Programme Associate

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Thadeua Road thadeua Village Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital


Vacancy Announcement:

Programme Associate, Level: (GS-6), IMIS No. 107143(Lao Nationals Only)

UNICEF Vientiane, Lao PDR

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. If you are a committed, creative Lao citizen and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading child rights organization. UNICEF would like to hear from you.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, requires an experienced and qualified Lao National to fill the position of Programme Associate, at (GS-6) level to be based in UNICEF Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief of Education, the programme associate supports the Education section by carrying out a range of procedural, administrative, and operational tasks to help develop, implement and monitor the new EU-funded Complementary Technical Support programme, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations.

1. Support to programme development, planning and execution of the new EU-funded Complementary Technical Support programme:

  • Researches, analyzes, verifies, synthesizes and compiles qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources on subject matters relevant to the work of the section to facilitate preparation of reports, working papers and presentations.
  • Drafts project documents, work plans, budgets, and proposals on implementation arrangements.
  • Carries out transactions in VISION ensuring programme results, activities and programme coding are as per annual work plans (AWPs), and makes amendments and alterations as per section revisions when necessary.
  • Monitors and tracks the efficient distribution of supplies that are required for effective programme delivery.

2. Support to monitoring and reporting of programme results:

  • Prepares monitoring and reporting information for supervisor on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results.
  • Monitors budgets and financial expenditures of section, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up.

3. Support in resource mobilization:

  • Researches, analyzes, verifies, and synthesizes data and information in support of preparing reports pertaining to donors (both current and potential).
  • Researches, analyzes, verifies, and synthesizes data and information to assist in the preparation of periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to country office and donors to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds.
  • Carries out transactions in VISION pertaining to grants for his/her section such as registering grant allotments and tracking expiring programme grants.

4. Support in knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Researches, analyzes, verifies and synthesizes information on best practices and lessons learnt to support knowledge development and capacity building
  • Supports capacity development activities related to performance monitoring, programme development, and related internal UNICEF systems/tools by preparing training materials and participating on exercises pertaining to programme processes and procedures which aim to build capacity of stakeholders.

Qualifications and experience:

Education: Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.

Work Experience: A minimum of six years of administrative or clerical work experience is required.

Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and Lao language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or other local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

Please go to this link for online applications:

Closing date: Wednesday, 19th December 2018.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Only-Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

  • job summary
  • Post Date 06 December 2018
  • Prefered Language English
  • Job Level Entry Level
  • Job Industry OTHERS
  • Job Function Others
  • Job Location Vientiane Capital
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Thadeua Road thadeua Village Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital

Contact Name : ืืืืN/A
Email : sdouangdara@unicef.org

UNICEF is promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with partners, we are focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children throughout the country. 

Laos is a landlocked, mountainous country with a young and ethnically diverse population. Its total population reaches 6.5 million, some 59 per cent of which are children and young people below the age of 25. There are 49 official ethnic groups comprised of 167 subgroups with different dialects, languages, cultures and traditions.

The country has developed its 8th National Socioeconomic Development Plan, 2016-2020, that aims to reduce poverty significantly and graduate from its least developed country status by 2020. This plan localizes the Sustainable Development Goals into national targets and places a strong emphasis on the achievement of off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Strong economic growth enabled the country to move from a low-income to a lower-middle-income country in 2011. The economy grew at 7.5 per cent between 2011 and 2013, and poverty has fallen by half. However, inequalities remain with significant disparities between urban and rural, upland and lowland, wealth quintiles, mother’s education and ethnicity.

The country has achieved MDG targets on poverty reduction, universal access and gender parity in primary education, maternal mortality reduction, and access to water and sanitation. However, some targets such as child nutrition and primary school completion remain unmet, and many social indicators are among the lowest in the Asia and the Pacific region. Particularly vulnerable are the non-Lao Thai ethnic communities who live in remote, hilly rural areas where there are no roads and the land is contaminated with unexploded ordnance.

In Lao PDR, there is a need to further harmonize national policies and laws with international legal obligations and translate them into practice. Studies suggest that execution of policies and plans face many challenges as a result of insufficient capacity, difficult terrain, dispersed populations in remote areas and lack of demand.

The country office works across a variety of areas to help ensure child survival and promote child rights. Collaborating with the Lao Government, UN agencies, civil society and international NGOs, UNICEF works across health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and child protection sectors with the aim of realising the rights of every child.

Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UNICEF comparative advantage includes strong technical expertise on the ground, operational capacities in both development and humanitarian contexts, evidence-informed programmes focusing on the needs of the underserved and hard-to-reach children, a balanced approach to support upstream policy and downstream execution, advocacy and communications, and multi-sectoral engagement in social sectors.

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