Programme Assistant (, part-time 50%)
Application deadline 1 year ago: Thursday 12 Jan 2023 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of a Programme Officer within the Office of the Director (OD) and under the general guidance of the Programme Management Officer in the Office of the Director (OD) of UNOOSA. The incumbent will collaborate with other Sections, such as the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section (CPLA) and the Space Applications Section (SAS), as appropriate.
UNOOSA implements the programme on the peaceful uses of outer space, which works to bring the benefits of space to humankind by promoting international cooperation in space activities. The main responsibilities carried out by the Office under the programme are: to serve as the secretariat to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its subsidiary bodies, as executive secretariat to the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems and its Providers’ Forum and as the secretariat to the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group; to implement the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and the Programme on the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response; to maintain the Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space; and to discharge the responsibilities of the Secretary-General under the United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space and related resolutions.
Responsibilities Within assigned authority, the Programme Assistant (50%) will administratively support colleagues to implement the extrabudgetary project entitled ‘The Registration Project: Supporting Implementation of Treaty Obligations related to the Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space.’, which will: enhance international expertise related to the registration of objects launched into outer space; support Member States and States Parties to implement their international commitments related to registration. The incumbent will administratively support managers in addressing current and potential future challenges on registration, which can be addressed through capacity-building or facilitating dialogues aimed at improving policy coherence among national entities or focal points. The Registration Project will target Member States, launch providers, industry, satellite developers, and international organisations on the topic of registering space objects. The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
- Assist in the coordination of programme/project planning and preparation work for the project initiatives; monitor status of programme/project proposals and receipt of relevant documentation for review and approval.
- Compile, summarize, and present basic information/data on the project and related topics or issues.
- Review project documents, especially cost plans/budgets, for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identify inconsistencies; distribute project documents to relevant parties upon approval.
- Review budget revisions; verify availability of funds; ensure necessary approval and entry in computerized budget system.
- Serve as focal point for administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with diverse organizational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training/study tours, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.
- Engage and coordinate with other parts of the UN system, where applicable to the implementation of the project (e.g., service providers).
- Compile, summarize and enter data on project delivery; draft related status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, budget overruns, etc, and bring to the attention of management.
- Draft correspondence on budget-related issues and prepare and update periodic reports, briefing notes, graphic and statistical summaries, accounting spreadsheets, etc.
- Provide general office assistance; respond to complex information requests and inquiries; review, log and route incoming correspondence; set up and maintain files/records; organize meetings, workshops; handle routine administrative tasks, such as maintaining attendance records, assessing telephone billing, etc.
- Assist with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
- Assist with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
- Provide guidance/training to new/junior staff.
Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
Competencies - PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Education High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Job - Specific Qualification Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite, i.e. is required, for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.
The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.
Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
Work Experience A minimum of five years of experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area is required.
Work experience in organizing events is required.
Work experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required.
Work experience with SAP/UMOJA is desirable.
Work experience in reviewing programme budgets is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
Special Notice This is a temporary part-time (50%) position. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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