Programme Analyst

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United Nations Development Programme




Position Purpose:

Under the guidance of the Deputy Director, the Programme Analyst works within the EU Contracts Management Unit, under direct supervision of the EU Engagement Specialist in close collaboration with the different units within the Office, including Projects, other UN Agencies, COs, RSCs and HQ, ensuring adequate formulation of new contractual documents, troubleshooting, quality control and general implementation matters. The Programme Analyst engages in the Office’s endeavor to explore and engage upon further facilitation of the EC/UNDP relationship. S/he maintains direct relations with EC/EU counterparts in order to foster information sharing, mutual knowledge and further enhancement of the EC/UNDP partnership. Contributing to the Office’s overall efforts in developing, maintaining and sustaining a solid and constructive partnership with the EC, the Programme Analyst contributes towards ensuring the appropriate protection and promotion of the EC-UNDP partnership.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support to the creation, development and solidification of strategic partnerships with the EU institutions and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy

  • Provide contractual- and substantive- inputs during the formulation and negotiation processes of Country Offices, Regional Centers and Bureaus when engaging with the European Commission/EU delegations;
  • Support resource mobilization strategies in all regions; revise regional project proposals channeled through the Brussels Office and ensure their compliance with established contractual frameworks;
  • Assist UNDP Offices and implementing units with securing clearance of all agreements sent to the Brussels Office for review, in line with UNDP’s established procedures;
  • Oversee the collection, analysis and systematization of the data pertaining to the EC-UN/UNDP partnership;
  • Maintain positive working relations with clients and facilitate effective information sharing between EC task managers and UNDP;
  • Identify opportunities for further strengthening, developing and solidifying UNDP’s partnership with the EU/EC.

Provide high quality contractual advisory services and guidance to the UNDP Offices with respect to the implementation of EU-funded actions. 

  • Advise on the execution, monitoring and closing of EU-funded projects and programmes in accordance with applicable contractual framework and established regulations;
  • Assist UNDP Offices and implementing units to understand and comply with EU contractual milestones and other implementation requirements, including verification;
  • Act as “early warning” mechanism, alerting UNDP Offices and implementing units to new requirements, approaching deadlines etc. ; prevent problematic cases to negatively affect the EC-UNDP partnership;
  • Advise on problem-solving and corrective measures when necessary.

Facilitate knowledge building and sharing.

  • Engage in strategic learning, planning, advocacy and visibility activities in view of maintaining and increasing EC funding;
  • Identify, synthesize and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt;
  • Review reports, as applicable and build capacities of UNDP Offices and implementing units with regard to EU reporting and contractual requirements; 
  • Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing on contractual aspects of the EC-UNDP partnership.

Assist in coordinating the UN Brussels Team’s actions vis-à-vis the EC regarding legal, contractual and implementation-related affairs

  • Assist the team in concerting UN agencies undertakings with EC/EU counterparts in relation to contractual and procedural aspects of the EU-UN cooperation;
  • Participate and contribute to meetings where contractual or procedural questions related to the UN partnership with the EU institutions are concerned;
  • Network and build constructive relations with EC counterparts involved in programming and contractual matters;
  • Maintain the Office’s databases on EU-UN(DP) agreements;
  • Undertake other assignments within the incumbent’s area of competence, as may be reasonably required.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University degree (master’s Degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field, or 
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the areas mentioned above in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • Minimum of two (2) years (with master’s degree) or 4 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management and advisory services.
  • Solid command of the European Commission’s policies and implementation modalities for external development and humanitarian assistance.
  • Good knowledge of the existing EU-UN contractual frameworks desirable.
  • Project management experience/expertise (in particular EU projects);
  • Experience in contributing to verification / audit exercises;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and French
  • Knowledge of Spanish an asset





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