Programme Management Assistant
Application deadline 11 days ago: Thursday 16 Jun 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Americas Division (AD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs in New York. The Americas Division is one of the regional Divisions within the shared structure of DPPA and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and has five sub regional teams, each composed of desk officers and a team leader who reports to the Director and the Deputy Director of the Division. The Programme Management Assistant will report to the team leader of one of the subregional teams.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Staff Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Performs, under minimal supervision, the full range of office management and administrative support functions; typically provides direct assistance to the Team Leader and members of the team.
Maintains liaison with relevant staff in the Americas Division, in other DPPA and DPO divisions and Secretariat offices regarding on-going programmes and other administrative matters; monitors processes and schedules related to the team's outputs, products, tasks, etc. Ensures smooth and efficient information flow within the team; 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, in English and Spanish.
Assists the team leader in the management, monitoring and evaluation of projects funded with extra-budgetary resources allocated to the Division.
Verifies availability of funds; ensures necessary approval, processing in the computerized system.
Serves as focal point for administrative coordination of programme activities, involving liaison within DPPA and with the Executive Office to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training/, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.
Provides assistance in the coordination of service-wide activities (meetings, training, etc.), special projects and events. Provides general assistance to other office support staff, as required;
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 and Excel software to produce a wide variety of large, complex documents and reports.
Manages, updates and further develops internal databases; generates a variety of standard and nonstandard 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.
May provide some specialized support to unit (e.g. technology support, editing, desktop publishing, etc.).
Maintains calendar/schedules; monitors changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit.
Performs a variety of administrative duties (e.g. leave recording, meeting organization, reservations, office supply and equipment orders, etc.), including preparing and/or processing administrative requests/documents (e.g., travel requests, expense claims, vouchers, visa applications, etc.).
Maintains files (both paper and electronic) and databases for work unit.
Performs other 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. Familiarity with the Americas region and political issues in the region. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
PLANNING & 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. Higher education in project administration is desirable
Work Experience A minimum of five years of experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area is required.
Experience working within the United Nations System or similar international setting is desirable
Experience in political issues in the Americas region is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish 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 temporarily available until 31 December 2022. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
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