Programme Support Specialist

Programme Support Specialist

International Specialist
Host entity
Location, Country
Accra (GHA)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
01 December 2021
12 months
Application deadline
Description of task

Under the direct supervision of Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide the needed RCO support to the Programme Team in the planning and implementation of its work plan.

  • Provide support to relevant Inter-Agency Working groups to mainstream UN programming principles into the Joint Work Plans and reporting

  • Provide substantive support towards the administration of UNINFO and support the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in reporting of results.

  • Support in research and analysis on various SDG-related matters as well as major and emerging donors to strengthen strategic engagement,

  • Drafting of documents including briefing notes, and background notes for utilization by UNCT.

  • Assist in conceptualizing and designing detailed joint proposals to initiate engagement both internally and externally

  • Support in collecting relevant case studies and best practices critical for stakeholder engagement as well as knowledge extraction, analysis and documentation of results/lessons learned, in line with guidelines using corporate tools.

  • Support RCO activities in planning and facilitating evidence-based Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UN Country Team (UNCT) of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities.

  • Provide support in the coordination, monitoring and reporting of UNCT results

  • Support knowledge management and capacity development to enhance the UNCT’s exchange of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned internally and with external partners

  • Assist in the collection of good practices and assist the RC and the UN Country Team to use the collected good practices and examples to underpin the UN’s strategic positioning and distinct role in the Ghanaian development context, and for strengthening external engagement.

Required degree level
Master degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

International Affairs, Economics, Public Policy, Project Management, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, Development Finance or related area

Required experience
36 Months
Experience remark
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder co-ordination and facilitation is highly desirable;

  • Effective communication, networking and organizational skills and ability to work well in a team;

  • Ability to summarize a large amount of information and translate it into compelling product for internal and external audience

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people

  • Good analytical skills and organizational skills

  • Attention to detail and discretion

  • Innovation and self-motivation

  • Ability to respond flexibly to competing demands, often at short notice.

  • Software skills: Strong IT skills including full competency in MS Office/ 365.

  • Knowledge of Gender, Human Rights and issues of Social Inclusion

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Development programme management
Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams
Application procedure
Prerequisites This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland, therefore only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizen or a European Economic Area national with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. This is a UN Volunteer assignment and eligible candidates must be 25 years of age or older. Selection process Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment, via competency-based interviews held via skype or telephone. How to apply Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’. You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile. Application deadline: 29 September 2021