UNICEF-Programme Associate (G-6), Pretoria, South Africa, #127036, Temporary Appointment for South African Nationals Only.

Closing Date: 05 December 2023

UNICEF-Programme Associate (G-6), Pretoria, South Africa, #127036, Temporary Appointment for South African Nationals Only.


As a Program Associate at UNICEF, you will be an integral part of the organization’s mission to ensure the rights, welfare, and well-being of children worldwide. This role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, focusing on providing programmatic support to various initiatives and projects aimed at advancing child rights, health, education, and protection. You will work with a diverse team of professionals, including experts from different fields and partner organizations, to implement effective strategies and achieve positive outcomes for children.

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  1. Program Support:
  • Assist in the development, planning, and coordination of program activities, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s strategies and goals.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to country offices and partners in implementing program interventions.
  • Monitor and analyze program data, progress reports, and impact evaluations, identifying trends and areas for improvement.
  • Support the preparation of program budgets, financial reports, and proposals, ensuring accuracy and compliance with guidelines and procedures.
  1. Partnership and Collaboration:
  • Collaborate with government entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders to strengthen partnerships and foster collaboration in program implementation.
  • Engage in regular communication and coordination with relevant counterparts, fostering effective relationships and promoting knowledge-sharing.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and workshops related to program activities, representing UNICEF and contributing to discussions and decision-making processes.
  1. Documentation and Reporting:
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, documenting program achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Maintain accurate records of program-related documentation, including contracts, agreements, and correspondence.
  • Contribute to the development of communications materials, highlighting the impact of program interventions and advocating for children’s rights.
  1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building:
  • Provide technical support and training to country teams and partners on program management, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange, develop training materials, and deliver workshops to enhance capacity in child-focused program interventions.
  • Stay updated on emerging trends, research, and best practices in child development, health, education, and protection, sharing relevant information with colleagues and partners.

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  1. Emergency Response:
  • Support emergency response efforts, working closely with the Emergency Response Team and other stakeholders to ensure timely and effective delivery of essential services to children affected by emergencies.
  • Contribute to the development of emergency response plans, ensuring the inclusion of child protection and humanitarian principles.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., international development, social sciences, public health, education).
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in program management, preferably in international development or humanitarian contexts.
  • Strong knowledge of child rights, child protection, health, education, or related fields.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF policies, guidelines, and procedures is desirable.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to interpret complex information and propose solutions.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural environment.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English; knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
  • Willingness to travel internationally, particularly to regions with ongoing UNICEF programs and emergencies.

Working at UNICEF offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the well-being and development of children globally. As a Program Associate, your dedication, skills, and passion will contribute to creating a world where every child can thrive, grow, and fulfill their potential.

Note: The above job description is a general overview and may be subject to change based on organizational requirements and priorities.

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