United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Administrative and Finance Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Under the overall guidance and supervision of Project Manager, the Project Administrative and Finance Associate provides ongoing project and administrative assistance and support to the Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea (STREIT) project, performing a variety of standard administrative processes ensuring high quality and accuracy of work.

The Project Assistant works in collaboration with the operations, programme and project staff in the CO to exchange information and ensure consistent services delivery.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesSummary of Key Functions:
  • Provide support to management of ongoing project activities,

  • Support to administrative and logistical services,

  • Support to project maintenance and assets management,

  • Support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing,

  • Any other task assigned by the Country Office.

1. Ensures provision of support to management of ongoing project activities, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Provide inputs in the elaboration of work plan,

  • Assist in arranging logistics, preparing agenda and coordinating with related stakeholders for organizing workshops as and when required,

  • Assist in minutes taking for program/project meetings and in drafting research reports as required,

  • Assist in coordinating of the planned events of the project,

  • Assist in drafting inputs for the project’s reports.

2. Ensures effective administrative and logistical services, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Contacts with visitors and project personnel, arrangement of appointments and meetings, acting as an interpreter when required and/or taking minutes,

  • Compilation and preparation of briefing and presentation materials, speeches, background information and documentation for meetings and missions.

  • Maintenance of records/ documents/ files relating to the project in a user-friendly manner,

  • Be responsible for assigned correspondence and other admin tasks including creating Erequisitions,

  • Arrangements of travel and hotel reservations, preparation of travel authorizations, processing requests for visas, identity cards and other documents,

  • Administrative support to conferences, workshops, retreats,

  • Arrangement of vehicle transportation, regular vehicle maintenance and insurance,

  • Assistance in proper control of supporting documents for payments and financial reports,

  • Check related forms delivered by Implementing partners for completion before submitting to the Finance Assistant for verification,

  • Proper receipting of goods and services,

  • Preparation of routine correspondence, faxes, memorandum and reports to partners,

  • Extracting, inputting, copying, and filing data from various sources as required,

  • Maintain a proper filing system for financial records ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials,

  • Assisting in organizing, executing and coordinating logistical requirements by drawing up an event time-line, programme schedule and checklist for successful holding of events,

  • Custodian for management of office stationery supplies including maintenance of stock list of stationery, distribution of stationery as required by staff and keeping a log of distribution,

  • Extraction of data from various sources,

  • Follow up on deadlines, commitments made, actions taken and Coordination of collection and submission of the reports to head of unit,

  • Assistance in the preparation of budget, provision of information for audit.

3. Provides support to office maintenance and assets management, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Act as a backup to the Asset Focal point in the maintenance of records on assets management,

  • Maintenance of files and records relevant to office maintenance,

  • Provision of support to maintenance of common premises and common services.

4. Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Participation in the training for the operations/programme staff,

  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and Communities of Practice.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values,

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability,

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity,

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment,

  • Self-development, initiative-taking,

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work,

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively,

  • Creating synergies through self-control,

  • Managing conflict,

  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others,

  • Informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

Building Strategic Partnerships

Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position,

  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks,

  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

Promoting Organizational Change and Development

  • Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions

Design and Implementation of Management Systems

  • Uses information/databases/other management systems

Client Orientation

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion,

  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines,

  • Responds to client needs promptly.

Promoting Accountability and Results-based Management

  • Gathers and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems

Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
  • Secondary education. BA /BSc degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources, Finance, Social Sciences, International Relations and any other related fields would be desirable but it is not a requirement.

  • Minimum five (5) years (with Secondary education), or, minimum three (3) years (with Bachelor Degree) of relevant experience in administration or Programme Support service.

  • Experience in the development/ diplomatic industry,

  • Experience with Donor Reporting,

  • EU financial reporting experience is an advantage,

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.),

  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station.


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