Program Officer – UNDP

Location : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (dependent on the prevailing COVID-19 situation; with eventual relocation to Conakry, Guinea)
Application Deadline : 01-Nov-21
Time left : 16d 21h 19m
Type of Contract : IPSA (Regular)
Post Level : IPSA-9
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 months with possibility of extension
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.

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A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.


a) UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements

b) If official travel is required, and subject to (local) Covid-19 health permission, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense in accordance with UNDP’s travel guidance and policy, and the personnel shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate.

Office/Unit/Project Description:

The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) was established as the coordinating arm for the African Union Commission (AUC) to implement the African Mining Vision (AMV). It aims to ensure minerals play a greater transformative role in the development of the continent. The role of the AMDC is set by the directive of the African Union Conference of Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development. The twenty-sixth ordinary session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government (AU-AHSG) held on 30th January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia adopted the Statutes establishing the AMDC as a semi-autonomous Specialized Agency of the African Union (Decision No. Assembly/AU/Dec.589 (XXVI)). The AU Assembly Heads of State and government in its July 2018 summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania further decided the AMDC shall be hosted by the Republic of Guinea (under Decision No. Assembly/AU/Dec.697 (XXXI)).

Recently, the AUC and the UNDP have been partnering to support the AMDC in developing its five-year Business Plan and organizing the First Africa Forum on Mining. The AMDC is being supported through the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme (Phase II), initiated by the Secretariat of the OACPS (the Organisation for African, Caribbean and Pacific States, formerly known as the ACP Group of States), financed by the European Commission and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP at the request of the OACPS. This arrangement seeks to ensure the effective implementation of the services of the AMDC through a coordinated approach under a professional and semi-independent structure. This will allow the AMDC to respond to AU members’ needs with the flexibility and swiftness needed to address the current challenges in the mineral sector.

Therefore, UNDP is seeking to engage a Program Officer to provide the programmatic, planning and coordination support to the strategic goals and objectives of the AMDC. The AMDC in the interim period of the first 12 months will comprise the Interim Director, technical and administrative staff and several consultants.

Additional materials that may help candidates gain a better understanding of the project context:

Statute of the African Minerals Development Centre

Africa Mining Vision


Institutional Arrangement:

The Programme Officer will report to the Interim AMDC Director and to UNDP’s Programme Manager of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.

The position will be administered by the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.

Scope of Work

The Program Officer will be responsible for providing programmatic, planning and coordination support to support the AMDC to deliver on the Africa Mining Vision’s Programme of actions.

Particularly, the Program Officer shall perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Support the Interim AMDC Director in driving the implementation and monitoring of policies, strategies and programs to contribute to the effective implementation of the Business Plan of the African Minerals Development Centre.

Programming and Planning Support:
Support the Interim AMDC Director and the Senior Advisers of AMDC on:

  • AMDC Programme development, implementation and reporting activities as relate to the implementation of AMDC’s Business Plan, and relevant programmatic initiatives;
  • Preparation of studies, research and concept notes in the area of mineral resources including but not limited to, mineral exploitation, mineral beneficiation and data collection etc;
  • Formulation of polices, masterplans and action plans, programmes and project proposals related to the Africa Mining Vision’s (AMV) Pillars programmes;
  • Producing and submitting periodic reports on activities and specific missions;
  • Monitoring and tracking continental projects in minerals;

Coordination and communication:
Support the Interim AMDC Director, working closely with the Administrative and Finance Officer in:

  • Engaging and coordinating with the AUC and African Union Member states, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to have dialogues for mutual benefits and shared value along the mineral value chains;
  • Supporting organization of AMDC workshops, forums, seminars, and meetings on matters related to minerals development, and coordination of activities between the AMDC, AUC and the AMDC partners as relates to the implementation of AMDC’s Business Plan, including: work planning and progress reporting meetings; meetings and events with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the AU and Member states for implementation of the AMDC’s Business Plan; Steering Committee meetings and other statutory meetings;
  • Coordinating communication, knowledge generation and knowledge sharing activities of the AMDC, including publishing of AMDC reports and publications;
  • Maintaining AMDC’s generic e-mail and phone, ensuring timely responses to inquiries;
  • Providing basic IT support to AMDC colleagues with software packages (Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and handling of web-based management systems (Share Point, Microsoft team, etc.);
  • Performing other relevant duties as relate to the implementation of AMDC’s Business Plan and the Standard Letter of Agreement between UNDP and AUC on the Institutional Support to the AMDC (LOA).

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s and AU’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the AU and the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
  • The individual will serve in his/her individual capacity and not as a representative of a Government institution, corporate body or other authority external to UNDP.

Required competencies:        

Engage and partner:

  • Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results; Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.

Achieve results:

  • Demonstrate focus on delivering quality results and impact;
  • Efficiently implement plans and use resources of the organization to accomplish goals.

Desired competencies:

Analytical thinking:

  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends and to demonstrate foresight. Ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and complexity to identify patterns and propose new ideas, approaches and solutions.

Communication skills:

  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
Min. Academic Education Master’s degree in Mining Engineering, Business Administration or another relevant field from a recognized educational institution;

Bachelor’s degree in above areas with two (2) additional years of relevant experience is accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in a comparable regional or international organization.
Required  skills
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks of UNDP, AUC and/ or other comparable international organizations, and ability to effectively use and apply the relevant operational rules and procedures;
  • IT skills including the usage of software packages (Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and handling of web-based management systems (Share Point, Microsoft team, etc.) for performing the duties.
Desired additional skills
  • Prior experience in participating in the formulation of polices, masterplans, plans of action, programmes and project proposals related to the Africa Mining Visions’ (AMV) Pillars programmes is desirable;
  • An understanding of the African Mineral polices, regulatory, and legal frameworks on exploration, exploitation, licensing, contracting, taxation, exporting, mineral processing and handling at the national level which are harmonized at the regional and continental levels is an advantage;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the mining industry is an advantage.
Required Language(s) (at working level)
  • English is required;
  • Proficiency in French is an added advantage.