Associate Programme Officer, UNOPS - IICA-1 - 39171
Panama City, Panama
hace 4 días

Eligible Applicants This is an international position offered under a International UNOPS contract at level IICA 1 and therefore the vacancy is opened to applications of not nationals of Panama.

Duties and Qualifications Associate Programme Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Associate Programme Officer may be based in HQ, field / regional bureau, typically reporting to and be guided by the Program officer and may supervise a small team of local staff.

He / she may refer to UNHCR's Programme Manual (Chapter IV), UNHCR's corporate and regional strategic priorities, operation plans and other relevant institutional rules and regulations for further guidance.

The Associate Programme Officer will provide programmatic guidance and support with regard to the implementation of protection and solutions strategies within available resources.

S / he will coordinate with the other sections / units to ensure harmonized programmatic approaches at all levels and throughout the UNHCR Operations Management Cycle.

The incumbent will work in line with the overall UNHCR directions which crucially require working with partners, including with persons of concern, governmental institutions and the private sector, ensuring that programme management is approached as per UNHCR s Strategic Directions, Global Strategic Priorities (GSPs), Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), and corporate positions on SDGs.

The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the Program Management Cycle.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.

In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  • Support in assessing and analysing the needs of persons of concern in a participatory manner, using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective as basis for planning.
  • Provide support on programmatic aspects of developing multi-year protection and solutions strategies and annual plans with corresponding priorities taking into account corporate priorities.
  • Support Results Based Management and programme capacity in light of evolving requirements, programming approaches and gaps.
  • Assist the planning process in compliance with planning parameters outlined in the Programme Manual and the planning instructions.
  • Support the revision and analysis of plans, mid-year and year-end reports of UNHCR office(s) in the Area of Responsibility AoR), ensure quality assurance and compliance with established policies, guidelines, procedures and standards.
  • Assist in the provision of overall direction to broaden partnerships with key stakeholders in order to maximize the protection and solutions response for persons of concern.
  • Provide support to ensure a consistent application of the framework for implementing with partners, including the effective implementation of the policy on selection and retention of partners, management of partnership agreements, risk-based project performance monitoring, and risk-based project audits, among others.
  • Contribute to ensure consistent and coherent monitoring approaches, tools and systems across the region, in line with global standards and polices.
  • Actively contribute to UNHCRs programming of community of practice and continuously contribute to improvements of programming tools and processes.
  • Oversee a timely and effective follow-up of internal and external audits observations and recommendations that relate to programmatic issues.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • For P2 / NOB - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree;
  • or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

    Economics;Business Administration;Social Sciences; or other relevant field.

    Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Certificates and / or Licenses

    Programme Management

    Certification Programme in Programme Management (CP-PM)

    Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Relevant Job Experience

    Essential :

    Demonstrated experience in programme management including familiarization with the OMC and sound knowledge of Results Based-Management.

    Demonstrated experience in field operations, sound knowledge on the centrality of protection in programming, Joint Needs Assessments and the principles of targeting.

    Desirable :

    Demonstrated experience in coordination within an inter-agency context and other actors, in a refugee or humanitarian context.

    Sound experience in program management training and capacity building activities.

    Functional Skills

    MG-Project Management

    PG-Results-Based Management

    PG-UNHCR's Programmes

    PG-Stakeholder management and coordination with Implementing Partners (Gov / NGO / Corporate)

    Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties.

    This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

    As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

    This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and / or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and / or position.

    Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

    Position Competencies All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and / or cross-functional competencies.

    The six core competencies are listed below.


    Organizational Awareness

    Teamwork & Collaboration

    Commitment to Continuous Learning

    Client & Result Orientation

    Managerial Competencies

    Judgement and Decision Making

    Managing Resources

    Empowering and Building Trust

    Cross-Functional Competencies

    Analytical Thinking

    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    Political Awareness Language Requirements Please note that fluency in English and Spanish is essential for this job opening.

    Additional Information Please note that this position is offered under a contract at International UNOPS - IICA-1, for an initial period of until 31 December 2022.

    Only short-listed candidates will be notified, and might be requested to sit a test. No late applications will be accepted.

    Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    UNOPS does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

    The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.

    Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

    All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

    See below for this postion's Operational Context

    The Associate programme officer IICA1 position is located in the Multi Country Office in Panama, which covers 9 different Central American and Caribbean countries (Panama, Nicaragua, Belize, Cuba, Trinidad&Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Aruba and Curacao).

    The Associate programme officer reports to the Programme officer in the MCO and will work very closely with the offices and partners within MCO AoR.

    Since the context, the UNHCR presence, activities and the implementation modalities vary between the countries, the position requires strong technical knowledge and high level of autonomy and initiative.

    The incumbent will provide programmatic guidance with regards to the planning and resource allocation processes, partnership management, planning processes, implementation monitoring, reporting, etc.

    The candidate should have a minimum of 2 years working in programme management. The candidate should also have very good interpersonal skills, as these are necessary for remote communications with the different offices.

    Closing Date The closing date for submission of applications is 13 August 2022 (Midnight Geneva time).

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