Job Description


The position:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

The Programme Assistant is part of a team, coordinated by the Regional Team Coordinator, which provides integrated programme and technical support within a systems strengthening approach fundamental to UNFPA’s overall strategy.  The Programme Assistant also works in close collaboration with the International Operations Manager (IOM) and his/her team to ensure timely support to COs on operational matters.  The Programme Assistant will report directly to the Technical Adviser, Gender and Human Rights.


Qualifications and Experience


Completion of secondary school with additional course work in public administration, finance or economics.

Knowledge and Experience: 

5 years previous relevant experience including some experience in research assistance;

Previous experience in the UN an advantage;

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

Computer literacy - Word, Excel, Power-point, etc.;

Good knowledge of Atlas / Peoplesoft or other ERP system;

Good writing and communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, is desirable.