Programme Associate (Whole of Syria), Amman

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Jordan

City: Amman

Office: UNICEF MENA RO Amman

Closing date: Monday, 6 September 2021

External Vacancy Announcement: Programme Associate (Whole of Syria) , GS-6, Fixed Term , Amman, Jordan, Regional Office, # 00102207

Job no: 544006

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Jordan Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Regional Services Div (MENAR), Amman

Department/Office: Reg Serv - Prog Section, Amman

Categories: Emergency Programme

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, Support.

Since 2011, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has undergone a dramatic transformation. What was once a middle-income region, where UNICEF was implementing mostly upstream work, has now become the region with the greatest concentration of humanitarian needs in the world with two Level 3 emergencies (Yemen and Syria) and many countries that are facing protracted conflicts as well as civil unrest and/or political transition.

UNICEF response has grown substantially across the country offices (COs) to keep pace with the increasing needs across the Region. The UNICEF COs across MENA, including those mentioned are responding to large humanitarian caseloads, managing large budgets, with significant implications on their data collection/management, analysis, reporting responsibilities and MENARO oversight. The scale of the emergencies in MENA demands high volume and quality data/information processing, analysis and subsequently reporting.

Each of the UNICEF Country Offices (COs) in the affected countries has a different level of information management (IM) capacity and needs, so continued robust IM capacity is required from the Humanitarian Section in the MENA Regional Office (MENARO). There are also a wide range of capacities in the Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan COs to respond to IM needs, all of which require some degree of support to coordinate. Some COs may also require surge support which the IMO will need to respond to.

How can you make a difference?

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.

Specific tasks are highlighted below:

Facilitating the development of programme cooperation agreements (PCAs) by providing information and drafting selected sections of it.

Ensuring the timely and accurate recording and administrative processing of government & NGO’s proposals and requests for direct cash transfers (DCTs).

Conducting programme monitoring in UNICEF focus districts for cash and supplies and informing team-members on the status.

Helping conduct regular spot checks of partner’s projects to assess their financial record-keeping, expenditure controls and reporting systems.

Monitoring and tracking the efficient distribution of supplies that are required for effective programme delivery.

Supporting the programme section in researching, compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources on subject matters relevant to the work of the section to facilitate programme delivery as well as preparation of reports, working papers and presentations.

Carrying out transactions in VISION ensuring programme results, activities and programme coding are as per annual work plans (AWPs), and making amendments and alterations as per section revisions when necessary.

Carrying out transactions in VISION pertaining to grants and programme-related items for his/her section including but not limited to registering grant allotments and tracking expiring programme grants.

Preparing monitoring and reporting information for supervisor and team on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results.

Regularly monitoring budgets and financial expenditures of section by employing applicable tools, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up.

Helping prepare periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to country office and donors to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds.

Supports capacity development activities related to programme development by preparing training materials and participating in exercises.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

Education: Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.

Experience: A minimum of six years of administrative or clerical work experience is required. Prior experience in programme support functions and relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization are considered as an assets.

Language: Fluency in English and Arabic is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at

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. For the position, suitable male candidates will receive preferential consideration and selection, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated above.

UNICEF offers a wide range of benefits to its personnel, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. The UNICEF MENARO has an elevator as well as accessible bathrooms. Core hours in UNICEF MENARO are from 09:00 to 15:00, from Sunday to Thursday.

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


This position has been assessed as an not elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is neither: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

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. preferential treatment of male candidates

Advertised: Aug 29 2021 Jordan Daylight Time Application close: Sep 06 2021 Jordan Daylight Time

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