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Associate Programme Officer(N), Kosti, Sudan
Organization: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Country: Sudan
Field location: Kosti
Office: UNHCR in Kosti

Closing date: Tuesday, 9 April 2024
Hardship Level: E (most hardship)

Family Type: Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type: Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable): Nairobi (CO), Kenya

Grade: NOB

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: National Professional Officer

Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted: No

Target Start Date: 2024-05-01

Job Posting End Date: April 9, 2024

Standard Job Description: Associate Programme Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Associate Programme Officer may be based in HQ, field/regional bureau, typically reporting to and be guided by the Program officer and may supervise a small team of local staff. He/she may refer to UNHCR’s Programme Manual (Chapter IV), UNHCR’s corporate and regional strategic priorities, operation plans and other relevant institutional rules and regulations for further guidance.

The Associate Programme Officer will provide programmatic guidance and support with regard to the implementation of protection and solutions strategies within available resources. S/he will coordinate with the other sections/units to ensure harmonized programmatic approaches at all levels and throughout the UNHCR Operations Management Cycle. The incumbent will work in line with the overall UNHCR directions which crucially require working with partners, including with persons of concern, governmental institutions and the private sector, ensuring that programme management is approached as per UNHCR’s Strategic Directions, Global Strategic Priorities (GSPs), Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), and corporate positions on SDGs.

The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the Program Management Cycle.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


 Support in assessing and analysing the needs of persons of concern in a participatory manner, using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective as basis for planning.
 Provide support on programmatic aspects of developing multi-year protection and solutions strategies and annual plans with corresponding priorities taking into account corporate priorities.

 Support Results Based Management and programme capacity in light of evolving requirements, programming approaches and gaps.

 Assist the planning process in compliance with planning parameters outlined in the Programme Manual and the planning instructions.
 Support the revision and analysis of plans, mid-year and year-end reports of UNHCR office(s) in the Area of Responsibility AoR), ensure quality assurance and compliance with established policies, guidelines, procedures and standards. 
 Assist in the provision of overall direction to broaden partnerships with key stakeholders in order to maximize the protection and solutions response for persons of concern.
 Provide support to ensure a consistent application of the framework for implementing with partners, including the effective implementation of the policy on selection and retention of partners, management of partnership agreements, risk-based project performance monitoring, and risk-based project audits, among others.
 Contribute to ensure consistent and coherent monitoring approaches, tools and systems across the region, in line with global standards and polices.
 Actively contribute to UNHCRs programming of community of practice and continuously contribute to improvements of programming tools and processes.

 Oversee a timely and effective follow-up of internal and external audits observations and recommendations that relate to programmatic issues.
 Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
 Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Economics; Business Administration; Social Sciences;

or other relevant field.

Certificates and/or Licenses

Programme Management

Certification Programme in Programme Management (CP-PM)

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Demonstrated experience in programme management including familiarization with the OMC and sound knowledge of Results Based-Management. Demonstrated experience in field operations, sound knowledge on the centrality of protection in programming, Joint Needs Assessments and the principles of targeting.


Demonstrated experience in coordination within an inter-agency context and other actors, in a refugee or humanitarian context. Sound experience in program management training and capacity building activities.

Functional Skills

MG-Project Management

PG-Results-Based Management

PG-UNHCR’s Programmes

PG-Stakeholder management and coordination with Implementing Partners (Gov/NGO/Corporate)

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile: Nature of the position

The Associate Program Officer will be based in Sub Office Kosti and reports to the Program Officer. The incumbent will provide programmatic support regarding the implementation of multiyear strategic plan within available resources. S/he will coordinate with the other sections/units to ensure harmonized programmatic approaches at all levels and throughout the UNHCR Operations Management Cycle. The incumbent will work in line with the overall UNHCR directions which require working with partners, persons of concern and governmental institutions, ensuring that programme management is approached as per UNHCR’s Strategic Priorities, corporate positions and planning guidelines/policies.

The candidate should have good analytical, reporting and communication skills including coordination with external stakeholders such as NGOs, government, and UN Agencies. He/She shall support the unit supervisor in planning, monitoring, and reporting tasks by drafting and reviewing project plans, budgets, and reports, drafting operational plans, and managing partnership agreements with wide range of stakeholders.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the multi-functional teams, sector leads, partners, and beneficiaries to ensure participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of program management cycle.

Desired Candidate Profile: Demonstrated knowledge of UN/UNHCR financial rules and policies.

Ability to produce results within short deadlines.

Excellent report writing and analysis skills in both narrative and financial form.

Good understanding of and experience in planning and budgeting processes with wide range of stakeholders

Proven experience in project design and management in refugees and IDP operations and/or context.

Previous experience in application of results-based program management approaches in UNHCR, UN and NGO projects implementation.

Previous experience in managing partnership agreements, MoUs with wide range of stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Experience in conducting capacity building trainings to partners and stakeholders on program management subjects.

Knowledge of and the use of planning and budgeting tools/software’s/applications such as Cloud ERP, Compass, Power BI, and computer packages such as word, excel, access.

Experience in planning and conducting needs assessments involving wide range of stakeholders and beneficiaries.

A good team player with the ability to work with colleagues from diverse background and may supervise lower-level staff.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):: ,


Desired languages: ,


Operational context: Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:: Nature of Position:: Living and Working Conditions:: Additional Qualifications: Skills

MG-Project Management, PG-Results-Based Management, PG-Stakeholder management and coordination with Implementing Partners (Gov/NGO/Corporate), PG-UNHCR’s Programmes


Bachelor of Arts (BA): Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Economics, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Law, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Social ScienceCertifications

CP-PM Certification Programme for Programme Management – UNHCR, Programme Management – OtherWork Experience

Competencies: Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing resource, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Teamwork & collaboration

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Compendium: Additional Information: Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance


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