Senior Programme Associate, GS7, Fixed Term Appointment, based in Surkhet,…


Senior Programme Associate, GS7, Fixed Term Appoi…

Senior Programme Associate, GS7…


Key Skills: Budgeting Financial Management Presentations Resource Mobilization Quantitative Data

Senior Programme Associate, GS7, Fixed Term Appointment, based in Surkhet, Nepal

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Level : Mid Level
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 1 ]
Employment Type : Full Time
Job Location : Kathmandu
Apply Before(Deadline) : Jul. 13, 2024 23:30 (1 day, 13 hours ago)

Job Specification

Education Level : Under Graduate (Bachelor)
Experience Required : Not Required
Professional Skill Required : Budgeting Financial Management Presentations Resource Mobilization Quantitative Data

About the job

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, future

The position is based in Surkhet which covers Karnali Province of UNICEF Nepal Country Office. The office provides financial and technical support to the provincial and local governments and coordinates with key government authorities as well as other development

partners to synergize programme objectives to improve children’s wellbeing and bring sustained results. The position receives technical support and guidance from the Chief of Field Office and Finance section team in the Country Office.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Chief of field office, the Senior Programme Associate performs technical and administrative functions for the flow of UNICEF’s cash assistance to project and monitoring effective utilization of the assistance. Provides support for management of organization’s resources and works with other program officers for the preparation of work plans and project documents.

Summary of Key Functions of the Senior Programme Associate will be as follows:

Support to programme development, planning and execution

  • Researches, analyzes, verifies, synthesizes and compiles qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources on subject matters relevant to the work of the province office to facilitate preparation of reports, working papers and presentations.
  • Drafts project documents, work plans, budgets, and proposals on implementation arrangements.
  • Carries out transactions in VISION ensuring alignment with programme results, activities and programme coding are as per annual work plans (AWPs)and Field Office contribution plans and makes amendments and alterations as and when necessary.
  • Coordinates with program implementing partners including government counterparts and NGO partners as well as program/project officers for ensuring effective and timely utilization of cash assistance and compliance with Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) assurance policies and activities.
  • Serve as the focal person for program management indicators for the Field office, ensuring accuracy, promptness and appropriateness of information and reports to the Chief of Field Office.

Support to monitoring and reporting of programme results

  • Prepares monitoring and reporting information for supervisor on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results.
  • Monitors financial expenditures of province field office, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up.
  • Collects, registers and maintains information on project activities by reviewing reports and through first-hand sources. Undertakes periodical field visits with government, NGOs and UNICEF staff members for monitoring programme effectiveness and efficiency as well as for capacity building of government counterparts and NGO partners.
  • Contributes to the preparation of status and progress reports by providing information, preparing tables and drafting selected sections of it. Prepares background material for use in discussions and briefing sessions.
  • Monitors project/programme funds and grants aligned with annual workplan activities for the field office by reviewing a variety of records, including activities by reviewing a variety of records, including control plans, progress reports, project inputs, budgets and financial expenditures, including VISION and other organizational tools.
  • Serves as the focal person to provide support in conducting audits, spot checks, and micro assessments of partners for the field office.

Support in resource mobilization

  • Performs budget focal person role for field Office including monitoring of grants, fund allocations as per programme results areas for timely utilization of funds and reporting of expenditures and contribute to donor reporting.
  • Monitors budget of province office, analyze budgetary information in VISION and other organizational tools and keep supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow-up.
  • Researches, analyzes, verifies, and synthesizes data and information in support of preparing reports pertaining to donors (both current and potential).
  • Researches, analyzes, verifies, and synthesizes data and information to assist in the preparation of periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to province office to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds.
  • Carries out transactions in VISION pertaining to grants for his/her province office such as tracking expiring programme grants and monitoring of open commitments.

Support in knowledge management and capacity building

  • Supports capacity development activities related to performance monitoring, programme development, and related internal UNICEF systems/tools by preparing training materials and participating on exercises pertaining to programme processes and procedures which aim to build capacity of stakeholders.
  • Researches, analyzes, verifies and synthesizes information on best practices and lessons learnt to support knowledge development and capacity building.

Perform Other Duties As Required

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


The following minimum requirements:

Completion of secondary education is required.


University degree (Bachelor’s) in accounting, financial management, business administration/business studies is desirable.

Work Experience

For a candidate with secondary education only, a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in administrative, accounting or financial management work, of which at least one or two years closely related to support of programme activities.

For a candidate with bachelor’s degree is required to have a minimum four years of progressively responsible experience in administrative, accounting, or financial management duties including one or two years closely related to support of programme activities.

Additional Technical Skills

  • Knowledge of planning, budgeting and experience in monitoring of programme effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Additional experience in facilitation of trainings, financial monitoring, planning and report writing is desirable.
  • Knowledge of government planning and financial management systems will be an asset.
  • Experience of working in development sector in collaboration with provincial and local governments and civil society organizations on administrative and financial management will be desirable.
  • Good knowledge of working with computers is a must.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Nepali language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF Competencies Required For This Post Are…

  • Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

NOTE: Qualified female candidates and candidates from under-represented ethnic group are strongly encouraged to apply.

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