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Job title:                                                    Project Assistant

Level:                                                          SC SB3

Position Number:

Location:                                                    Skopje, North Macedonia
Full/Part-time:                                          Full-time  

Fixed-term/Temporary:                          N/A/

Rotational/Non Rotational:                   non-rotational

Duration:                                                   1 year (with the possibility of extension) subject to satisfactory performance. 



The Position:


The Project Assistant provides administrative support in the implementation of the project “Prevention and Protection against Gender-Based Violence in North Macedonia”, funded by the British Embassy in Skopje, implemented by UNFPA. The project supports the Government in the Republic of North Macedonia to embed and begin implementing state-wide integrated policies on gender-based violence (GBV), in line with the principles of the Istanbul Convention.


The project supports the operationalization of the new Law on the prevention and protection of violence against women and domestic violence adopted in January 2021. It develops coordination mechanisms and access to critical multi-sectoral services for survivors, supports the design of a model for integrated data collection and analysis on GBV, strengthens the capacities of service providers, addresses the perpetrator’s program as well as works on sensitization of media professionals and developing campaigns for promoting GBV available services in the country.


How you can make a difference:

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 strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.


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 entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:


The United Nations Population Fund 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.


You will work with an inter-disciplinary team contributing to:


  • Support the operationalization of the new Law on Prevention and Protection of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (VAW/DV);
  • Improve the access and quality to survivor-cantered services, in a multi-sectorial fashion;
  • Develop coordination mechanisms and access to critical multi-sectoral services for survivors, including development of implementation policies and regulations within and across sectors;
  • Improve the system for data collection and utilization in line with the GBV information management system (GBV IMS) minimum standards;
  • Strengthen capacities of service providers (health, including, Sexual Assault Referral Centers, law enforcement, judiciary, social, etc.), and CSOs for victims and survivors;
  • Develop program for perpetrators and 
  • Challenge harmful gender norms in public discourse, through sensitization of media professionals, social change communication and advocacy campaigns aimed at reducing the gender inequalities and prevention of VAW/DV.


You would be responsible for:


  • Assisting with arranging project activities, including but not limited to contacting the Individual Consultants, gathering their documents, arranging their folders, working in the corporate software etc.;
  • Support the organization of project events (selection of venue, preparing meeting minutes, assisting in the development of relevant background materials, presentations, concept notes and proposals);
  • Supporting the project -related procurement of services/goods in accordance with UNFPA Procurement Procedures;
  • Contributing to the preparation of periodic narrative and financial reports;
  • Maintaining of electronic and hard copy records related to the project;
  • Performing various support functions relevant for the project activities and
  • Assisting in implementing knowledge management strategies to capture lessons learned and best practices, sharing these with management for future planning


Qualifications and Experience:




Completed Secondary Level Education required. First-level university degree is a strong asset.


Knowledge and Experience:


  • Minimum 6 years (4 years for candidates with a University Degree)  of progressively responsible experience in administrative or project experience.
  • Experience in project finance will be considered a strong asset. Previous experience in the UN or other international development organizations, or experience in projects especially in areas related to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Previous experience with Atlas/PeopleSoft or other ERP applications is an asset.




Fluency in Macedonian and English is required. Knowledge of other local languages shall be considered an asset



Required Competencies:



  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Functional Competencies:

  • Providing logistical support
  • Managing data
  • Managing information and workflows
  • Managing documents, correspondence and reports
  • Planning, organizing and multitasking
  • Supporting financial data analysis

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact


Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary health insurance and other benefits as applicable.




UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment. 


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