Programme Associate

Advertised on behalf of :

Application Deadline :30-May-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year (renewable)
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year (renewable)

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.

In Cameroon, UN Women is implementing its New Strategic Note for the period 2022-2026, which focuses on four impact areas (Governance and Participation in Public Life; Economic Empowerment and Resilience; Ending Violence Against Women and Girls; Peace and Security, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction). This Strategic Note is operationalized through Biennial work plans.

Specific to Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) and livelihoods component, UN Women Cameroon CO has been funded to provide technical assistance to cooperative management and administration, through training. UN Women also seeks to Improve the productivity and reduce time and labor burdens of women, promote opportunities for women farmers to participate in, and move up the green value chain, develop entrepreneurship , to help women generate livelihoods and improve their economic status.

Reporting to the Programme Coordinator WEE, the Programme Associate provides programme support to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the Cameroon CO by contributing in the programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  The Programme Associate supports the delivery of UN Women programmes by analyzing results achieved during implementation and supporting appropriate application of systems and procedures. The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Women Economic Empowerment

Provide technical inputs to the design and formulation of programme and project proposals and initiatives

2. Provide technical support to the implementation and management of the WEE programme and livelihoods

  • Provide inputs to the annual workplan and budget as required;
  • Support Coordination and monitoring of the implementation of programme activities;
  • Support Coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Provide support in identifying the various support needs of women's cooperatives and support the implementation of activities with UN Women partners
  • Provide training to partners including women's cooperatives

3. Provide technical assistance and capacity development support to project and programme partners

  • Provide technical support to and technically oversee the implementation of programme activities with partners and beneficiaries.
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and beneficiaries  and coordinate and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners and beneficiaries as needed.

4. Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme and project

  • Support to Monitor progress on programme activity, results and indicators;
  • Support to Monitor the implementation of proposals by responsible partners;
  • Provide inputs to quarterly reports, donor reports and other reports on outputs, results outputs and outcomes.

5. Contribute to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
  • Provide inputs to relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles.

6. Provide inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Provide technical inputs to background documents, briefs and presentations related to Women Economic Empowerment and livelihoods
  • Coordinate and support the organization of advocacy activities and campaigns events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Provide inputs to the development of knowledge management products on WEE 

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality inputs to programme design
  • Timely and quality inputs to workplans and budgets
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances
  • Timely organization of events
  • Number of knowledge products developed


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

  • Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of Livelihoods and WEE

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/ women’s studies, international development, or a related field is required
  • Certificate in project management and RBM is an asset would be an added advantage.


  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in programme/project implementation,  monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Professional experience in gender, women's rights, economic and social development issues;
  • Good mastery of ERP systems
  • Experience in the Women Economic Empowerment and livelihoods areas is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors.
  • Working experience with the United Nations System is an asset

Language Requirements:

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



All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Diversity and inclusion:

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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