Lebanon: Programme Associate

Organization: UNOPS
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 15 Mar 2018

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.
It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Functional Responsibilities

The Programme Associate, under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (PO), will support the Programme Unit and will be responsible for the following:

Donor liaison

  • With PO, attend meetings with existing donors to ensure projects and proposals are in line with requirements;
  • Track funding amounts and sources for the sector;
  • Provide logistical and substantive support for visits of donors and other delegations;
  • Assist the PO and/or Programme Manager (PM) during donor visits, visits to embassies and presentations and visits to/by mine action stakeholders in country;
  • Develop and maintain donor tracking tool;

Proposal writing and reporting

  • In consultation with the Programme Unit, contribute to the design and development of mine action projects;
  • Assist PO in the preparation of high-quality proposal narratives for submission to donors to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Mine Action;
  • Assist PO in producing timely donor reports against contracted objectives, outputs and outcomes;
  • Maintain tracking tool for proposals and reporting;

Programme support

  • Assist in drafting weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by the programme team;
  • Maintain documentation of decisions and actions taken on programme issues;
  • Provide assistance in public information initiatives monitor and maintain programme workplan;

Proposal Review

  • As part of a team responsible for reviewing and endorsing Implementing Partner proposals presented to the VTF or other bilateral donors, analyze quality in terms of project outcome, impact and cost efficiency;
  • When delegated by Programme Officer take the lead in proposal review, coordinating meetings between UNMAS colleagues and Implementing Partners, maintaining review documents;

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Design, monitor and maintain programme list of key performance indicators and track progress
  • Develop and update an internal M$E tool;
  • Assist PO in maintaining accurate and up to date information on the progress of all projects;
  • Assist PO in maintaining accurate and up to date information on the quality of Implementing Partner activities;
  • Prepare quarterly updates of the above for internal and external distribution;
  • Provide innovative ideas to continually improve M&E activities;


  • Assist Whole of Syria Mine Action Coordinator in establishing and maintaining an effective mine action co-ordinational mechanism;
  • Along with WoS Coordinator, work with the Protection Cluster and the members of the Mine Action Sub Cluster on information collection and analysis and to assess needs, identify response gaps, and establish priorities for the mine action response;
  • Maintain and update on a quarterly basis the funding spreadsheet which lists all the funds pledged/allocated for the mine action sector;
  • Maintain sub cluster contact lists up to date;
  • Assist WoS Coordinator in interacting with other clusters, humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
  • Support hub coordinators in drafting of response plans, presentations and other requests as required;
  • Liaise with IM and Operations teams to ensure IM tools are designed in line with programme requirements and up to date;
  • Perform any other relevant task assigned by supervisor or senior management;

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • First level university (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, project management, natural sciences, social sciences or other related field with a minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience or;
  • Secondary school (high school or equivalent) with a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience

Work Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience performing operational transactions in support of humanitarian programmes or projects
  • Knowledge of and exposure to the UN cluster approach is desired
  • Experience in donor relations is desired
  • Experience in proposal and report writing is desired
  • Mine action sector experience is desired

  • Language:

  • Fluency in English (speaking, writing and reading) is required

  • Fluency in Arabic (speaking, writing and reading) is required

  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.

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