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Job Title: NATIONAL POST: Programme/Finance Assistant,Majuro, Marshall Islands, Pacific Sub Regional Office, G5

Job ID: 26878

Location: Asia and Pacific

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Background Information


Closing Date: 31 December 2019 (New York Time)

Duration: One Year (renewable) [i]

Duty Station: Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands

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

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Organizational Setting

The Programme/Finance Assistant is located in UNFPA Office in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands and will work under the day-to-day supervision of the Program Specialist.

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:

S/He provides programmatic, secretarial, administrative, logistical and financial support in implementation of program activities ensuring full compliance of program and financial processes with UN/UNFPA rules, regulations, policies and strategies;

S/He provides effective communications support to the Sub Regional office; ensuring facilitation of knowledge building and management. In addition, the incumbent contributes to basic programme/research data for the management of the programme and in tracking progress of the programme implementation.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

  • Assist the programme team, in providing support to implementing partners on knowledge management and programme implementation through maintaining an easy reference and friendly access to contacts and mailing lists of partners, key stakeholders, consultants, UN agencies, donor, institutions, individuals, and other contacts;
  • Assist in programme formulation and work-plan creation in GPS, maintain and update project profiles, including progress reports and work plan review in compliance with programme implementation guidelines;
  • Collate programme related information and procurement needs; support programme personnel in their work plans, monitor and follow-up with Implementing partners on submission of progress and financial reports (e-Face);
  • In close collaboration and guidance of the finance team in Suva, support and coordinate the HACT assurance activities (spot check, audits) and support in follow up of any required action;
  • Coach implementing agencies on UNFPA financial rules and regulations to be followed, e-Face and on recording non-expendable items supported by UNFPA;
  • In close collaboration with the administration team in Suva, follow up on any administrative matters entering the relevant requisition facilitating release of payments, including maintenance of vehicle log registers & vehicle history record, inventory management, assets, leave records, management of common premises including JPO leases and contracts;
  • In close collaboration with the administration team in Suva, support arrangement of domestic and international travels for staff and non-staff travels as well as follow up of submission of the mission reports by staff;
  • In consultation with relevant staff, initiate draft documents, compile and process logistical, administrative and financial arrangements for meetings, events and workshops organized by the office;
  • Receive visitors/officials; take minutes and/or notes, as required; prepare informal translations and act as interpreter as required; answer and screen telephone calls with tact and discretion;
  • Set up, and effectively maintain and monitor the filing system; set up a follow up system to reduce repetitive action or filling gaps; manage online database of implementing partners; assist in archiving and maintain up-to-date electronic mailing lists;
  • Prepare information and/or briefs, summaries and background documentation required by programme staff for official missions, programme functions, seminars, conferences, events and meetings including arranging audio-visual aids as required, projector and screen, preparing power point presentations and computer generated visuals such as graphs;
  • Ensure optimal communication flows within the unit and with entire Sub Regional Office, joint country presence offices and external counterparts, through effective use of written, verbal and electronic communication;
  • Perform ad-hoc duties required by the Programme Specialist relating to monitoring and evaluation of the country programme and projects.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Completion of secondary level education or an equivalent is required. First level university (Bachelor) degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Accountancy, Chartered Accountancy and related fields is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in similar role;
  • Some experience in research assistance and general understanding of programme support, monitoring and evaluation is desirable;
  • Good writing and communication skills with the ability to draft correspondence in a clear, accurate and concise manner;
  • Previous experience and knowledge of protocol in the United Nations is an advantage,
  • Good interpersonal, planning, organizational and multi-tasking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and harmoniously in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic team environment maintaining tact and discretion in all dealings;
  • Computer literacy – Proficiency in the use of MS Office Packages and the Internet;
  • Good knowledge of Atlas/PeopleSoft is an asset.


  • Fluency in English Language and knowledge of the local language is required.

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:

  • Logistical support
  • Managing data, documents, correspondence and reports
  • Managing information and workflow
  • Planning, organizing and multi-tasking
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise

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.


WARNING TO APPLICANTS: UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter or offer that makes use of the name or logo of UNFPA, you may submit a report through the UNFPA fraud hotline Notice to applicants: In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.


UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy. Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.

Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

For any questions or comments please contact [email protected]

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