Administrative Assistant

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Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance - Office of the Under-Secretary-General

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Contract

This is a G-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about G-5 contracts.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Sustainability and Resilience Management Section (SRMS), Office of the Under-Secretary-General (OUSG) for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The position reports to the Chief SRMS and supports one or more senior officers of OUSG. This position provides direct administrative support to the Sustainability and Resilience Management Section, including the organization and maintaining of electronic files and SharePoint sites as well as supporting meetings of working groups and communities of practice. The post also supports functions related to providing back-up support to the USG and official correspondence.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the following duties: Human Resources Management • Initiates, processes, monitors, reviews and follows-up on actions related to the administration of the section’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, relocation, promotion, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of regulations and procedures. • Enters and maintains administrative data and records for time and attendance, etc. in electronic information systems. • Provides advice and guidance to staff with respect to administrative procedures, processes and practices, liaising with DMSPC Business Partner Service and the Department of Operational Support as necessary. Budget and Finance • Monitors status of expenditures and allotments through Umoja , records variations, updates budget tables. • Consolidates data received and provides support to higher-level staff with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies. • Reviews status of relevant expenditures and compares with approved budget. • Records requisitions for goods and services in Umoja ensuring (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged and (b) correct description of line items. • Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions. • Prepares statistical tables and standard financial reports. General Administration • Prepares, processes and follows-up on administrative arrangements and forms related to the official travel of staff. • Drafts routine correspondence. • Maintains files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation. • Maintains up-to-date work section files (both paper and electronic). • Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members across the Secretariat. • Performs other related administrative duties, as required, e.g., operational travel programme; monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services; physical space planning; identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems; organizing and coordinating administrative arrangements for seminars, conferences and translations. Other duties • Provides direct assistance to senior officers or managers of OUSG regarding on-going programmes and other administrative matters; monitors processes and schedules related to the section’s outputs, products, tasks, etc. • Ensures smooth and efficient information flow within the section; prepares and processes confidential information; assists in the development of office administrative systems and procedures. • Researches, compiles and summarizes background materials for use in preparation of reports, briefs, speeches, etc. • Provides assistance in the coordination of section-wide activities (meetings, training, etc.), special projects and events. • Provides general assistance to other office support staff, as required; may coordinate the work of office support staff in providing meetings servicing/administrative support to various sessions of commissions and other bodies. • Attends meetings, prepares minutes, monitors follow-up activities. • Responds or drafts responses to a wide range of correspondence and other communications; uses standard word processing package to produce a wide variety of large, complex documents and reports. • Manages, updates and further develops internal databases; updates website; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases. • Carries out quality control function for outgoing documents; proofreads and edits texts for adherence for format, grammar, punctuation and style. • Responds to complex information requests and inquiries (e.g. answers requests requiring file search, etc.). • Assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in general office support or related area is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to three (3) years for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher. At least two (2) years of experience with Office 365 tools including SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lists, and Teams is required. Experience organizing and supporting MS Teams events is desirable. Experience in supporting the coordination of multi-stakeholder hybrid meetings is desirable. Experience with developing SharePoint sites and lists is desirable. Experience in organizational resilience and sustainability is desirable. Experience working with data analytics and visualization tools and developing data analytics and visualization reports and dashboards is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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