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Assistant Programme Officer

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Harare, Zimbabwe

Description :

Organizational Context
The incumbent will be the head of Programme Unit and will be supervised by the Representative of the operation. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the Assistant Programme Officer. S/he is also expected to stay abreast of the challenges posed to the region by the political context, the UN and humanitarian reform and institutional developments.

The incumbent is required to have basic conceptual knowledge of profession, be dynamic and able to take higher responsibilities progressively. S/he is supervised, coached and guided by the supervisor. The incumbent does not normally have direct supervisory role over other staff. However, it rests upon the supervisor of the post to make time specific arrangements subject to a given situation.

External contacts are predominantly with persons on subject matters of importance to Organization’s programme (e.g. counterparts in other organizations or at working level in national Governments).

The needs of persons of concern in the country are assessed and analysed in a participatory manner using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for planning; Partnership Agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures.

Provide inputs for the country operations plan (including budgets, staffing levels and structures) as well as prepare inputs for funding submissions, appeals and reports; Enforce compliance with UNHCR’s global strategies, protocols and guidelines.

Through a consultative process within the country and field visits, stay involved in the development of the strategies, methodologies, contingency plans that respond to new and emerging operational challenges for the country; Provide inputs for developing the country operations plan for overall compliance with global strategic priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual programming/planning instructions; Organize a consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the organization’s criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and operational partners; Assist in managing the development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices and the development of partner capacities; Undertake proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze UNHCR’s performance, trends and target interventions; Undertake field visits to evaluate and improve the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of assistance projects; Assist in implementing the establishment of sound monitoring processes, in reviewing final reports and on progress in order to advise on any corrective actions required or the need for additional resources to reach planned target levels; Apply UNHCR’s corporate tools (e.g. Global Focus, Focus Client) to record data and assess the technical soundness of the operation and generate data for evidence-based decisions at the country-level; Assist in keeping donor representatives briefed on developments and assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports; Assist in monitoring compliance to the organization’s resource allocation framework, providing support and taking corrective action where required; Assist in ensuring compliance in issuance of audit certificates for Implementing Partners; Monitor the implementation of IP Risk Management techniques and tools; Performs other duties as required.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required
Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Social Science or related field; Previous job experience: At least 1 year of previous job experience relevant to the function; Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

Desirable Qualifications and Competencies
Completion of specific training relevant to functions of the position; Knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes; Knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes (MSRP, Focus, etc.); Computer skills (in MS office); Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations and functions relating to office administration and programme activities.

How to apply

NB: Qualified Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.
Internal Candidates: Applicants should consult the UNHCR Policy and Procedures on Assignment of Locally recruited Staff (PPAL) and submit an application letter to the Address provided below
External Candidates: An Application Letter, together with a Personal History Form which can be downloaded from the UNHCR website ( should be sent to:

Physical Address: The Representative, UNHCR Harare, Block 8 Arundel Office Park, Norfolk Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Postal Address: The Representative, P.O. Box 4565, Harare, Zimbabwe

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for written and oral interviews.

NB: UNHCR does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Deadline: 30 November 2018

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