Programme Associate – Social Policy, Lagos, Nigeria At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Thursday, 15 June 2023

Job Identification : 11089

Locations : Lagos, Nigeria

Posting Date : 05/31/2023, 01:54 PM

Apply Before : 06/15/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NPSA-6

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Inclusive Growth

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : High School certificate – 6 year(s) experience

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Nigeria is the most populous country on the African continent and the seventh largest in the world. The United Nations forecasts that the population will double by 2050, making it the third largest country in the world (UNDESA, 2019). Given Nigeria’s size and growth potential, the pressure to safeguard and improve the lives of its citizens is significant. Nigeria was still recovering from its 2016 economic recession when another recession hit in 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, further derailing its economic recovery.While the COVID-19regulatory measures implemented in Nigeria helpedto control the spread of the virus, many of these necessary and lifesaving measures had deleterious effects on livelihoods, education, health, human wellbeing, state–society relations and social harmony. The Nigerian economy has grown post-COVID, with the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate rising from -1.92% in 2020 to +3.40% in 2021. Despite this economic recovery, the lingering impact of the 2020 recession has undermined household welfare and exacerbated poverty and vulnerability.

In August 2019, the President of Nigeria committed to empowering an additional 100 million people to escape extreme poverty by 2030. This means that, on average, 10 million people must be lifted out of poverty each year, starting from 2020. The United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP)in partnership with the government of Nigeria, and with support from Global Affairs Canada, and the EU supported the government of Nigeria to conduct the 2022 Multi-dimensional Index survey. The Nigeria MPI (2022) has four dimensions: health, education, living standards, and work and shocks.

With UNDP expanding its programmatic functions to scale the implementation of the Integrated National, Financing Framework to increase public and private sector resource mobilization for the SDGs, including SDGs 3 and SDGs 4, research, and garner policy support towards strengthening capacity development to increase programmatic activities to make healthcare and education more accessible to all.

The Programme Associate will work closelywith the Programme Analyst-SDGs and NationalEconomist to support the implementation of health and education financing programs. The incumbent will provide technical assistance and administrative support to ensure successful implementation of projects related to health financing, including health insurance schemes, social health protection, human capital development, Innovative MSMEs and startups in healthcare management, especially with rural interventions, and financial management of health systems. The Programme Associate will work with government officials, donors, and other stakeholders to promote best practices in health financing and will assist with the monitoring and evaluation of program activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Social Policy and Programme Coordination; Health and Education

  •  Support the programme team, particularly in providing support towards policy advisory to the government and the private sector in scaling up national action plans and financing of SDGs 3 and SDGs 4.
  •  Support the programme team, particularly the National Economist to contribute in the production of policy incentive of targeted projects/programmes to increase investment in healthcare and human capacity development in education to achieve SDG 3 and SDG 4, focused on increasing budget allocations to the health and education sectors and implementing policies that will improve access to healthcare and education.
  •  Assist the Programmes team to provide technical assistance in the design and implementation of Nigeria’s Multidimensional Poverty Index related to healthcare and education.
  •  Assist in the delivery of technical assistance to government officials, NGOs, and other stakeholders in designing and implementing health financing programs, including health insurance schemes, innovative social health protection, innovative healthcare businesses/startup and financial management of health systems.
  •  Support the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans for health financing programs and assist with data collection and analysis.
  •  Assist in the preparation of program reports, presentations, and other documentation.
  •  Support the organization and facilitation of workshops, trainings, and other events related to health financing.
  •  Support the data analyst team to design and conduct research and analysis on health financing issues and education financing gaps to provide input into policy and program development.
  •  Support the programmes unit to increase policy activities that will ensure the use of technology in accelerating the delivery of SDG 3 and SDG 4.
  •  Support the National Economist in carrying out regular reviews and research activities in addressing social insurance schemes in rural areas and invest in digital education and healthcare services.
  •  Support the programme team to research avenues to strengthen Public-Private Partnerships in achieving SDG 3 and SDG 4 in Nigeria, working with government and private sector organizations to improve access to healthcare and education services.
  •  Support the programme team to identify, build and maintain strong relationships with government officials, donor relations, and other stakeholders, including rapporteur services during meetings and other events.
  •  Assist with budget preparation, financial tracking, and expenditure reporting.
  •  Contribute to the development and implementation of program work plans and budgets.
  •  Perform any other duties assigned by the Programme Manager, Health Financing.

2. Strategic Partnership and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement

  •  Support in the country office in their engagement on SDGs and SDG Financing with the Government, private sector, UN country team and partners.
  •  Develop partnerships and lead engagements with the private sector to drive the mobilization of private capital towards SDG-aligned development needs.
  •  Assist in organizing multi-stakeholder consultative forums, including public-private dialogues to foster collaboration between public and private sector stakeholders.
  •  Identify potential synergies between UNDP Nigeria, the UNDP Regional Hub and UNDP Country Offices implementing similar Initiatives.
  •  Support UNDP in building strategic alliances and partnerships with governments, private sector, think tanks, academic institutions, development partners and others to expand UNDP’s work on SDG financing.
  •  Strengthen collaboration with other UN agencies and external partners to scale innovative financing for the SDGs.
  •  Increase capacity of states to mobilize private investments for the SDGs.
  •  Work closely with sub-national governments in designing their SDG aligned state development plans.

3. Learning and Knowledge Management:

  •  Facilitate the development and update of market intelligence on the drivers to exclusion from quality education and healthcare.
  •  Facilitate potential synergies and trade-offs in building policy and planning around SDGs 3 and SDGs 4.
  •  Develop concept notes for technical workshops/webinars/side-events for UNDP’s development finance programmes.
  •  Produce regular knowledge tools including thought provoking policy brief relating to Financing Sustainable Development within national and regional contexts.

4. Outreach Engagement

  •  Collaborate on the organization of events, including high-level dialogues, workshops, events, and programme launches on subject matter.
  •  Collaborate on project communications, including Annual Reports and Newsletters.
  •  Follow technical discussions in other fora and represent UNDP in relevant meetings.
  •  Perform other duties, as may be required by the Supervisor.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)

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Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Business Management


  •  Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous

manner both through written and verbal communication; to

tailor messages and choose communication methods

depending on the audience.

  •  Ability to manage communications internally and externally,

through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

  •  Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business Management

Partnerships Management

  •  Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management

Digital Awareness and Literacy

  •  Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skilfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed

Business Direction & Strategy

Effective Decision Making

  •  Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Development

Knowledge Facilitation

  •  Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally

Business Development

Integration within the UN

  •  Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work;
  •  Knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations

Skills and Experience

Secondary School Education.

A university degree with 04 years of relevant experience would be considered


  •  At least 6 years of experience working in a number of these areas; healthcare management, healthcare research, and financing, health systems strengthening, preferably in low- or middle-income countries.
  •  Work experience in sustainable development, policy analysis, private sector development, strategic planning, public health, medical sciences, research, healthcare programming or other related fields.
  •  Bachelor’s degree in public health, medical sciences, health education, health economics, health management, or a related field.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  •  Willingness to travel to project sites as required.
  •  Strong record in engaging with the CSOs, NGOs, private sector and development partners on issues relating to subject matter.
  •  Excellent writing skills, as demonstrated by previous research/analytical reports/policy notes on relevant topics.
  •  Experience of working in and with developing countries in Africa, especially Nigeria.
  •  Experience of working with UNDP or UN Development System on matters related to development finance policies will be an advantage.
  •  Excellent computer skills, in particular masteryof all applications of the MS Office package.
  •  Proficiency in MicrosoftOffice and data analysis software.
  •  Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks effectively.
  •  Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  •  A good working knowledge of software support applications to aid programme planning (Kobo app, google suite, etc) would be an added advantage


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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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