Programme Specialist

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020

In accordance with the organizational mandate and national development priorities of Ukraine, the United Nations Population Fund implements a country programme of technical assistance to Ukraine for 2018-2022. The programme focuses on the needs of adolescent girls, young people with disabilities and those who have suffered from armed conflict, as well as key populations for HIV prevention. The programme is aimed at contributing to strengthening the national and subnational partnership frameworks for reducing gender inequalities in social, economic and political spheres of life, as well as strengthening national gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response mechanisms, including in humanitarian settings.
Alongside this development work, UNFPA is implementing its three-year GBV Prevention and Response Programme, which aims at strengthening the national gender-based violence prevention and response systems through (i) development and implementation of the national and local legal, policy and regulatory frameworks for multi-sectoral response to GBV; (ii) building institutional capacity, especially at the regional/local level, to comprehensively address GBV cases and prevent future acts of violence; (iii) raising awareness on GBV in the society to reduce tolerance towards GBV within communities; promoting public-private partnerships to address and sustainably fund GBV prevention and response, at the national and community level.
Starting  from September 2018, the Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and FAO on “EU Support to the East of Ukraine – Recovery, Peacebuilding and Governance”, funded by the European Union, has been implemented in conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine (GCA). It aims to contribute to peace, economic revitalisation and reconciliation in Eastern Ukraine through social and economic recovery, with special focus on Government Controlled Areas (GCAs) of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts as well as along the Azov Sea coastline, including extension to Zaporizhzhya region.
UNFPA jointly with other participating UN Agencies supports the implementation of programme component “Community Security and Social Cohesion”. It enhances civil society contribution to local development with focus on security and justice service provision, making sure that people in the conflict-affected areas (including internal displaced persons) have capacities for and access to participatory decision-making and budgeting mechanisms for community security and access to justice at the local and oblast levels. Starting from October 2019, UNFPA joined partner UN agencies in implementation of programme component “Economic Recovery and Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, by contributing to the expected result that provision of technical and vocational training including skill development for adults' re-deployment is of increasing quality and adjusted to local labour market demands.

Organizational context:
Under the supervision of the Senior Regional Coordinator in the East, the Programme Specialist Specialist organizes and manages daily activities and tasks related to implementation of UNFPA activities under component 2 “Economic Recovery and Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises” of the Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and FAO “EU Support to the East of Ukraine – Recovery, Peacebuilding and Governance” by ensuring delivery of all planned results. He/she will be responsible for contributing to the achievements of project`s objectives and quality management throughout the programme life cycle.
He/She works in a client, quality and results-oriented manner in close collaboration with all programme personnel, implementing partners (IPs), different units of UNFPA Country Office (CO), personnel of other UN Agencies and partners to exchange information and to ensure smooth programme functioning in line with the approved work plan, indicators and milestones.


  • In line with approved work plans and results framework (RRF), coordinates UNFPA project component implementation, all envisioned events and activities at the south of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions of Eastern Ukraine ensuring delivery of all planned results;
  • Acts as UNFPA technical focal point for the Component 2 of UN Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and FAO on “EU Support to the East of Ukraine – Recovery, Peacebuilding and Governance” with responsibility to ensure implementation of component project activities on the ground according to the approved work plan;  liaise and interacts with all relevant project partners at the regional level on all matters related to the component project implementation in the assigned regions within the project and beyond it;
  • Contributes to project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and knowledge management as well as to ensuring project visibility;
  • Analyzes the project implementation and provide regular updates to the project management and UNFPA office on project implementation highlighting progress, bottlenecks and possible solution;
  • Supervises, provides necessary support and ensures that implementing partner of UNFPA within the component fully share vision of the project’s objectives, timelines and deliverables;
  • Liaises and interacts with the implementing partner at the local level, on all matters related to the project implementation for the timely, successful and efficient implementation of all activities planned under the project component;
  • Contributes to establishing or strengthening partnerships with respective local government authorities, non-government actors, UN agencies to ensure effective coordination and cooperation;
  • On behalf of UNFPA ensures adequate communication, flow of information and technical expertise between the relevant local and international partners;
  • In consultation with supervisor prepares, updates, implements and monitors the calendar activity plan for the project component based on the approved annual work plan(s);
  • Analyzes the project implementation, identifies possible implementation obstacles and suggests solutions, reports on the output delivery to supervisor and CO management, project and operations staff, in their areas of competence;
  • Reports on all matters of project implementation and provides weekly updates for project component implementation highlighting progress, bottle necks and solutions;
  • Conducts weekly skype meetings with supervisor and relevant staff members engaged in implementation of UN Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and FAO on “EU Support to the East of Ukraine – Recovery, Peacebuilding and Governance”;
  • Ensures visibility of the programme implementation through public relations, advocacy, working with the mass media and other communications activities;
  • Substantially contributes to drafting of progress reports required by donors and UNFPA, provide regular updates/briefs as required by UNFPA;
  • Contributes to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the CO, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination;
  • Carries out any other duties as may be required by supervisor and UNFPA country office management.

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results;
  • Being accountable;
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen;
  • Thinking analytically and strategically;
  • Working in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationships;
  • Communicating for impact.

Functional Competencies:

  • Managing the organization’s financial resources;
  • Providing procurement services;
  • Ensuring facilities and assets management;
  • Providing logistical support;
  • Managing data;
  • Managing documents, correspondence and reports;
  • Managing information and work flow;
  • Planning, organizing and multitasking;
  • Supporting financial data analysis.

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus;
  • Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders;
  • Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance;
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment.


  • Exemplifying integrity;
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN System;
  • Embracing cultural diversity;
  • Embracing change.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Economics, Public Administration, Human Rights Law, Social Sciences including Gender Studies, Political Science, International Relations, or other relevant studies for UNFPA`s mandate.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in project management, project coordination and implementation services or related field preferably in the international organization;
  • Familiarity with UN procedures and working methods, particularly with UNFPA agenda, policies and procedures is a plus; Knowledge about the UN and humanitarian coordination structures would be an advantage;
  • Solid experience in writing functional specifications would be an asset;
  • Working experience in projects funded by international donors is desirable;
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet, e-mail applications, etc.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, Ukrainian and Russian is required.

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Contract Duration: 6 months with possible extension

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