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 Programme Assistant

 Location: Patna
 Last Date: September 27, 2011
 Email: (Reference:


UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world’s needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development. UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe. In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position:

Please note that this is a local post and is open to all nationals of the country of the duty station and to individuals who have a valid work permit.

Vacancy Details
Vacancy Code:  VA/2011/APO/NIPI/ICA/201
Post Title:  Programme Assistant
Post Level:  LICA (level 3)
Duty Station:  Patna, INDIA
Duration:  One year
Closing Date:  27 September 2011

General Background
The Governments of India and Norway have entered into a partnership to work together toward the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) that aims to reduce child mortality worldwide.

The objective of Norway–India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) is to provide catalytic support that would make a strategic and sustainable difference to the rapid scaling up of quality child health services under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in five states that contribute the highest number of child deaths, namely, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. All activities undertaken under NIPI shall be directed towards fulfilling the goals and objectives of NRHM. NIPI LFA led by the Director is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project services (UNOPS). NIPI envisages strengthening of techno-managerial capacity in the States to accelerate child health activities under NRHM/RCH II.

NIPI has initiated several Child Health Interventions funded by NIPI UNOPS under the NRHM framework
along the continuum of care approach contributing to MDG 4 goals. Current focus is on reduction of neonatal
mortality through facility based neonatal care services and community based outreach services including
home based care and immunization.

One of the key determinants of achieving expected results from these interventions is a well planned and monitored Health System response to deliver the interventions effectively. Key processes for Operationalizing these interventions have to be fast tracked and rigorously followed

Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The Program associate, under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer (NIPI), would assist in accelerating child health activities under NRHM by:

1. Technical Responsibilities:
• Key person responsible for data and information management
• Contribute to planning and reporting by providing data, information and evidence from NIPI monitoring and HMIS database.
• Assist Programme Officer in coordinating training in home-based newborn and child care, and facilitating other training activities in child health in the State
• Collecting and compiling receipt of reports from all levels.
• Collecting & analyzing data of child health and making good presentation of the same.
• Any other duties as may be assigned by the state programme officer or organization

2. Administrative Function:
• Provide administrative assistance to the SPO in the management of the programme;
• Maintain accounts, Funds assist in preparing reports as per the administrative and financial guidelines of Organization
• Coordinate incoming correspondence, information and data, travel and general logistics arrangements;
• Maintain inventory of office equipments and assets.
• Develop a friendly but professional relationship among all the personnel for optimum use of human resources.
• Preparation of Reports:
• Report writing & record keeping of all official documents, reports and administrative documents
• Perform any other responsibility assigned

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
• Prepare Monthly reports on monitoring indicators of NIPI facilitated interventions.
• Assist Senior PO in preparing bi annual report to be submitted to NIPI LFA
• Prepare inventory of all data sets received and collected from different levels in the States including
NIPI focus Districts.
• Prepare a dossier of all filed documents
• Collect monthly statement of NIPI expenditure from NRHM Accounts Manager

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures
of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Required Selection Criteria
Key Competencies

• Good understanding of the national / state health policy and program, with field experience in the
public / NGO health sector.
• Experience of working in the NIPI State.
• Excellent skills in written and spoken communication and ability to network are important.
• Proficiency in the use of computer with common software and internet; and experience of working in
teams and with different stakeholders expected.
• Ability for performing multi task.


• Secondary education. Higher degree (Bachelor equivalent) an asset.
• At least four years of work experience in a similar field.
• Prior work experience in an international organisation and/or UN/UNOPS an advantage.
• Fluency in English and Hindi is required.

Submission of Applications
Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and
an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) (available on our website), , via e-mail
to . Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when
applying by email.

Additional Considerations
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information on UNOPS, please visit the UNOPS website at .

For more information on the UNOPS Individual Contractor Agreement modality, please visit



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