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Administrative Assistant - GCP

Panama (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Panama (United States of America)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-27

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Most commodity sectors in developing countries are afflicted by poor production practices that lead to increasing pressure on ecosystems and fail to improve the livelihoods of rural communities. Poor production practices lead to negative environmental impacts such as biodiversity loss, deforestation, carbon emissions, soil erosion, depletion of water resources and contamination from chemicals. In fact, the largest driver of deforestation is the production of agricultural commodities. On the social side, working conditions in commodity production are often not in line with basic labor rights. Despite recent commodity booms, small producers are held in poverty, mostly due to low productivity and product quality. 
Despite the progress made through standards and supply-chain initiatives , weaknesses in the underlying enabling environment limit change at a larger scale. An effective enabling environment consists of elements such as clear public policies, a well-functioning legal framework, clarity regarding land-use planning, effective enforcement mechanisms, accessible credit structures, and effective farmer extension services. As a result of the absence of these elements, work on commodity sustainability remains less effective than it could be, and costlier and more time-consuming than it should be. Improving the enabling environments will increase the chances of sector-wide change to sustainable production practices. 
UNDP established the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) in 2009 in recognition of the importance of global agricultural commodities and how they contribute to economical, social and environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen UNDP’s support and leadership in the field.  GCP was initiated with seed funding from the UNDP and was tasked to evolve into a global programme supporting UNDP’s Strategic Plan, building on almost a decade of GEF supported projects mainstreaming ecosystem services into productive landscapes.  GCP’s global targets, objectives and delivery strategies are based on inclusive and sustainable growth and development – combining governments and markets in agriculture through public private partnerships and democratic dialogue processes. GCP’s focus on strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder producers within commodity supply chains and reducing environmental footprints, particularly deforestation, through public private partnerships can be key for UNDP’s ambitions to reduce poverty, reduce deforestation and engage the private sector in SDGs.  
The Green Commodities Programme (GCP) exists to improve the national economic, social and environmental performance of agricultural commodity sectors. GCP works within agricultural commodity production in countries of UNDP operation where the programme can have significant impact on rural livelihoods, mitigate climate change, and maintain the ecosystem services and resilience of landscapes and seascapes.
The GCP has pioneered the concept of National Commodity Platforms to help governments facilitate shared visions and actions for sustainable commodity production among key stakeholders. GCP operates in over 10 countries globally. 
GCP is coordinating the Good Growth Partnership (GGP) Program, an integrated “supply chain” approach to tackling the underlying root causes of deforestation from agriculture commodities, specifically beef, oil palm, and soy, which together account for nearly 70% of deforestation globally. The GGP Program is  delivered through a multi-agency consortium including WWF, IFC, UNEP, and CI. The Program provides support to production, generate responsible demand, support enabling transactions and foster adaptive management and learning through multiple child projects. UNDP GCP is implementing the production project within the GGP  which includes global support and activities in three target countries (Paraguay, Liberia and Indonesia), as well as the Adaptive Management & Learning project (in partnership with WWF) focusing on programme level coordination, knowledge management, community of practice development, communication and partnerships.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities
1.Provide logistic and administrative support related to travel and missions and to the organization of meetings and workshop:
  • Create travel request in Atlas, following up the process from creation to disbursement of DSA´s and closure. 
  • Request creation of travelers profiles 
  • Support the process of obtaining visas for missions.
  • Support the organization of workshops and events. 
  • Support the development of the project annual travel budget 
  • Control travel expenditures to update the travel budget.  
2.Support Project´s  procurement processes:
  • Request creation of Vendors 
  • Manage Micropurchases and Direct contracts under 5K processes 
  • Support the development of procurement plans including uploading in PROMPT  
  • Support other procurement processes including preliminary evaluations, setting interviews, drafting reports, etc 
  • Update project´s contracts data base
3.Provides effective support to management of the project, finance  and operational matters focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Prepare payment requests.
  • Follow up  requisitions approval process.  
  • Follow-up on payments, from preparation until disbursement with the finance unit.
  • Support preparation and verification of Combined Delivery Reports.
  • Support the regular updating of the Project Management Module in ATLAS
  • Support Interns hiring and other recruitment  processes
  • Support team members with Cancilleria requests like accreditations, visas, drivers licenses among others
4.Any other task related to the operational support for the project, as required.


Technical skills:
  • Demonstrated ability working in the administrative and financial field. 
  • Knowledge of ATLAS will be an asset.
  • Good knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel, and Internet browsers is required.
  • Well organized
  • Solution-oriented and analytical
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure
  • Attention to detail 
  • Building Relationships
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Promoting Team Work
  • Results-oriented
  • Client-oriented

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration, or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of general experience in administration, finances, and/or logistics  and preferably in international organizations, NGOs or related to project implementation; 
  • Previous experience working with UNDP projects will be considered an asset.
  • Experience providing support to global and disperse teams is an advantage
  • Experience in organizing events and workshops including travel arrangements will be an advantage.. 
  • Experience with public procurement processes is desirable 
Language requirements:
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills in Spanish and English.



Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Only those candidates from the short list will be contacted.

This position is open only for Panamanian citizens or foreigners with permanent residence and valid work permit.

Important applicant information


All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment; therefore this position is open for Panamanian citizens or non-nationals with valid work permit only.


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