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Programme Associate (PN10026236) - Ankara

Ankara (Turkey)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Ankara (Turkey)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-26

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Internal candidates

General Service Staff members currently serving at the duty station where the vacancy exists, who have been appointed through the AC process and have indefinite or Fixed Term appointment.  Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (PPAL).

External candidates

External candidates must be legally present in Turkey at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Non-Turkish citizens are required to submit a valid Turkish residence permit to be considered. Programme Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Programme Associate would normally receive guidance from more senior programme staff in the operation/bureau/division. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/region programme(s). UNHCR Manual, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the Programme Associate. S/he is expected to stay abreast of the challenges posed by the operational context, the UN and humanitarian reform and institutional developments.

The incumbent is expected to have contacts within the organization and outside the duty station, as well as with partners and other stakeholders to collect information, monitor programme activities and implement administrative requirements. The incumbent will have to establish good working relationships with their peers at country level to facilitate the collection of information and other programme management related activities.

The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the Program Management Cycle.


All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties

- Support the assessment and analysis of the needs of persons of concern in the country/region in a participatory manner and using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective as basis for planning.
- Assist in managing the development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices and the development of partner capacities related to programme management if applicable.
- Assist in organizing and documenting the selection of partners in accordance with the policy on selection and retention of partners, ensuring due diligence to meet the requirements of projects.
- Provide support to the field with technical advice to ensure partnership agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures included in the framework for implementing with partners.
- Support the implementation and performance of partnership agreements through field visits and appropriate physical monitoring if applicable, reviewing performance and financial reports.
- Support the development and implementation of MFT monitoring plans for activities implemented through partnerships and those under direct implementation in line with Programme Manual and programming instructions.
- Contribute to the review and analysis of operations plans, mid-year and year-end reports of the different UNHCR offices, ensuring quality assurance and compliance with established policies, guidelines, procedures and standards. Generate and maintain records of implementation rate (performance progress and expenditures) on a regular basis.
- Follow up on any change in regards to alignment of results chain, verifying indicators, budget, prioritization, apportioning needed to measure programme performance, trends and target interventions, contributing to soundness of Operations Plan and enhancement of data quality.
- Follow up with UNHCR offices the compliance with issuance of audit certificates for partners in line with the Policy on Risk-Based Project Audits.
- Provide support to the field through technical advice and training on resource allocation processes and other programmatic issues.
- Use UNHCR¿s corporate tools (e.g. Focus Client, Global Focus Insight and FOCUS Reader, MSRP) for core activities related to planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting, generating data for evidence-based programmatic decisions and analysis.
- Support UNHCRs programming of community of practice and continuously contributing to improvements of programming tools and processes.
- Perform other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 - 6 years relevant experience with High school diploma plus Advanced Training/Certificate

Field(s) of Education
not specified

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
n/a

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential:
Demonstrated experience in programme management, Operation Management Cycle and related processes. Knowledge of Results Based-Management. Computer skills (in MS office) including advanced Excel skills (pivot tables, data management, etc.)

Desirable:
Completion of UNHCR Learning Programmes or specific training relevant to function of the position including Programme Management ¿ Level 1. E-tutoring of PM1, Framework for Implementing with Partners Learning Programme. Experience in programme management training and capacity building activities.

Functional Skills
*IT-Computer Literacy
PG-Programme Management (project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards)
PG-Results-Based Management
DM-Database Management
PG-Programme Analysis
PG-Assessments and Surveys

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.


This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

REMUNERATION

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. The monthly net salary is between TRY 8,100 and TRY 10,165 depending on relevant experience, dependency status and language proficiency. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the Office of HR Management of United Nations.
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== UNHCR Programme Unit manages Operations budget, which is implemented either directly by UNHCR or through different Partners. UNHCR Turkey has currently 19 national,  international NGOs and Governmental Partners who operate in different provinces of Turkey to provide services for persons of concern to UNHCR. Moreover, UNHCR Turkey also implements the Operations budgets directly through its field offices and units (education, livelihoods, protection, etc.). These offices/units  are allocated budgets to implement the activities in their respective areas of responsibility.

The Programme Associate would be a focal point for certain number of partners and  the field office/units. With respect to partners, the staff member is required to support the Partners,  liaise with different units to take their inputs when preparing project document,  support the Partners in preparing project documents (project description, budget, workplans, etc.), be involved in negotiation with partners, take part in monitoring the performance of the partners in multi-functional team,  draft reports of the missions conducted, take minutes of the various meetings,  arrange monitoring missions, etc. With respect to direct implementation, the staff member is required to support the field offices/units prepare the detailed workplans, clarify necessary activities with them, provide support to tracking the implementation and expenditure of these activities, participate in the monitoring and evaluation of these activities where possible and liaise with the focal persons from these offices/units for day-to-day programmatic guidance and support throughout the year, as needed.

The Programme Associate also uses different UNHCR software (MSRP, FOCUS) to carry out a number of tasks, including, budget entry for partnership agreements, run various reports for different purpose including expenditure reports, raise requisitions and prepare vouchers, verify the financial documents submitted, enter receipts, prepare operational advances, track expenditures, etc.  The Programme Associate collaborates with other team members to accomplish the objectives of the Programme Unit and is expected to carry out other tasks as may be required.

In view of the above, the candidate must have very good project management skills, be very well versed with computer applications (especially Excel and Word), excellent written and oral communication skills, good with numbers, very good and solution-oriented interpersonal skills, eager to learn more, including UNHCR specific applications¿MSRP, FOCUS. The closing date of the Job opening is 25 February 2020.
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