Programme Associate, Spotlight Technical Unit - (open to Nationals only)

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Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline :24-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :GS-6
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :one year (with possibility of extension based on performance)
Expected Duration of Assignment :one year (with possibility of extension based on performance)


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 Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. It was launched in September 2017 by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and the European Union (EU) High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). It is a visible political and financial investment from the EU in the multilateral relationship with the UN and in gender equality. The Spotlight Initiative in Africa will be implemented in 8 countries (Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe).  The focus for the African initiative is GBV, SRHR and Harmful Practices (HP). Six UN agencies namely, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women are participating in the Spotlight Initiative.

Reporting to the Spotlight Initiative Technical Coordinator, the Programme Associate works with and provides support to the members of the Spotlight Technical Team in the development and implementation of effective programmes consistent with UN Women rules and regulations.  S/he contributes to research, financial management, and programme implementation including providing necessary operational, administrative and programmatic support. The Programme Associate works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the participating UN agencies as required for resolving complex finance-related issues and exchange of information.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide administrative and logistical support to the formulation and management of Spotlight Initiative programmes by RUNOs:

  • Provide administrative support in the preparation of programme work plans, budgets, and proposals on programme implementation arrangements;
  • Provide technical guidance to the Zimbabwe Spotlight Intiative Technical team and executing agencies on routine delivery and reporting of programme supported activities and finances;  
  • Review programme data from programmes/ projects for the Spotlight Initiative website;
  • Identify sources and gather and compile data and information for the preparation of documents, guidelines, speeches and position papers.

2. Provide administrative support to the Spotlight Technical Unit:

  • Undertake all logistical, administrative and financial arrangements for organization for meetings, workshops, events, and missions in close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and participating UN agencies;
  • Make travel arrangements for the Spotlight Initiative Technical Team joint activities; 
  • Prepare public information materials and briefing packets; 
  • Assemble briefing materials and prepare power-point and other presentations;

3. Support the monitoring and reporting of the programme:

  • Identify/monitor risks that could interfere with programme delivery; design mitigation measures;
  • Support the process of monitoring the overall programme implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools in close collaboration with the Knowledge Management/M&E Specialist and team of M&E specialists across pillars and team of Finance Officers;
  • Contribute to the production of consolidated AWP and annual reports
  • Coordinate the production and dissemination of consolidated results of the joint programme based on progress reports prepared by RUNOs.

4. Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Provide administrative support synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices related to programme implementation, management and finance;
  • Provide administrative support to the organization of training for the Technical team and partners on programme and operations related issues.


Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and accurate support to events, workshops, and missions;
  • Full compliance of administrative activities of the SI Technical Unit with UN Women rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Timely recording of Spotlight Technical Unit finances;
  • Timely and accurate tracking of data for UNCT management and donor purposes;
  • Quality maintenance of internal systems.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:


Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of programme management;
  • Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions;
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats;
  • Ability to manage data, documents, correspondence and reports information and workflow;
  • Strong financial and budgeting skills;
  • Strong IT skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, public health or related field
  • A diploma or certificate in project management, Business or Public Administration is an asset.


  • At least 6 years of progressively responsible experience that combines programming in the area of gender equality and women’s rights with administration or programme management/support;
  • Experience in working in a computer environment using multiple office software packages;
  • Experience with the UN is an asset;
  • Experience in the use of ATLAS is an asset;
  • Experience in supporting a team.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and a local language is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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.

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