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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Apia
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-24

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Programme Analyst

Apia (Samoa)


UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
The UNDP Multi-Country Office (MCO) based in Samoa, which covers Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau, implements the UNDP Subregional Programme Document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (2018-22), which is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and country priorities as reflected in national development plans. In close partnership with the four Governments, UNDP works in collaboration with donors, the private sector, civil society organizations and local communities, academia, media and regional organizations to provide global knowledge and integrated development solutions to development challenges. UNDP promotes a whole-of-society approach to deliver on the ambition of the 2030 Agenda, with greater involvement of civil society actors, emphasis on empowering women, youth and vulnerable groups, and centred on the principle of leaving no one behind. 
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ARR Governance, the Programme Analyst contributes to building and managing an expanded portfolio of activities related to effective governance for service delivery and sustainable and inclusive economic development. S/he works in close collaboration with MCO programme, operations and project staff, programme staff in other UN Agencies, and UNDP HQ staff. S/he also engages with the four Governments and a wide range of development partners to successfully implement the UNDP programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.Ensures implementation of programme strategies in the area of governance for service delivery and sustainable and inclusive economic development, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Contribution to the preparation of substantive inputs to key strategic documents including UN Common Country Assessments, UN Pacific Strategy, UN Subregional Programme, and formulation of UN joint programmes and UNDP project documents;
  • Identification and proposal of areas for support and interventions within the assigned Subregional Programme Document outcome areas; 
  • Periodic horizon scanning to identify significant issues pertaining to governance, service delivery and economic development that have interdisciplinary/-sectoral linkages and require integrated solutions, as potential new entry points for UNDP programming in the four countries.
2.Participates in effective management of the Subregional Programme in the area of governance for service delivery and sustainable and inclusive economic development, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Effective application of Results Based Management tools; 
  • Support to the design, appraisal and approval of projects, including realistic multi-year work plans and budgets, ensuring compliance with UNDP policies and procedures including on cost recovery and direct project costing; 
  • Support to timely project quality assurance during design, implementation and closure; 
  • Regular monitoring of projects in the portfolio, identification of programmatic and operational bottlenecks and devising of solutions. Providing feedback and support to project teams on strengthening annual planning, implementation of work plans, resource utilization and quality of results. Ensuring projects’ adherence to corporate quality standards, and their compliance with relevant policies and procedures;
  • Tracking of cash advances to Implementing Partners and Responsible Parties, and ensuring their timely liquidation; 
  • Implementation of Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) framework in projects in the portfolio, including micro assessments and follow-up, as well as assurance activities;
  • Support to audit planning and preparation, provision of inputs to audit and effective follow up on audit recommendations;
  • Ensuring timely operational and financial closure of projects; 
  • Ensuring timely evaluation of relevant Subregional Programme outcomes and projects in line with the MCO Evaluation Plan;   
  • Provision of quality inputs to corporate planning, monitoring and reporting exercises and platforms;
  • Preparation of narrative donor reports. Preparation of financial reports with support of the Programme Finance Analyst;
  • Support to achievement of agreed MCO programme and management targets. Support to the design of mechanisms and approaches to accelerate delivery and enhance the impact of the programme portfolio;
  • Support to MCO business processes mapping and preparation/updating of Standard Operating Procedures in programme/project management;
  • Exercise any delegated authority for Atlas actions and approvals in line with UNDP regulations and rules.
3.Supports creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the MCO resource mobilization strategy in the area of governance for service delivery and sustainable and inclusive economic development, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Contribution to development and implementation of the overall MCO resource mobilization strategy;
  • Provision of analysis of resource mobilization opportunities within team portfolio, including research on existing and potential new donors/funding sources and their priorities, and preparation of tailored “pitches” to them on possible areas of cooperation;
  • Provision of information and guidance to potential partners and donors on ways to engage with UNDP, and corporate processes that may need to be followed;   
  • Development of substantive inputs to outreach materials facilitating stakeholder engagement.
4.Supports the provision of quality evidence-based advisory services to the four Governments in the area of governance for service delivery and sustainable and inclusive economic development, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Compile and interpret socio-economic research and data to inform the provision of evidence-based policy advice by UNDP; 
  • Support to UNDP research expanding the perspectives of government and development partners and drawing them into new dialogues and policy directions;
  • Analysis and visualization of data;
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned linked to UNDP programme objectives, and feeding these back into programme and project design.
5.Facilitates knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the MCO focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Support to organization of trainings for staff of the MCO and project staff, as well as Implementing Partners and Responsible Parties, on relevant programme and project management issues;
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme countries’ policy goals;
  • Continually seeking opportunities and linkages for the work on governance for service delivery and sustainable and inclusive economic development within broader MCO efforts; 
  • Learning from colleagues and adapting to new thinking and approaches; 
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


  • Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.
  • Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.
People Management
  •  Models independent thinking and action. 
  • Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.
  •  Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services.
Technical/ Functional:
Civic Engagement
  • Knowledge of frameworks and dialogue processes for effective and transparent engagement of civil society, women’s and youth groups, indigenous peoples and other excluded groups in national development and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Political Economy Analysis
  • Knowledge of the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time, and how these dynamics both affect, and are affected by, UNDP's development support.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Gender Issues and Analysis
  • Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.
Results Based Management
  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.
Quality Assurance
  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.
  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
Knowledge Curation
  • Ability to turn raw information into useful knowledge, relevant for context or responsive to stated need.
Trends and emerging areas analytics
  • Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design. 
Design Thinking
  • Knowledge of method(s) for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result.
Team Building
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree) in in Social Policy, Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Development Studies, Law, or related field;
  • Or, a first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in one of the above disciplines in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience.
  • Relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, with hands-on experience in programme/project design and results-based management; 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems. Experience with ERP systems, preferably PeopleSoft, is desirable.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Samoan both written and verbal. 
  • This vacancy is open to Samoan nationals only;
  • Women candidates are encouraged to apply. 


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