Programme Analyst, Humanitarian Action

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :12-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA Local
Post Level :NO-B
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :364 days

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.


The East and Southern Africa Region is increasingly faced with climate induced disasters particularly drought, flooding and cyclones with rising frequency and intensity. By the end of 2021, humanitarian stakeholders estimated that over 14 million people in the Horn of Africa were food insecure due to prolonged drought in a number of countries. This continues to have disproportionate impacts on women and the rural poor given the fact that they depend on fragile rainfed livelihood systems. In addition, the region continues to experience conflict leading to instability with estimates of about 4.7 million refugees and 14 million internally displaced by March 2021.  COVID 19 has exacerbated the humanitarian situation especially for women and girls but more so refugees, IDPs women, girls & far-to-reach communities, threatening to erode the gains on women’s empowerment. Thus, displaced women & girls have the highest vulnerability to economic and social risks; violence, limited access to social protection services and high rates of teen pregnancy.


To address some of these challenges particularly the negative impacts of COVID 19, UN Women has received funding that will support marginalized communities especially those in IDP and refugee camps to access and benefit from COVID 19 and other humanitarian interventions in Uganda and Somalia. To manage implementation of this new funding and other humanitarian initiatives, UN Women is seeking to hire a Programme Analyst Humanitarian and DRR.


Reporting to Humanitarian Specialist the Programme Analyst contributes to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the East and Southern African regional office by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian interventions.  The Programme Analyst guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes by monitoring and reporting of results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.  The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ personnel, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.     

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of humanitarian action  

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project concept notes, proposals and initiatives;
  • Identify opportunities, areas for support and intervention related to humanitarian programmes


Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the humanitarian programme

  • Coordinate the development of project workplans, tracking matrix and budget monitoring
  • Monitor implementation of humanitarian programme activities and projects;
  • Provide technical support to Country offices during call for proposals, procurement processes through reviews and feedback of critical documents
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of Country Offices financial and narrative semiannual and annual reports;
  • Organize training for UN Women and partners on Results Based Management and monitor implementation.


Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Provide technical advice, guidance, and tools to country offices to support effective implementation humanitarian activities
  • Build and manage relationships with partners and country offices to support implementation of humanitarian interventions
  • Conduct surveys and research to identify capacity building needs of Country Offices and partners and coordinate capacity building and training efforts.
  • Contribute to development of tools and strategies for capacity development of stakeholders and support in organizing and facilitating trainings


Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project

  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results based management tools;
  • Organize quarterly review meetings with project focal points to exchange and share information on current progress on implementation process and identify areas of support
  • Coordinate the development, consolidation, review, and submission of narrative reports to the donor focusing on results, outputs and outcomes
  • Support capacity development on quality reporting


Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the humanitarian programme

  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;


Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.
  • Support Country Offices to prepare for donor visits


Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on humanitarian action to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the region

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Humanitarian Specialist on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.
  • Participate in inter-agency coordination meetings as delegated


Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to humanitarian action
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge products, documentaries and best practices
  • Organize for knowledge sharing events and activities including knowledge exchange visits and south to south learning
  • Participate and contribute to UN Women humanitarian meetings and forums


Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality inputs to programme development
  • Timely and quality implementation of Programme/Portfolio/ activities against set workplans, timelines, and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality technical assistance
  • Quality and timely inputs to reporting
  • Strong relations with partners and stakeholders
  • Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism


Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example


Functional Competencies

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian action and programming in the region
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage



  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Experience in the in humanitarian and disaster risk reduction is required
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset.
  • Knowledge of results based management is an asset.


Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;


NOTE: The duration of the assignment is for 364 days. Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment, subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.

Please attach a completed P11 to your application. Kindly note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from .

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. 

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.) 

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