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Administrative Assistant with Emergency Crisis Response for Prevention of Famine Project

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-16

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Yemen’s current multi-dimensional war is now entering its fourth year. This conflict has exacerbated the Yemen’s chronic vulnerabilities, leaving an estimated 22.2 million people (or more than 75 percent of its population) in need of humanitarian assistance, including an estimated 11.3 million children and 2.9 million Internal Displaced People (IDPs).
Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. Around 20 million people (70 percent of the population) are facing hunger, a 13 percent increase from 2017. The current conflict has led to a decline in the national economy. Gross Domestic Product was cut in half since 2015, and more than 80 percent of the population living below the poverty line. The fighting around the country’s seaports and the ensuing suspension of commercial imports and supply shortages, the depreciation of the Yemeni riyal, which is now worth barely a third of 2015 level, have combined to push the food prices up.
Only half of health facilities are functioning, and many Yemenis in need of critical treatments especially for malnutrition are too poor to access the ones that are open. Beyond those at risk of famine, many millions with only emergency food assistance to survive, face a collapse in their immune systems – especially children and the elderly – increasing their vulnerability to malnutrition, cholera and other diseases. Chronic water shortages exacerbate food insecurity and risk of famine in areas where people depend on agriculture for food and income.
Against this background, UNDP’s strategy to mitigate the impact of the current crisis, including the risk of famine, is anchored on a two-pronged approach: on the one hand to addressing immediate needs – leveraging and enhancing endogenous support mechanisms to populations at-risk that can complement and safeguard the gains made through the humanitarian response – and on the other hand for the need to maintain the existing capacities and mechanisms at local and national level to maintain the foundation for future reconstruction and recovery.
UNDP will contribute to and complement the overall collective efforts for the prevention of Famine in Yemen. Based on the its comparative advantage and demonstrated results, UNDP’s Famine Response will address the following key critical drivers of food insecurity:
1) lack of income and weak purchasing power of households;
2) deteriorating public infrastructure and community assets creating a gap in the delivery of critical services for famine prevention including Health/Malnutrition, Roads and (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - WASH) ; and
3) lack of local capacities for food production.
The Project is expected to achieve the following results:
- Enhanced Income for Vulnerable Individuals and Households at Risk of Famine.
- Rehabilitation of Key Community Assets for Famine Response (Roads, Health, (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - WASH) and Solar Systems)
- Increased Capacities for Local Food Production
In delivering these outputs, UNDP will be able to ensure that Yemeni households and communities will effectively cope with the current severe food insecurity and mitigate the risk of starvation and be strong drivers of the resilience-building and recovery efforts.
As such, the project contributes towards Outcome 6 of the UNDP corporate Strategic Plan: Early recovery and rapid return to sustainable development pathways are achieved in post-conflict situations.
UNDP Yemen now seeks to hire a National Administrative Assistant to provide the needed support for the project based in the UNDP Country Office in Sana’a.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the National Coordinator, the Project Admin Assistant provides support services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. He/she works in close collaboration with the project staff, operations and programme as required to exchange information and support project delivery. The Project Admin Assistant will provide administrative and programmatic support as guided by project manager.
  • Provide general office assistance and handle routine administrative tasks.
  • Follow up on day-to-day financial and administrative activities of the project including managing travel arrangement, information dissemination, correspondence and translation;
  • Liaise with the project team to ensure timely submission of progress reports, plans and relevant documents.
  • Liaise with the country office and project staff to ensure timely submission and processing of requests.
  • Assist in following-up with finance, procurement and human resources units and ensure timely delivery of services.
  • Participate in organizing in-country workshops and other related training activities.
  • Organize meetings for the project management, as well as recording meetings by taking notes, preparing minutes and recording decision points generated;
  • Maintain all project files and records and update project inventory records;
  • Prepare notes, letters, background information and hand-outs.
  • Plan and contribute to portfolio – related communications advocacy events
  • Participate in monitoring field visits
  • Assist in maintaining and preparation of budget revisions
  • Creation of requisitions in Atlas for development projects, register of goods receipt in Atlas.
  • Maintenance of the internal expenditure control system including timely corrective actions on posted vouchers, including vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, and unapproved vouchers.
  • Make budget check for requisitions.
  • Perform other duties as required.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that 

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value


Client orientation

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work


Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Planning and organizing

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Knowledge Management and Learning

Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Public Administration or other related field.


  • At least 3 years of experience in administrative work, accounting/finance, economics, or other substantive area is required. Experience with international development projects would be considered as a strong asset;
  • Ability to use information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool and resource
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel), and
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages; experience in handling web-based management systems;
  • Experience with PeopleSoft/ATLAS, knowledge of IPSAS, are an asset;
  • Working experience in the United Nations system, particularly UNDP, is an asset

Language Requirements:

  •  Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and oral


Important applicant information

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Workforce diversity

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