UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives.
To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, commitment
How can you make a difference?
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programmes, in advocacy and in operations.
The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.
In particular, UNICEF will work so that :
Every child survives and thrives - being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food. Every child learns.
Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth. Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
Every child has an equitable chance in life. Cross-sectoral programme functions support effective and efficient delivery of results for children.
Purpose of the Job
Under the supervision and guidance of the supervisor, the Programme Associate supports the respective section (s) by carrying out a range of programme support functions to help develop, implement and monitor their country programme, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations.
The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with a range of staff in the CO, external partners and agency counterparts in support of programme design and delivery.
S / He provides regular feedback on the status of projects through monitoring milestones and advises on improvements to keep activities on track.
More specifically, the Programme Associate is an empowered individual guided by his / her supervisor directly supporting the programme areas by researching, compiling and analyzing information, providing administrative processing of requests, procurement, travel, monitoring for cash and supplies ensuring programme results as per annual work plans (AWPs), resolving complex programme-related issues and information delivery, conducting reporting systems, and always following standard procedures and regulations.
The full details of expected activities can be found here : Programme Associate G-6.pdf
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
Minimum qualifications :
Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.
A minimum of six years of administrative or clerical work experience is required. Prior experience in programme support functions is an asset.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Fluency in English and Spanish required.
Other skills :
In-depth knowledge of the administration which underpins UNICEF country office programme / project operations, including monitoring and evaluation processes Strong organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities.
High sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds Strong office management skills High attention to detail Ability to effectively manage the section’s material resources and monitor its budget Good analytical skills Experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other UNICEF software such as SharePoint
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1) Works Collaboratively with others (1) Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1) Innovates and Embraces Change (1) Thinks and Acts Strategically (1) Drive to achieve impactful results (1) Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Candidates must be in possession of an existing work permit or resident / citizen of Panama to be considered eligible for this post.
Please note that General Service (GS) staff are locally recruited and therefore, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions.
Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF.
UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.