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Background Information


Closing date: 6 October 2021 (5 pm Papua New Guinea time)

Duration: One year (renewable*)

Appointment Type:  Fixed Term

* No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5

Duty Station: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


 [i] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5



Organizational Setting

The Position:

The Program Associate provides support to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and members of her team.  The Program Associate will work closely with staff from the National Statistics Office (NSO) and the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM) as well as the UNFPA country office, providing backstopping, information-sharing and other support to ensure that the administrative, financial and reporting processes are followed.

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.

Job Purpose:

UNFPA PNG is implementing a comprehensive data and population project that will involve new remote sensing population technologies to be used for the upcoming elections. The project will also address demand for data and data literacy. Other dimensions of the program include a demographic survey and the analysis of provincial level demographic data from an intergenerational perspective (demographic dividend).

Given the comprehensive nature of this project, the CTA will need the support of a motivated, ambitious Program Associate with strong organizational and writing skills to help achieve the outputs envisaged in this project.

You will play an instrumental role in facilitating UNFPA’s country programme and project implementation, supporting design, planning and management, in the areas of population and development, reproductive health and gender.

You will apply established systems and procedures and assist in the creation of knowledge by compiling, synthesizing and analyzing relevant information, developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with procedures.



Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

With the guidance of the CTA, the Programme Associate will:

Collaborate with NSO on programmatic aspects relating to the implementation of the project, including guiding routine implementation of assigned projects, in coordination with national counterparts and project personnel, coordinating delivery of project inputs; and ensuring participation of national counterparts in training activities and required travel.

Provide logistical support to projects by coordinating project related meetings, workshops and events, training and guiding project personnel and staff on national execution and programme policies and procedures as needed.

Draft donor’s report and other reports as required;

Draft presentations, developing meeting materials, action points/taking and drafting minutes of the meeting, and correspondence; 

Facilitate the work of consultants, advisors and experts, by providing them with the necessary documents required for their assignment/mission.

Arrange for and/or attend meetings on day-to-day technical matters, participates in all discussions of new or revised procedures and practices, interprets and assess the impact of changes and provides recommendations for follow-up action;

Assist the CTA in monitoring the progress of the different activities;

Assist the CTA in the development/revision of the work plan and prepare necessary budget revisions on a quarterly basis or more frequent if so required and upload the same in the ATLAS system;

Contribute to the capacity building of NSO staff;

Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the UNFPA Representative and/or Deputy Representative required to ensure the success of the above-mentioned activities

Any other relevant activities/responsibi;ities as assigned by Supervisor,  and senior Management



Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Demography or any Social Science field. 

Training in economics, statistics, or demography desirable

Knowledge and Experience:

At least five years of work experience in coordination with government entities and data collection process;

Familiarity with ATLAS will be an asset

Experience with UN will be an asset

High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, and MS PowerPoint) is required.

Must be able to remain focused under pressure, with a commitment to working hard and long hours.

Must be meticulous - have a keen eye for details, looking for excellence/perfection in all technical matters. 


Fluency in English is required and knowledge of Tok Pisin is desireable.



Required Competencies


• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change
Core Competencies:

• Achieving Results  
• Being Accountable
• Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
• Thinking analytically and Strategically
• Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
• Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

•    Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners / building strategic         alliances and partnerships

•    Delivering results based programmes

  Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda


UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.


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