Programme Assistant - Energy and Low Carbon Development Projects

UNDP, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Under the overall guidance of the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development  Team Leader and direct supervision of the Programme analysts for Energy & Low Carbon Development, the Programme Assistant provides programme support services ensuring consistent high work towards attainment of planned programme results in terms of financial and substantive delivery.


The Programme Assistant works in close collaboration within the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development  team, and liaises with other units as necessary to facilitate information exchanged and contribute to the expedition of programme delivery.


                Duties and Responsibilities

                Summary of Key Functions:

  • Support to formulation and follow-up of implementation of projects;
  • Support to management and quality assurance for programmes in areas assigned;
  • Administrative support to the Programme Units;
  • Support to resource mobilization;
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Supports formulation and implementation of projects:
  • Collection, analysis and presentation of background information for preparation CPAP, AWP, projects effective application of RBM tools and establishment of management targets (BSC);
  • Acquisition of background information for formulation of country programme in areas assigned, draft project documents, work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements.
  1. Support to management and quality assurance for programmes in areas assigned:
  • Creation of a project in Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions, revision of project award and project status, determination of unutilized funds, operational and financial close of a project;
  • Provision of advice and guidance to implementing agencies on routine implementation of projects;
  • Presentation of information for audit of NEX projects, supports implementation of audit recommendations;
  • Support in the M & E, acquisition of progress reports (both financial and substantive) from IPs;
  • Provide the necessary support in the drafting of budget revisions;
  • Follow-up project implementation and ensure that fund advances are timely used and reported upon.
  1. Provides administrative support to the Programme Units, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Preparation of non-PO vouchers for development projects;
  • Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system that 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 check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers;
  • Creation of requisitions in Atlas for development projects, register of goods receipt in Atlas;
  • Making budget check for requisitions, POs and vouchers;
  • Verification of direct payment requests against the annual work plan and the budget, based on verification checklist.
  1. Supports resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Review of contributions agreement, managing contributions in Atlas;
  • Collection of relevant info for resource mobilisation.
  1. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Support in the preparation of project stories tin order to share knowledge on practices and enhance visibility;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


                Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:


Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of programme, managing data, reporting;
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new system, including new IT based systems;
  • Good knowledge of Results Management Guide and Toolkit

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

                Required Skills and Experience


  • University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences and related fields would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.


  • 2 years of relevant administrative or programme experience is required. 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.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and language of the duty station.


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