Programme Associate - Local Development Finance

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019

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  • Provides effective programme support to the management of the Local Development Finance (LDF) 
  • Administration and implementation of programme strategies, adapts processes and procedures
  • Administrative support to the LDF Management & Programme Colleagues
  • Support in creation & management of strategic partnerships & knowledge building and knowledge sharing
  • Presentation of thoroughly researched information for formulation of LDF programme, preparation of project documents’ drafts, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements. 
  • Initiation of a project, entering project into Atlas ( in small offices), preparation  of required budget revisions.
  • Provision of guidance to the field programme colleagues on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
  • Follow up on performance indicators/ success criteria, targets and milestones, preparation of reports.
  • Analysis of the situation in programme, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
  • Assist in preparation and conduct of audit of LDF projects, implementation of audit recommendations.
  • Provide programme and finance support and ensure full compliance of LDF programme operations with the UNCDF operational framework in line with the UN/UNDP rules, regulations and policies. 
  • Assist the LDF Deputy Director to resolve questions related to budgets and payments. 
  • Responsible for creation of requisitions in Atlas, approval and budget check process for requisitions
  • Follow up and review invoice from vendors and grant recipients according to the contracts, ensuring compliance.  
  • Create receipt, compile all supporting documents, and submit payment requests to the finance unit
  • Responsible for timely corrective actions on un-posted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers. 
  • Provide timely response to field programme colleagues’ requests to resolve financial data issues
  • Review and manage supporting documents for all programme related transactions in Atlas/ERP, SharePoint etc for compliance and uditing purposes.
  • Proper control of the supporting documents for payments, review of LDF projects Financial Reports.
  • Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas.
  • Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget ceck errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers. 
  • Assist in preparation and submission of quarterly travel plan, prepare adhoc travel request and exception requests; prepare flight reservation, visa application, security clearance, conference registration for LDF management & staff.
  • Provide guidance on all travel related matters, in consultation with MSU Travel colleagues and assist with preparation of travel request for staff and consultants.
  • Prepare expense report and file all supporting documents; follow up reconciliation of travel and expense report.
  • Assist in various LDF events in terms of event logistical support; liaise with programme analyst on event logistics and preparation.  
  • Complete procurement and finalize the agreement with vendors and follow up invoice.
  • Manage communication with the guests; monitor an track event budget/expenditures and responsible for any adhoc requests.
  • Analysis of information on donors, preparation of donor’s profile and    database, establishment of contacts with donor counterparts.
  • Track and reporting on mobilized resources.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme.
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in programme.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work;
  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow;
  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;
  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Technical/ Functional Competencies:

Subject Matter Expertise: 

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts related to digital innovation and regulation of financial inclusion

Knowledge Management: 

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

Project Management:

  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Relationship Management: 

  • Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.

Office Administration:

  • Ability to manage day-to-day office activities (including but not limited to travel management, facilities and asset management, policy and procedures maintenance) to meet operational needs.

Results Based Programming: 

  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work.


  • Secondary Education, preferably with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance;
  • University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political or Social Sciences or related fields would be highly desirable, but it is not a requirement.
  • Minimum six (6) years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level.
  • Candidates having Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, wll require a minimum of three years of relevant work experience.
  • Specialized training in office management and administration is highly desirable.
  • Experience with a UN organization/ agency is desirable.
  • Experience with ERP system ATLAS and UNDP Procurement Processes, Porgrammes & Policies etc is highly desired, but not a requirement.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English required

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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