National Programme Associate

  • Added Date: Monday, 14 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 26 June 2021

he United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UNโ€™s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNDP has an important role in supporting health outcomes by supporting countries to address the social, cultural and economic determinants of HIV and health, in partnership with UN entities and other organizations. This is done through UNDPโ€™s core work in reducing inequalities and social exclusion that drive HIV and poor health, promoting effective and inclusive governance for health, and building resilient and sustainable systems for health. UNDP also contributes through its coordinating and convening role in bringing together multiple partners and resources at national and local levels.

As a trusted, long-term partner of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund, GF), UNDPโ€™s value proposition lies in providing an integrated package of development solutions to strengthen institutions to deliver health services. Through its contributions as interim Principal Recipient (PR) and provider of technical assistance in over 53 countries since 2003, UNDPโ€™s provision of integrated policy, implementation and capacity development support to countries has yielded significant health and development results in challenging operating environments. Proactive risk management and investing in sustainability are the cornerstones of UNDPโ€™s portfolio management approach and providing technical assistance to national counterparts during all phases of implementation, strengthening legislation, policies and regulatory frameworks, and building capacities across key functional areas, including financial management, health information systems, procurement and supply chain management. The Global Fund โ€“ Health Implementation Support Team, HIV, Health and Development Group, Bureau of Programme and Policy Support, Global Policy Network (GF/HIST) is a dedicated team providing support to UNDP Country Offices implementing health and development programmes. ย 
UNDP has been identified by the GF as the interim PR for the Pakistan HIV grant for the implementation period 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2023. For effective implementation of the Global Fund resources, UNDP Pakistan has established a Program Management Unit (PMU), which is responsible for the day-to-day overall programme management, risk management, policy guidance, financial accountability, procurement of goods, including health products and services, strengthening of the national systems. The GF resources are implemented in accordance with UNDP rules, policies and procedures, the grant confirmation, corporate agreements with the GF and in close coordination with the national and provincial stakeholders, Common Management Unit, Sub-recipients (SRs) and Sub-sub-Recipients (SSRs), NGOs, CSOs, communities, technical partners, UN entities and the Global Fund (Local Fund Agent) and Country Coordinating Mechanism. ย 

Under direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, the Programme Associate is responsible for assisting with planning, capacity building and support the overall implementation of the programme. This will be done in accordance with UNDP rules, policies and procedures, the grant agreement, and corporate agreements with the GF, and working in partnership with provincial and national stakeholders, Sub-recipients (SRs) and Sub-sub-Recipients (SSRs) and close coordination with the GF (including Local Fund Agent), CCM technical partners and UN entities and the GF/HIST.

Support to the planning, implementation, management and oversight to the Global Fund grant, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Supports the Programme Specialist in the planning, implementation, management and oversight of the various implementing partners;
  • Supporting in the elaboration of budget reviews and timely and quality reprogramming requests to the Global Fund;
  • Supports the Programme Specialist in providing programmatic and financial quality assurance in the implementation of Global Fund grant; ย 
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, presentations and other written materials from oral instructions and written communication as directed by the Programme Specialist; ย 
  • Supports the coordination of review meetings with implementing partners;
  • Supports the preparation of information for audits, SRs audits, annual and semester programmatic reports as well as end-of-grant reports;
  • Supports the Programme Specialist to track the implementation of the workplan and budget, including, support to SRs and SSRs to prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual workplans and budgets based on the DIP and monitor the timely implementation of the activities;
  • Undertakes spot checks, including on approved training plans to ensure compliance, support the maintenance of a training database and participate in the assessment of the effectiveness of the trainings;
  • Supports the review of quarterly and other reports submitted by SRs, document observations noted in the review, provide feedback to partners, and follow up to ensure their implementation;
  • Participates in the development of appropriate data collection tools and M&E templates;
  • Supports implementing partners to develop work plans and budgets, as well as prepare quarterly and annual reports for tracking programme expenditures, performance and quality services;
  • Assists the Programme Specialist in responding to general inquiries from the Global Fund (LFA), on both programme issues; and
  • Provides regular technical support and on-the-job training to SRs on GF specific programmatic and financial management requires in order to ensure compliance and accountability for results and resources.ย 

Provides programmatic support focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensures the creation of requisitions in Atlas for all travel and procurement planned; ย 
  • Maintains the filing system to ensure safekeeping of confidential materials and proper record keeping;
  • Analyses information on implementing partners and preparation of implementing partnersโ€™ profile and database;
  • Provides administrative support for the preparation and facilitation of project events, including workshops and trainings;
  • Assists in the development of materials for meetings, presentations, and workshops; and
  • Assist in the compilation, analysis, and summarizing programme data and generate the required charts and tables to inform decision making.

Ensures facilitation of capacity building and knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Supports the Programme Specialist in the entire process for SRsโ€™ application, assessment and appraisals through development of necessary documents and guidelines for call for proposals and taking part in review panels and producing reports on SRs assessment and selection processes;
  • Supports SRs on the identification and implementation of strategies to be put in place to facilitate the results achievement and budget execution in accordance with the action plans and within established budgets;
  • Supports development and implementation of capacity development and transition plans and mechanisms and supports training activities;
  • Supports development of communications (print, video) highlighting key programme achievements, dissemination of best practices, and lessons learnt and contributes to information sharing with the implementing partners; ย 
  • Contributes to knowledge networks and communities of practice; and
  • Identifyand formulate lessons learned and document best practices from evaluations and studies to be integrated into project reports.

The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with โ€œSocial and Environmental Standards of UNDPโ€.
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc

Any other tasks assigned by the Programme Specialist.


Core Competencies: ย 
Ability to make new and useful ideas workย ย  ย 
Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs

Ability to persuade others to followย ย  ย 
Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfactionย ย  ย 
Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transformย ย  ย 
Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation

Ability to get things doneย ย  ย 
Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value

Technical/Functional Compentencies:ย 
Primaryย ย  ย 
Health and Development
Understanding and practical experience of issues related to health and development social determinants of health and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situationsย ย ย  Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Monitoring and Evaluation
Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations ย ย  ย 
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Project Management
Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols and to achieve specific goalsย ย  ย 
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Capacity Development
Ability to strengthen and maintain the capabilities of individuals, societies, organizations and governments to set and achieve development objectives over timeย ย  ย 
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationshipsย ย  ย 
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Gender Sensitivityย ย ย 

  • Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work
  • Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation.

Secondary ย ย ย  ย 
Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledgeย ย  ย 
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work



  • Bachelorโ€™s degree in business administration, or public administration, economics, social / human sciences in addition to 03 years of relevant experience OR
  • High school diploma in addition to 06 years of relevant experience


  • Minimum of 06 years of progressively experience responsible in programme management of health and development projects with a High School degree, OR 03 years of progressively experience responsible in programme management of health and development projects after a bachelorโ€™s degree.
  • Experience working with NGOs in the areas of HIV is an asset.
  • Work experience with national or provincial health department is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UN or UNDP rules, policies and procedures, is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Global Fundโ€™s rules, policies and procedures and reporting, is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing effective partnerships with government and civil society organizations. ย 
  • Usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
  • Knowledge of the project management tools is an asset.

Language requirements:ย ย  ย 
Proficient in verbal and written English and a local language.

Please Note:
HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts

"UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)โ€.

Contract Duration: 1 year with possinility of extension

This vacancy is archived.

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