UNDP Jobs – Project Assistant at United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kampala, Uganda

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global
development network.  UNDP advocates for
change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help
people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant
support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on
assistance to the least developed countries.
Pulse is an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General,
established to harness today’s new world of digital data and real-time analytics
to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse
aims to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes
it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world’s
most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks. Global
Pulse is being implemented as a global network of Pulse Labs, bringing together
expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to
research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for harnessing real-time
data for more effective and efficient policy action.
United Nations Pulse Lab:
Nations Pulse Lab Kampala (PLK) is an inter-agency initiative of the United
Nations under the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Uganda that fully
commenced operations in December 2013. The first of its kind in East Africa,
PLK supports the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) by bringing together
partners from academia and the private sector to collaboratively develop new approaches
on data innovation for sustainable development.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offers technical support for programming processes to
    be are carried out in conformity with UNDP standards and policies;
  • Supports the orderly operation of the project
    activities, in line with established procedures and within established
  • Supports the management of the project budgets;
    Co-ordinate with other staff on related issues during preparation of
    budget reports.
  • Provides guidance for the preparation, delivery and
    review of project reports, letters and other documents related to the
  • Works in liaison with UNDP and RCO to support
    administrative and human resource processes according to UN rules and
  • Liaise with UNDP and RCO to support recruitment, and
    payment and procurement of project personnel and services;
  • Liaise with UNDP and RCO to coordinate asset management
    including ensuring the safekeeping of office property, annual physical
    inventory, preparing reports and cost analysis, and recommending
    replacement/disposal of equipment and supplies;
  • Technically supports the implementation of a
    communications strategy to advance project impact and sustainability;
  • Liaise with administrative staff to ensure general
    office management, including cleaning services and the procurement,
    maintenance and repair of equipment and supplies;
  • Supports arrangements for meetings, workshops,
    trainings, seminars and visitors etc., including coordination of support
    for protocol matters and travel arrangements (i.e. airline tickets, visas,
    hotels, daily subsistence allowance, and vehicle maintenance).
  • Undertakes any other activities required for the
    fulfillment of the mandate of the post.
Skills and Experience:
  • The United Nations UNDP Project Assistant should hold a
    Bachelor’s degree in Development Social or Economic Studies and
    specialized studies on Project management; MSc on Project Management will
    be an asset. 
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience on
    programme and operations implementation.
  • Past experience working with UNDP will be an asset.
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Proficiency in Microsoft
    applications including Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Project.
  • Language and
    IT Skills:
    Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Core Competencies:
Professionalism: Ability to
perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme,
human resources, database management, etc.
to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and
human resources rules and regulations in work situations.
to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation
and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively
with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely
valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places
team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final
group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for
team shortcomings.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear
goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority
activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates
appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks
and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and
actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Functional Competencies:
  • Working knowledge of United Nations Rules and
    Regulations relating to procurement and administration;
  • Possess the ability to perform work of confidential
    nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Good working knowledge of administrative rules and
  • Excellent IT skills, knowledge of ATLAS;
  • Ability to provide input to business processes
    re-engineering, implementation of new systems;
  • Ability to supervise and train support staff;
  • Leadership and Self-Management;
  • Excellent computer skills (including finance and
    administration systems);
  • Possess the ability to maintain a variety of complex
    records and to prepare reports from such Records;
  • Excellent communication, documentation and presentation
is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality
and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons
with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be
treated with the strictest confidence.
to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United
Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should
endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review
job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
27th March 2015
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