Programme Associate at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Lusaka, Full Time

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Location: Zambia
State: Lusaka
Job type: Full-Time
Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Zambia

Job Description

BACKGROUND
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.
As the recently elected New Dawn Government together with its Cooperating Partners including UNDP Zambia move into 2022, and advance further into the Decade of Action with only 8 years left to achieve the SDGs, the world and individual countries are still grappling with COVID-19 response and socio-economic recovery. In this context, as it develops its new Country Programme Document (CPD), UNDP Zambia revisits its approach to programming and delivery to ensure constant relevance and effectiveness in supporting the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) to address key issues and most important priorities, while concurrently exploring innovative and creative ways to accelerate the achievement of the objectives set out in intertwined Agendas 2030, 2063 and the finalized 8th National Development Plan (8NDP) using a strategic approach to planning resulting in an efficient and effective delivery of the Country Programme to promote sustainable human development.
Against this backdrop and building upon the lessons learnt over the past months, UNDP Zambia is strengthening its Governance and Gender Cluster to rollout the vision of repositioning its CO programme through an optimized planning exercise to ensure smooth and accelerated delivery that delivers on UNDP mandate in Zambia. Governance and Gender is one of three pillars of the Programme Unit along with the Inclusive Growth and SDGs and the Environment Energy and Climate Change Clusters. Each cluster is headed by a Programme Specialist, Head of Unit and supported by a Programme Analyst and a Programme Associate in addition to the personnel of projects under each pillar.
Position Purpose
The Programme Associate supports the Assistant Resident Representative Governance & Gender and the Unit to ensure the achievement of the country programme results and provision of thought leadership and strategic positioning on gender & governance issues. S/he supports contributes to the CO efforts to ensure the achievement of the country programme results and provision of thought leadership and strategic positioning on good governance and gender issues, including digitalization (e-govenance), public sector reforms, institutional strengthening and universal access to effective, efficient, accountable and transparent service delivery, rule of law, conflict prevention and human rights, participatory and inclusive democracy, decentralization and cross thematic considerations on SDG acceleration, women/youth empowerment.
S/he provides administrative, logistical and technical support to the Head of Unit Governance and Gender to help drive integration of work at all levels, from overall direction setting to ideas generation, design, implementation and further on to reporting, partnerships and communication. Success in achieving results in this portfolio is reliant on robust national and international partnerships. The Programme Associate contributes to strengthening partnerships and resource mobilization through regular analysis of information on donors, preparation of donors profile and database.  This includes tracking and maintaining contacts for key stakeholders including government, private sector and civil society.
Key Duties and Accountabilities
Ensure administration and implementation of programme strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:

Presentation of thoroughly researched information for preparation of Common Country Analysis (CCA), UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), Country Programme Document (CPD), project documents, Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and other documents, effective application of RBM tools