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Programme Associate (NPSA-7)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Minsk
  • Grade: Administrative support - NPSA-7, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed
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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Project Description

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance and supports the results of UNDP’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, summarized in its “3x6x3” framework, including strengthening institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services based on Structural transformation, Building resilience and Leaving no-one behind. The HIV, Health and Development Group (HHD Group) within BPPS, is helping to contribute towards this outcome. The HIV and Health Strategy 2022-2025: ‘Connecting the Dots’ elaborates on UNDP's work on HIV and health in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNDP has an important role in supporting health outcomes by supporting countries to address the social, cultural and economic determinants of HIV and health in partnership with UN entities and other organizations. This is done through UNDP’s core work in reducing inequalities and social exclusion that drive HIV and poor health, promoting effective and inclusive governance for health and building resilient and sustainable systems for health. UNDP also contributes through its coordinating and convening role in bringing together multiple partners and resources at national and local levels.

As a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in the effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multi-sectoral health programmes while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP provide support through various implementation modalities, including technical assistance, fund administration, interim Principal Recipient (PR) in these settings, working with national partners and The Global Fund (GF) to improve management, implementation and oversight while simultaneously developing national capacity for governments or local entities to be able to assume the PR role over time. Within the HHD Group, the Global Fund – Health Implementation Support Team (GF-HIST) is a dedicated team that supports UNDP Country Offices throughout the grant lifecycle. The support includes programme management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, capacity development and/or transition and sustainability planning and support to strategic policies and plans and funding proposals.

UNDP has been identified by the Global Fund to support the national stakeholders in the implementation of the Belarus HIV and TB grant (the ‘Grant’). Under the direct supervision of the HIV and TB Analysts, the Programme Associate will provide technical support for the implementation of the Global Fund grant. This will be done in accordance with UNDP rules, policies and procedures and corporate agreements with the GF, and working in close coordination with national stakeholders, the GF (including Local Fund Agent), CCM, and technical and UN partners, the GF/HIST and other UNDP programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensures the implementation of the Global Fund programme (HIV/AIDS and TB) through the coordination of the Sub-recipients’ (SR) activities against those planned under the Grant to ensure compliance and execution in line with the National HIV/AIDS and TB response strategies and the Grant.
  • Ensures thorough review of SRs quarterly reports and certification of achievement of program targets linked to approved budgets.
  • Ensures engagement with the relevant national counterparts for effective and timely preparation of the quantification of health commodities, timely delivery of non-health and health products and monitoring of the procurement and supply chain management plan.
  • Works with the Monitoring & Evaluation and PSM teams in the Project Management Unit to implement M&E and PSM plans as approved under the Grant.
  • Proactively undertakes regular monitoring of project sites independently as well as jointly with other PMU colleagues, MOH, LFA and other partners.
  • Monitors the budget closely and, in liaison with the Finance Associate, conducts a qualitative analysis of the performance of the budget by cost inputs and partners the analysis is to be shared and discussed at PMU management meetings.
  • Contributes quality and timely inputs to the development of Progress Report Update and other donor reports, UNDP corporate reports, including ROAR and risk frameworks.
  • Identifies bottlenecks related to the implementation of the Grant, proposes mitigation measures and supports and follows their execution. 
  • Promotes knowledge generation through identification, documentation and dissemination of achievements, best practices and lessons learned directly linked to the Grant.
  • Performs any other programmatic task assigned by the supervisor and related to the Grant.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the direct supervision of the HIV and TB Analysts, the Programme Associate coordinates all SR activities (HIV/AIDS and TB). He/she works closely with other functional teams.

Core competencies:
  • 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.
Cross Functional and Technical competencies:
  • Business Development-Human-centered design:
    • Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process.
  • Business Development-Knowledge Facilitation:
    • Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.
  • 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.
  • Health- Access to treatment and services:
    • Understanding and practical experience of issues related to HIV, Health and Development social determinants of health and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Secondary education.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant sphere would be desired, but this is not a requirement. 
  • Minimum 7 years (with Secondary education) or 4 years (with Bachelor's degree) of relevant experience in programme/project coordination in health, education and social spheres or any other relevant fields. 


  • Fluency in Russian (written and oral) is required.
  • Working knowledge of English (oral and written) shall be considered as an asset.

Desired skills:

  • Working experience with a health programme is an asset.
  • Work experience with CSOs is an asset.
  • Work experience with the vulnerable populations is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of oral and written English is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UN or UNDP’s rules, policies and procedures is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Global Fund programmes is an asset.
  • Knowledge in HIV/TB is an asset.

Required Documents:

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors references may also include peers.
  • A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  • Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


Applicant information about UNDP rosters 

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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