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NATIONAL POST: Programme Assistant, SB3, Yerevan, Armenia

Background Information

Agency:                                  UNFPA Armenia Country Office

Post Title:                               Programme Assistant

Position number:                   00169247

Duty station:                          Yerevan, Armenia

Contract Type:                      Service Contract (SB3/1)

Full/part time:                        Full time

Duration:                                One year (renewable)

Start Date:                             1 July 2021

Opening Date:                       20 May 2021

Application Deadline:          3 June, 2021, 18:00 (Armenia local time)

The Programme Assistant will be located in UNFPA Armenia Country Office (CO). Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Armenia CO Gender Programme Analyst and direct supervision of GBSS Programme Coordinator, the Programme Assistant substantively contributes to the UNFPA activities in the area of gender equality.

The Programme Assistant, in close cooperation with UNFPA Armenia office, as well as the European Union will assist implementation of the activities, in accordance with the “Addressing Gender-Biased Sex Selection and Related Harmful Practices in the South Caucasus: Support for Regional, National and South–South Interventions” Project Document, Work Plan, and the Budget.

According to data from the National Statistical Service of Armenia, from early 90s onwards there has been deviation from natural sex-at-birth ratio (SRB) (102-106 boys to 100 girls), reaching a ratio of 120 boys to 100 girls in early 2000s and somewhat stabilizing at 114 boys per 100 girls in early 2010s. UNFPA initiated study (2011) confirmed, that, although highly differentiated across marzes (regions), prenatal sex selection along with deep preference for boys do exist in the Armenian society. A follow-up in-depth analysis of SRB imbalances (2012) provided projections of the possible consequences of the skewed SRB for the country, such as almost 93,000 “missing” women or gender gap by 2060.

For ten years, UNFPA Armenia Country Office intensively worked on this issue, all the way from identification and thorough research, constant wide-scale advocacy and communications efforts and alliance building to focused technical support. Through the work, the media, a large portion of the society, the civil society and international organizations, the Government, and the Parliament, the Church, became supportive of the issue.

Currently, the Armenian Government recognizes the problem of prenatal sex selection. In 2015, the Government developed and approved a program to tackle prenatal sex selection. In June 2016, the Parliament adopted the legislation amendment package presented by the Government, which banned sex selective abortions. UNFPA initiated an alliance consisting of the Government, civil society organizations, Ombudsman’s office, faith-based organizations (FBOs), international donors, and the media, which later on became an official working group chaired by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia. Thus, the Armenian Government is successfully fulfilling its international obligations as per the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Resolution 1829 on prenatal sex selection - first among the other countries indicated in the Resolution. The also Government has to fulfill its obligations as per Universal Periodic Review (UPR) relevant recommendation.

As a result of wide-scale joint work, the SRB fell from the average of 114 boys/100 girls in early 2010s to 112 boys/100 girls in 2016 and in 2020 110 boys/100 girls. While this decrease in such a short period is undoubtedly a success, the SRB in Armenia is still higher than the normal ratio.

It would be crucial for further decrease of the SRB to:

  • Keep the public/media interest in the issue alive through media/public education campaigns;
  • Further research the possible causes for SRB differences across different marzes that range from almost normal to highest in the world. The research findings may be key to finding a local level “antidote” to skewed SRB;
  • Keep educating the main stakeholders, medical workers, social workers, teachers, FBOs, on preventing prenatal sex selection;
  • Implement projects that target the root cause for sex selection – unequal value of a girl child vs. a boy child in the society.


Organizational Setting

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  2018-2021 strategic plan, 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.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Armenia CO Gender Programme Analyst and direct supervision of GBSS Programme Coordinator, the Programme Assistant assists in effective and efficient implementation of the Programme “Addressing Gender-Biased Sex Selection and Related Harmful Practices in the South Caucasus: Support for Regional, National and South–South Interventions” in Armenia.

The Programme Assistant works in close collaboration with the UNFPA Armenia Country Office staff (Programme, Operations, Communication), for effective achievement of the expected programme outcomes, anticipating and resolving complex programme-related issues. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNFPA programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

You would be responsible for:

Programme Assistant, under direct supervision of Programme Coordinator, and in close cooperation with other programme and operational staff will perform the duties as follows:

  • Assists the Programme Coordinator in financial and administrative management;
  • Supports the Programme Coordinator in conducting supervision and monitoring of the programme activities;
  • Pro-actively contribute to day-to-day programme implementation and ensure conformity to expected results and programme work-plans;
  • Maintain records on all programme personnel/national consultants and their respective status (contracts, ToRs, time and attendance – if appropriate, etc.) in accordance with accepted policies and procedures;
  • Draft minutes of all programme related meetings;
  • Assume overall responsibility for administrative matters of a more general nature, such as registry and maintenance of programme files and records;
  • Arrange external and internal meetings;
  • Provide support to international consultants in the implementation of their tasks for the achievement of programme results (communication, contracts, agenda, visas, hotel reservations, etc);
  • Monitor budget expenditures and maintain a proper record of approved programme budgets and their revisions;
  • Prepare and submit expenditure and programme budget status reports;
  • Maintains office, and provides support for security, transport, and similar services;
  • In accordance with the Work Plan arrange for procurement of equipment, supplies and services;
  • Ensure that contractual processes follow the stipulated UNFPA procedures;
  • Other duties as required within the area of the assignment. 


Accountability and Reporting

  • The Programme assistant is accountable to the Programme Coordinator. 
  • The Programme assistant will work under supervision of the Programme Coordinator.
  • The Programme assistant shall report to the Programme Coordinator on administrative and financial matters. He/she will prepare reports, evaluations and justifications as required on financial, administrative and office management issues or specialized tasks within the assigned area of responsibilities.  


Qualifications and Experience
  • University degree in administration or related discipline.
  • At least 3 year experience of administrative work with international organisations.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge about son preference, the under valuing of girls, and gender-biased, as well as related policies and programmes in Armenia.
  • Experience in working in collaboration with government, development partners and civil society organizations is required.
  • Experience in development of communication campaigns, and communication and advocacy strategies and material is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UNFPA and European Union structures, visibility policy and reporting requirements will be an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems.
  • Knowledge of ATLAS / PeopleSoft or other ERP system is an asset.


Fluency in oral and written English and Armenian. Good/working level of Russian is desired.


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:

  • Providing logistical support
  • Managing data
  • Managing documents, correspondence and reports
  • Managing information and work flow
  • Planning, organizing and multitasking



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.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.

The Programme Assistant will submit the required deliverables as set out in the project WP and requested by the donor and UNFPA and will be paid according to the band/grade agreed in the Service Contract.

Closing Statement


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.

This is a project funded post.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates will be notified.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline


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