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Programme Associate (ED Team)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tbilisi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Procurement
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established its presence in Georgia in 1993. For nearly 30 years on the ground, UNDP focuses on promoting national development jointly with the Georgian Government.

With an annual programmatic budget of about USD 30 million, UNDP works closely with the Government of Georgia to boost reforms, develop new strategies, promote inclusive economic development, and assist in achieving national priorities. UNDP also works with civil society, including non-governmental organizations, academia and media, and with private sector to promote public-private partnerships.

UNDP assists Georgia in four major areas of development:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Economic Development
  • Environment and Energy
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Position Purpose:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ED Team Leader the Programme Associate provides leadership in execution of services in the CO Programme Unit, supports the design, planning and management of the country programme by managing data and facilitating programme implementation. The Programme Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and project teams in the CO and UNDP HQs staff for resolving complex programme-related issues and information delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Administration and implementation of programme strategies, adapts processes and procedures
  • Support to management of the CO programme
  • Administrative support to the Programme Unit 
  • Support in creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy   
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
Ensures administration and  implementation of  programme strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Presentation of thoroughly researched information for preparation of CCA, UNSCDF, CPD, CPAP, effective application of RBM tools and establishment of management targets (BSC). Establishment of the mechanisms to track use of RBM tools and maintenance of RBM database.
  • Presentation of information/ reports for identification of areas for support and interventions. 
  • Implementation of the CO partnerships and resources mobilization strategies, preparation of reports.
Provides effective support to management of the CO programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Presentation of thoroughly researched information for formulation of country programme, preparation of project documents’ drafts, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements. 
  • Initiation of a project, entering project into Atlas (in small offices), preparation of required budget revisions.
  • Provision of guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
  • Follow up on performance indicators/ success criteria, targets and milestones, preparation of reports.
  • Analysis of the situation in programme, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
  • Preparation and conduct of audit of NIM projects, implementation of audit recommendations
Provides administrative support to the Programme Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Proper control of the supporting documents for payments, review of NIM projects Financial Reports.
  • 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
Provides support in creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Analysis of information on donors, preparation of donor’s profile and database, establishment of contacts with donor counterparts.
  • Track and reporting on mobilized resources
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
Core Competencies:
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements 
  • Learn Continuously LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible 
  • Act with Determination  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination 
People Management Competencies:
UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:
  • Knowledge Generation: 
    • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content or responsive to a stated need
  • Communication:               
    • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Accounting (General):     
    • Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, frameworks, standards, regulations, policies and trends, and ability to apply this to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Financial planning and budgeting:             
    • Ability to create and manage processes to achieve UNDP's long and short-term financial goals, including through planning, budgeting, forecasting, analysing and reporting
  • Financial analysis:            
    • Knowledge of evaluating businesses, projects, budgets, and other finance related transactions to determine their performance and suitability
  • Travel policy and procedures:      
    • Knowledge of travel policy and procedures; ability to interpret travel policy, the Staff Rules, administrative circulars and financial regulations and rules on travel-related matters
  • Documents and records management:    
    • Overall document (hard or electronic) management; registry and retention policy including storing and archiving
Required Skills and Experience
  • Secondary education, preferably with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political or Social Sciences would be desirable, but it is not a requirement
Experience, Knowledge and Skills:
  • In case of secondary education, a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in supporting projects in governmental, non-governmental, or private sectors.
  • In case of Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience in supporting projects in governmental, non-governmental, or private sectors.
  • Working experience in the area of finance, administration, procurement, office management, or related fields[LSF1]  will be an asset.
  • 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.


  • Fluency (both, written and verbal) in English and Georgian languages
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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