Programme Assistant

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Description of assignment title

Programme Assistant

Assignment country


Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category

National UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity





12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments


Duty stations



Mission and objectives

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 en-trusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


UNFPA Uzbekistan will be implementing the Joint Programme under Uzbekistan Vision 2030 Fund (ISHONCH) “Window A. Maternal and Perinatal Care: Every Mother and Child Survives and Thrives: Reducing Preventable Maternal and Newborn Deaths in 227 Perinatal Centers of Uzbekistan”. This Joint Programme addresses the underlying causes driving maternal and newborn deaths in 227 perinatal centres as identified in the United Nations Common Country Analysis: Uzbekistan (2021) as well as recent sector reviews such as the World Bank’s 2022 Public Expenditure Review, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Feasibility Assessment for Perinatal Care (2022) and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 2022). The programme rationale is in line with Uzbekistan’s Development Strategy for 2022-2026, the Government of Uzbekistan’s Action Plan on Maternal and Child Health 2022-2026, and Output 4.1 from the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSCDF). The objective of the joint programme is to reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths by 2025 by: • Strengthening MOH’s and the 227 perinatal centers’ governance mechanisms (including inter-sectoral and multi-partner coordination), policies, guidelines, and clinical protocols; • Improving the capacity of 227 perinatal centers to provide quality and inclusive reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, adolescent health (RMNCAH) services; and • Empowering 10 million people with the knowledge to demand quality and inclusive guaranteed RMNCAH services. The implementation period of the project is from 2023 to 2025. We need a strong professional who is innovative, committed to excellence and keen to transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results. The National UN Volunteer will contribute to different strands of the Programme, supporting the design, planning and management of by providing and managing data inputs, providing logistical support and monitoring programme implementation.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the National Programme Specialist, SRH/HIV, the Programme Assistant will: • Assist in arranging programme activities, support designated project portfolio in preparation of documents and materials, arrange venues, help in the preparation of the presentations, preparing draft minutes, etc. • Provide support in monitoring IP delivery of activities as per the agreed work plans and provide technical support with the review of IP reports whenever requested. • Assist in conducting monitoring visits and evaluation meetings and missions. • Provide support in developing and updating the designated project documents, budgets, and reports by collecting information, preparing tables, presentations etc. • Assist with program-related procurement of services/goods and ensure that procurement is in accordance with UNFPA Procurement Procedures: assist in collecting supporting documents, obtaining price quotations and preparation of comparative tables; etc. whenever requested. • Provide technical and logistics support in communication and awareness-raising activities; assist in documenting best practices, stories of change, and success stories of the portfolio; assist in producing media and presentation materials. • Translate and draft letters and other programme documents, as well as provide oral translation as may be assigned by the Country Office management. Results/Expected outputs: As a UNFPA team member, the Project Assistant will provide efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly, and high-quality support to UNFPA and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions; • Application of established systems and procedures in the implementation of program activities; • Assistance in the creation of knowledge through the collection, synthesis, and analysis of information related to program issues; Furthermore, UN Volunteer is encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteer should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen his/her knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in in designing, planning, monitoring, and delivery of technical assistance programs/projects; •Experience of work with health authorities is an asset; Good background knowledge on development issues and /or areas related to the UNFPA mandate, particularly sexual and reproductive health, organizing training for health professionals and health response to GBV is an asset; Excellent writing, editing, desk-research and verbal communication skills; Good knowledge of visual design and layout development for information materials is desirable; •Proficiency in MS Office package, Google applications and teleconferencing tools; •Experience of working at or with a UN agency or experience other international organization is an asset. •Excellent self-organisation and proactive attitude to work; •Good research and analytical skills, and ability to multi-task and prioritise workload; •Good interpersonal, networking, presentation and communication skills; •Experience of working for international projects of technical assistance (will be an advantage); Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team; •Flexible and open to learning and new experiences; •Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions.

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Development programmes, Health

Driving license


Uzbek, Level: Fluent, Required Russian, Level: Working knowledge, Required English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Public Health, Management, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Social Sciences, or other related fields.

Competencies and values

● Accountability ● Adaptability and flexibility ● Creativity ● Judgement and decision-making ● Planning and organising ● Professionalism ● Self-management

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

As it is a national UN Volunteer’s assignment, the volunteer shall organize his/her accommodation by themselves. As of September 2023, National UN Volunteer Specialists in Tashkent are entitled to USD 820/month as their Volunteer Living Allowance. Other benefits include: 1. Pre-assignment: Entry lump sum – USD 400 (one time payment). Relocation costs:$200 at beginning and end of assignment if duty station is outside of commuting distance (as determined by UNV). 2. During assignment Volunteer living allowance – USD 820.91 (as mentioned above). Learning – Access to UNV’s learning and career development resources. Annual leave – 2.5 days per month. Insurance – Comprehensive coverage for health, life and malicious acts for the UN Volunteer and health insurance coverage for up to 3 eligible dependents . See the Conditions of Service for more details on eligibility criteria. 3. End of assignment Exit allowance (paid on successful completion of the assignment) for each month served, paid on completion of contract. The above summary is provided as information only and is subject to change. For further information on the full range of entitlements and eligibility criteria, please read the UN Volunteer Conditions of Service You can check full entitlements at the duty station at The complete UN Volunteer Conditions of Service is available at”

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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