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Program Support Expert

Bamako (Mali)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Bamako (Mali)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-01

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Within the terms of the organization’s delegated authority, and under the guidance of the G5 Project Management Team and direct supervision of the Senior Human Rights Officer leading OHCHR’s G5 Project, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Work with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, monitor and analyze specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation, review relevant documents and reports, identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions, liaise with relevant parties, identify and track follow-up actions;

Assist in ensuring an effective and efficient execution of projects and programmes, within the limit of the allocated resources, by providing appropriate technical support to projects through project design, field visits, training, reporting and evaluation, coordination and monitoring activities related to participatory urban planning, management and governance;

Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies;

Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications; Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings and training workshops, conferences etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations and handling logistics; Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support and data collection;

Coordinate activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports and financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme and programme budget); Assist in the preparation of project documentation, project approval package submissions, project and budget revisions, recruitment of consultants and procurement of goods;

Assist in the strengthening of inter-divisional collaboration to achieve better linkages between normative and operational Divisions to better coordinate and support the implementation of the organization’s work programme; Support communication and liaison with international partners and donor organizations, as well as implementing partners on international, national and local level; Perform other related duties as may be required.

This assignment implies frequent interaction with the following: Counterparts, officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations and consultants.
When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-)governmental counterparts, the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training.

Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, economics, law, public administration, or related field relevant to human rights

Required experience: 36 Months Experience remark:

A minimum of three years of progressive experience in project and programme management and/or administration at the international level; post-disaster/conflict experience is desirable; experience managing human rights programmes/activities is desirable; experience with ERP

Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Other development programme/project experience, Crisis and conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution and reconciliation, Human rights Area of expertise details:

Knowledge of basic computer programmes such as Word, Excel, email and internet search functions, as well as database management;
Experience with ERP systems (UMOJA, etc.) is desirable.

Driving license: No Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first register your profile at
Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?
Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 1st April 2020

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