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Programme Associate, Communications/SBC, GS-6, No. 120808 (For Nationals ONLY)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Luanda
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-30

UNICEF Angola is advertising four posts for Programme Associate, GS-6. If you apply for more than one post, indicate your order of preference for each one.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a Future.

Under the supervision and guidance of the UNICEF Angola senior management team and the Manager of PME, the Programme Associate supports the two sections equally by carrying out a range of programme and administrative support functions to help develop, implement and monitor their portfolios, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations.

The Programme Associate (PA) works in close collaboration with a range of staff in the country office, implementing partners, external partners and agency counterparts in support of the sections’ work.  The PA provides regular feedback on the status of activities through monitoring milestones and advises on improvements to keep activities on track.

How can you make a difference?

  • Facilitating the development of programme cooperation agreements (PCAs) by providing information and drafting selected sections.
  • ·Ensuring the timely and accurate recording and administrative processing of government & NGO’s proposals and requests for direct cash transfers (DCTs).
  • ·Conducting programme monitoring in UNICEF focus districts for cash and supplies and updating team-members on status.
  • ·Helping conduct regular spot checks of partner’s projects to assess their financial record-keeping, expenditure controls and reporting systems.
  • · Monitoring and tracking the efficient distribution of supplies that are required for effective programme delivery.
  • · Supporting the front office and programme section in researching, compiling and analyzing relevant qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources to facilitate programme delivery as well as preparation of reports, working papers and presentations.
  • · Carrying out transactions in VISION ensuring programme results, activities and programme coding are in accordance with annual work plans (AWPs), amending and altering in line with section revisions when necessary.
  • · Carrying out transactions in VISION pertaining to grants and programme-related matters including but not limited to registering grant allotments and tracking expiring programme grants.
  • · Preparing monitoring and reporting information for supervisor and team on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results.
  • · Regularly monitoring budgets and financial expenditures of section by employing applicable tools, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advising on actions for decision or follow up.
  • · Helping prepare periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to country office and donors to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds.
  • · Supporting capacity development activities related to programme development by preparing training materials and participating in exercises.

Key Expected Results

  • Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCA) managed effectively and Direct Cash Transfers (DCTs) cleared in a timely manner.
  • Recording of Gov’t, NGO proposals and requests for direct cash transfers managed effectively and communicated to appropriate staff.
  • Guidelines and timelines adhered to by the two sections in attendance tracking, leave planning, trip reporting, updating events calendar and other standard processes.
  • Timelines for donor reports tracked regularly with inputs provided as needed.
  • Improved SharePoint sites with active engagement from RO and Country Offices.
  • Contributes to the two section meetings in generating topics, taking notes and occasionally chairing.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.

  • A minimum of six years of administrative or clerical work experience is required. Prior experience in programme support functions is an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of  local working language of the duty station is an asset.


For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:


UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.


  • In-depth knowledge of the administration which underpins UNICEF country office programme/project operations, including monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • ·Strong organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities.
  •  High sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment. ·
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • ·Strong office management skills. ·
  • High attention to detail. ·
  • Ability to effectively manage the section’s material resources and monitor its budget. ·
  •  Analytical skills. ·
  • Experienced in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other UNICEF software such as SharePoint


During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF Angola is advertising four posts for Programme Associate, GS-6.  If you apply for more than one post, indicate your order of preference for each one.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.