Job Description


Position Summary:

The Programme Assistant is part of a team, coordinated by the Regional Deputy Director, which provides integrated programme and technical support within a systems strengthening approach fundamental to UNFPA’s overall strategy.  The Regional Programme Assistant also works in close collaboration with the Regional Director’s Office (RDO) and Operations Team to ensure timely support to RO on management and operational matters.
The Regional Programme Assistant provides programme, administrative and secretarial support to the Regional Programme and Technical team, in particular to the Deputy Regional Director, maintaining full confidentiality in all aspects of assignment, ensuring due protocol, information flow and follow up on deadlines and commitments made.  Incumbent also provides logistical support, calendar management, and facilitates efficient communications flow.
The Regional Programme Assistant works with and provides support to the Deputy Regional Director and the Regional Programme Team members, other internal partners include other programme assistants in the RO; close collaboration with the RDO and Operations Team to ensure smooth and effective management of the RO, members of the RO’s programme/technical support team, SROs, COs and HQs to resolve policy and procedural issues, and region specific issues.
External partners include project implementation partners of the Region’s core global programme; and academic institutions’ professional societies, NGOs, IGOs, libraries and database for research assistance. 
Both internal and external contacts include exchange of information on broader aspects of the work area which may include providing clarification of non-routine matters involving some technical input.


Qualifications and Experience

Completed Secondary Level Education required. First level university degree desirable.
Knowledge and Experience:  
5 years previous relevant experience working in private or public sector, including some experience in research assistance, project/programme implementation support;
Previous experience in the UN is 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.

Languages: Fluency in English or French or Spanish or Arabic or Russian is required, depending on the location of the post. Working knowledge of English is required.