National post

Programme Assistant, G-5

10 June 2019

UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office, Johannesburg, South Africa

Level: G-5

Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment

Closing date: 10 June 2019 - 5:00pm (New York time)

Duty station: Johannesburg, South Africa

Job ID: 23684

Please note that this vacancy is open only to Nationals of South Africa, Non-Nationals with Permanent Residency or Holders of Valid Work Permits for South Africa.

The Position

The Programme Assistant position is located in the East and Southern Regional Office of UNFPA, Johannesburg and reports to a Deputy Director or Programme Adviser.  The Programme Assistant is part of the Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Unit, which provides integrated programme and technical support within a systems strengthening approach fundamental to UNFPA’s overall strategy.  The Programme Assistant also works in close collaboration with the Operations Manager (OM) and his/her team to ensure timely support to COs on operational matters.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. 
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Completed Secondary Level Education required.
  • First level university degree in business/public administration, finance, economics or relevant social science discipline desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Five years of relevant experience in project/programme management in private, national and/or international organizations including some experience in research assistance.
  • Previous experience in the UN is an advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Computer literacy - Word, Excel, Power-point, etc.;
  • Good knowledge of Atlas / People soft or other ERP system;
  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment


Fluency in oral and written English.  Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese an asset.

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