Programme Associate, Tehran

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Iran

City: Tehran, Iran

Office: UNDP Iran

Closing date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Job ID: 32553

Practice Area - Job Family: Environment&Disaster Reduction - ENVIRONMENT

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 22/09/2020

Duty Station: Teheran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Education & Work Experience: C-HS Graduate or Equivalent - 6 year(s) experience

Languages: English


Grade: SB3

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Asia & the Pacific

Contract Duration: Six months with possible extension

Duty Station: UNDP, Tehran, Iran

Level of Post: SC6


Under the overall guidance of the ARR(P) and direct supervisor of designated supervisor if applicable, the Programme Associate ensures effective delivery of the CO programme by entering and managing data and supporting programme implementation consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Programme Associate may be required to supervise clerical and support staff of the Programme Unit. Under the guidance of ARR(P) the Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects‘ staff in the CO and UNDP HQs as required for resolving complex finance-related issues and exchange of information.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Support to formulation of programme strategies and implementation of the Country Programme Action Plan

Support to management of the CO programme

Administrative support to the Programme Unit

Support to resource mobilization

Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

1. Supports formulation of programme strategies and implementation of the Country Programme Action Plan focusing on achievement of the following results:

Collection, analysis and presentation of background information for preparation of CCA, UNDAF, CPD, CPAP, effective application of RBM tools and establishment of management targets (BSC).

Presentation of background information for formulation of country programme, draft project documents, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements.

2. Provides effective support to management of the CO programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Creation of a project in Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions, revision of project award and project status, determination of unutilized funds, operational and financial close of a project.

Provision of guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects.

Presentation of information for audit of NEX projects, supports implementation of audit recommendations.

3. Provides administrative support to the Programme Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:

Review of NIM projects Financial Reports; preparation of non-PO vouchers for development projects.

Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas.

Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers.

Creation of requisitions in Atlas for development projects, register of goods receipt in Atlas.

Making budget check for requisitions, POs and vouchers.

4. Supports resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:

Analysis of information on donors, preparation of donor’s profile.

Track and reporting on mobilized resources. Review of contributions agreement, managing contributions in Atlas.

5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:

Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme.

Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in programme.

Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda


1: Support the preparation of information for advocacy

Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences

Results-Based Programme Development and Management


1: Contributing to results through provision of information

Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation

Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals

Building Strategic Partnerships


1: Maintaining information and databases

Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives

Maintains databases of donor information

Tracks and reports on mobilized resources

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches


1: Implementing processes and uses products

Tags communities of practice development projects ethics executing agencies information technology knowledge management knowledge sharing political science programme implementation project management public administration resource mobilization social sciences trainings

Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches

Responds positively to new approaches

Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)


1: Providing information for resource mobilization strategies

Maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors

Maintains database of project files

Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing


1: Basic research and analysis

Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise


1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position

Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks

Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning

Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals


1: Research and analysis

Identifies relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences

Client Orientation


1: Maintains effective client relationships

Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion

Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines

Responds to client needs promptly

Core Competencies:

Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity

Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment

Self-development, initiative-taking

Acting as a team player and facilitating team work

Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively

Creating synergies through self-control

Managing conflict

Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary Education, preferably with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance. University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.


6 years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Persian, both written and spoken.


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