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National Project Assistant


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Riyadh
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

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  • Assist with organizing operational and administrative processes for project needs:
  • Providing daily support on timely execution the project (s) approved work plans.
  • Assisting in monitoring the progress throughout the project cycle.
  • Assisting the National Project Officer in coordinating the exchange of information among the programme partners.
  • Providing required support in organizing/conducting project activities.
  • Provision of administrative services to meetings, seminars, and workshops.
  • Efficient travel arrangements provided for the team as required, ensuring proper use of UNDP resources and client satisfaction.
  • Maintain records on assets management and prepare asset reports.
  • Support in travel and logistics arrangements, as needed.
  • Initiate routine correspondence relating to the implementation of the project and drafting of official documents.
  • Support in organizing meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  • Draft meeting minutes, translate and interpret them from Arabic into English and vice-versa.
  • Support other programme-related activities as required by the National Project Officer, UNDP Programme, and Management teams.
  • Undertake and support project implementation and procurement activities according to UNDP workflows, including contracting consultants and institutional contracts 
  • Propose solutions to any administrative issues whenever relevant and possible.
  • Manage the project documentation in an appropriate and satisfactory manner:
  • Maintain files and ensure proper records of project working files and permanent retention files in line with corporate requirements (project audit, evaluation, and operational and financial closure).
  • Assist in the preparation of project work plans by providing support in data collection, systematization, analysis of information, and interaction with institutions in data collection.
  • Preparation of relevant background materials for use in discussions, correspondence, and briefing sessions.
  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of a variety of progress reports by providing information, preparation, and analysis of financial data, etc.
  • Document lessons learned.
  • Compile, copy and distribute project products. 

Undertake any other duties as may be required by UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements 
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible 
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction and Strategy Strategic Thinking Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks, and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
Business Direction and Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgment to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact other parts of the system
Business Direction and Strategy Negotiation and Influence Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain an advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise, and create ‘win-to-win’ situations
Business Development  Knowledge Generation Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
Business Management  Results Based Management  Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results
Business Management  Working with Evidence and Data Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform, and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making
Business Management  Monitoring Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results


  • Knowledge & experience in working with governmental entities in Saudi Arabia.
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Business, or Public Administration or 4 years of experience associated with a high school degree.
A minimum of 1 year of experience associated with a Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of experience associated with a high school degree. 


Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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