responses to inquiries received by the programme and technical team for action by supervising officers;
  • Prepare travel authorizations and make travel arrangements;
  • Maintain the team filing system in iDOCs and assist in archiving;
  • Maintain and update country, partners and project files, including project progress reports, work plans and budgets in compliance with guidelines for the regional programme;
  • Prepare requisition requests in the corporate ERP with input from the programme and technical team members; 
  • Apply UNFPA rules, regulations and procedures and advise team members as required,  
  • Follow up on the submission of financial reports by COs and partners;
  • Perform research assistance duties including bibliographic and database searches; summarize information and draft contributions to ESARO reports, papers, technical notes, and publications;

Qualifications and Experience: 


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

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Minimum 6 years of relevant experience in programme/ project management.
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably Portuguese and/or French, is desirable.

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,

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-based programmes
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

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