Associate Programme Management Officer


from UN Volunteers

Closing date: 04 Sep 2019


General Information

Country of Assignment: Congo, Democratic Republic

Host Institute: UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC

Volunteer Category: International Specialist

Number of Volunteer: 1

Duration: until 31-12-2019

Possibility of Extension: Yes

Expected Starting Date: Immediate

Duty Station: Goma [COD]

Assignment Place: Non-Family Duty station

Assignment Details

Assignment Title: Associate Programme Management Officer

Organizational Context & Project Description

With the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) entering its tenth month and the number of new cases continuing to rise, the Secretary-General announced measures to strengthen the United Nations efforts to support the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response including specifically to address the complex political and security environment within which the response was operating. Therefore, on 23 May, the Secretary-General established a strengthened coordination and support mechanism. He designated an Assistant Secretary-General as Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator (EERC), to oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response and to ensure that an enabling environment—particularly security and political—is in place to allow the Ebola response to be even more effective.

Within the overall Ebola response, the EERC will be responsible for: i) the coordination of international support; ii) ensuring coherence in the United Nations system support to the Ebola response; and iii) leading the implementation of pillars two and three of the UN system scale-up strategy.

This UNV assignment will be an integral part of the Office of the EERC based in Goma and will be responsible for supporting the coordination of programmatic funds coming into the Ebola affected areas to ensure coherence and a lack of duplication.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the P5 Senior Programme Management Officer, the duties of the Associate Programme Officer will include but are not limited to the following:

Programme Coordination and Management

  • support the coordination of international programmatic funds coming into the Ebola affected areas and ensure they are in-line with priority interventions, including those identified by communities themselves, that they are complementary and appropriate;
  • support the Unit including organizing meetings and preparing agendas, supporting documents and background documentation;
  • contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, progress reports etc; and carries out basic research on selected topics/aspects relating to the work of the Unit including collecting, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources.
  • support and/or participates in field missions that may be required to support the coordination and/or development of programme activities related to the Ebola response or the post-Ebola environment.
  • record, analyse and select good practices and achievements for the Unit to highlight.

Knowledge Management

  • support knowledge management through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis and complete and accurate reporting on current funding for non-Ebola related programmes in the Ebola affected areas;
  • Any other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting ApplicationContribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN VolunteersPromote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

  • High-quality written inputs are provided to support the Unit;
  • High-quality advice and coordination between partners is provided;
  • Meetings are well-prepared with high-quality briefing materials and background documents;
  • An effective and manageable workplan is developed and implementation is monitored effectively;
  • Effective support is provided to monitor programmatic funding into the Ebola affected areas and best practice is identified and documented;
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed


Required Degree Level: Bachelor degree or equivalent

University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.

Required experience: 24 months

At least two years of relevant work experience, including in programme design and/or implementation; Excellent cultural sensitivity, flexibility and adaptability to cope with a complex operational environment; Previous field experience is an advantage;

Language Skills:

  • English (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent
  • AND – French (Optional) , Level – Working Knowledge

Area of Expertise:

  • Development programme management Mandatory
  • Development programme/project administration Mandatory
How to apply:

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