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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: 2023-06-06

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Assist with organizing operational and administrative processes for project needs:

  • Provide daily support for the timely execution of the project (s) approved work plans.
  • Assist in monitoring the progress throughout the project cycle.
  • Assist the National Project Officer in coordinating the exchange of information among the programme partners.
  • Provide required support in organizing/conducting project activities.
  • Provide administrative services to meetings, seminars, and workshops.
  • Ensure efficient travel arrangements provided for the team as required, 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 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.

Duties and Responsibilities


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.
  • Prepare 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.


 Institutional Arrangement

The National Project Assistant will report to the UNDP Programme Analyst and consult on a regular basis with the National Project Manager (NPM).


  • Knowledge and 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.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability.



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 

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education  Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Business, or Public Administration or 4 years of experience associated with a high school degree. 
Min. years of relevant Work experience  A minimum of 1 year of experience associated with a Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of experience associated with a high school degree. 
Required skills and competencies 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications, integrated web-based management systems, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication, and ability to work in a team
  • Strong report writing skills
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Knowledge and 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 Language(s) (at working level)  Advanced in spoken and written English and Arabic. 
Professional Certificates  N/A 


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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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