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Vacancy No.:                         UNFPA/OPS4/2017

Post Title:                               Programme Associate

Duty Station:                         Freetown

Level:                                      SB 3

Duration:                               18 months Service Contract

Organisational Unit:             UNFPA Sierra Leone Country Office

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative and direct supervision of RH Advisor /Project Coordinator. The Programme Associate will assume the role of an associate in the AYG Cluster within UNFPA Programmes. S/he will assist the AYG Cluster in providing day to day support and management in the implementation of the GATES Project and provision of assistance to partners in delivering the Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health Programmes.


·         Participates in the identification and formulation of the country programme and component projects by compiling and analyzing information in the subject areas of UNFPA assistance to the Government, drafts project documents and work plans and prepares tables and statistical data.

·        Assist the SLP-AYG Cluster in providing day to day technical support and management in the GATES Project implementation of the following initiatives:

·        Delivery of the ASRH programme initiatives

·        Enhancing quality implementation of SRH and GBV activities in all learning centers and project implementation sites

·        Provide technical support to the partners in developing FACE Form, training, the reporting, documentation, etc.

·         Review the content of proposed work plan from the Implementing Partners in consultation with the Project Coordinator and RH Advisor

·         In collaboration with the project coordinator and RH Advisor, undertakes on-going participatory monitoring the progress of the GATES project, identify bottlenecks and ensure necessary actions are made in a timely manner to remedy the problem 

·         Evaluates project and programme activities, establishing and implementing mechanisms to systematically assess the achievement of results, conducting field visits, participating in review meetings and evaluation missions and preparing regular inputs to status and progress reports. Analyzes basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommends corrective actions and follows up on recommendations.

·         In coordination with national counterparts and project personnel, guides routine implementation of assigned projects, coordinating delivery of project inputs, ensuring participation of national counterparts in training activities and study tours.

·         Provides logistical support to projects by coordinating review meetings and other project related workshops and events. Trains and guides project personnel and staff on national execution and programme policies and procedures.

·         Contributes to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the CO, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination.

·         Supports advocacy and resource mobilization strategy of the CO by compiling and synthesizing relevant background material for use in discussions and public events. Establishes and maintains network of donor and public information contacts and provides assistance in organizing and conducting donor meetings and public information events.

Perform any job related responsibility as requested by the supervisor.



·         Exemplifying integrity

·         Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system

·         Embracing cultural diversity

·         Embracing change

Core Competencies:

·         Achieve results

·         Being accountable

·         Developing and applying professional expertise/ business acumen

·         Thinking analytically and strategically

·         Working in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationships

·         Communicating for impact

Functional Skill Set:

·         Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

·         Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

·         Delivering results-oriented programmes

·         Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization


Education: Any of the following

  • BSc. Public Health or any Social Sciences, Master’s degree in Public Health will be an added advantage with minimum 7 years of relevant experience in programme/ project management.
  • Demonstrate experiences in working with government partners.
  • Ability to liaise and affiliate with other UN agencies, Donor, NGO and the Government working in the area of Education and Reproductive Health programme.
  • Basic understanding of reproductive health issues affecting adolescent girls.
  • A sound knowledge/experience in working with teenage pregnant girls, teen mothers, MEST and Ministry of Health (or health office at any level)

·         Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems.

Language requirements:
English. Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

Method of Application

All applications should be addressed to The International Operations Manager and sent to the following email address: on or before the closing date of 17th November, 2017Alternatively, applications can be hand delivered to the following address:

UNFPA Office12/16 New Signal Hill Road, Off Congo Cross

Freetown, Sierra Leone


NB: This position is open only to the Nationals of Sierra Leone.