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Programme Associate GS-6 Temporary Appointment (6 months), Panama City -LACRO


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Panamá
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-05

LACRO Gender Section is looking for a Programme Associate to support UNICEF’s work in the execution of the Spotlight Initiative, Regional Caribbean programme, including knowledge management and the operational and financial closure of the programme. Apply Now!!!

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, empowerment

Gender equality is a priority for UNICEF, as manifested in its Gender Action Plan (GAP), 2022–2025. The GAP operationalizes the Gender Policy by specifying how UNICEF will promote gender equality. It elaborates the steps required to accelerate progress on gender equality across the five Goal Areas of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2022–2025, as well as within institutional systems and processes. The GAP
reiterates that ending Gender‐Based Violence is an organizational priority for UNICEF.
In September 2017, the EU and the UN launched a joint partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) aims at mobilizing commitment of political leaders and contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The Initiative aims at ending all forms of violence against women and girls, targeting those that are most prevalent and contribute to gender inequality across the world. The SI deploys targeted, large‐scale investments in Asia, Africa, Latin
America, the Pacific and the Caribbean, aimed at achieving significant improvements in the lives of women and girls.
The SI thematic focus in the Caribbean is the reduction in prevalence and incidence of family violence. Family violence includes physical, social, sexual, economic and psychological/emotional abuse and acts of aggression within relationships that are considered as family connections or akin to family. UNICEF is one of the four UN agencies involved in the implementation of the SI Caribbean programme.
The UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office is based in in Panama, operating in 36 territories, including 24 country offices. Five of those offices support child rights goals in Caribbean Community LACRO May 2023 Page 2 of 4 (CARICOM) Member States, with offices in Belize, Jamaica and Haiti. Multi‐country offices are located in Guyana (covering Guyana and Suriname) and Barbados (covering 12 countries and territories in the Eastern Caribbean Area).
For more information about UNICEF and its work:‐equality

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Coordinator, SI Regional Caribbean Programme and in collaboration with the Regional Gender Advisor, and the Programme Associate for the Regional Office Gender Section, the purpose of the assignment is to support UNICEF’s work in the execution of the SI Regional Caribbean programme, including knowledge management and the operational and financial
closure of the programme.
Summary of key functions:
Budget and grant management
  • Monitor and advise on financial status of the programme and potential over‐expenditures and recommend possibilities for reallocation to ensure the optimum use available funds.
  • Submit periodic SI financial reports for management oversight, monitoring and review and confirm availability of funds as required.
  • Liaise with the financial coordinator of the SI Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) in Barbados a needed to support efficient management and accountability of results.
  • Carry out transactions in VISION pertaining to the SI grant such as registering grant allotments and tracking expiring programme grants.
  • Ensure the financial workplan is kept up to date, with budgets and financial expenditures of programme in compliance with Spotlight and UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed on actions for decision/follow up.
  • Liaise and support the SI programme coordination team to execute operational and financial programme closure of the SI programme in compliance with the SI Operations Manual Compendium and adhere to the UNICEF closure protocols effectively and efficiently. Specifically:
    • Support the production and ensure submission of the final programme narrative report and financial report that include final expenditure of UNICEFs’ contribution.
    • If relevant, submit refunds of any unspent balance and send notification where required.
    • Ensure that all financial procedures are satisfied, and any other requirements.
Knowledge management and communication
  • Support preparation of SI briefing materials and presentations.
  • Maintain the SI SharePoint site with updated materials and keep abreast of any new information to be added.
  • Support the preparation of flyers for events and create registration systems and surveys.
  • Prepare meeting notes and ensure proper documentation and recording of information for future reference.

Contract management and administrative support

  • Support in creating service and consultant contracts and contract management.
  • Prepare and process Request for Quotations (RFQs), Invitations to Bid (ITBs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs), as might be requested by the Supervisor.
  • Conduct regular virtual check‐in with partners to assess financial record‐keeping and reporting.
  • Travel planning and facilitation of travel arrangements in coordination with the travel unit.
  • During absences and annual leaves backs up colleagues and peers in the same section as agreed with the supervisor.
  • Provide general administrative support as needed.

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

  • Education: Completion of secondary education, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization
  • Work Experience: A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible administrative or clerical work experience is required.
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required; French or Spanish is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

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.

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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. 

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 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.

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

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.