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Administrative Assistant - Djibouti

Administrative Assistant - Djibouti

United Nations Secretariat (UN)
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Secretary-General launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator - the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level - support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs.

This position is located in the Resident Coordinator’s Office, and reports to the Resident Coordinator Team Leader.

Within delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

Human Resources Management
• Initiates, reviews, processes and follows-up on actions related to the administration of the unit’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment of staff and consultants, placement, promotion, relocation, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures.
• Responds to enquiries and provides information and advice to staff regarding their entitlements, administrative procedures, processes and practices, conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
• Oversees the maintenance of vacancy announcement files and keeps track of status of vacancy announcements. Reviews and processes personnel actions through Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP – known as Umoja in the UN).
• Monitors staffing table and prepare relevant statistical data/charts.

Budget and Finance
• Assists in the preparation and review of financial and human resource proposals/requirements. Consolidates budget/work programme with respect to Headquarters’ budget, trust funds, grants and procurement.
• Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary.
• Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
• Assists in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures
• Prepares or customizes financial reports from Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP – known as Umoja in the UN) system generated reports.
• Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.

General Administration

• Drafts routine correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant administrative, financial audit, personnel matters.
• Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members both at Headquarters and in the field.
• 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 events, seminars, conferences and translations).
• Acts as a focal point for Umoja requisitioner and petty cash custodian for the Country Office
• May be responsible for guiding, training, and supervising the work of more junior General Service staff.

Contract Administration/Procurement
• Provides operational coordination and administrative services in Umoja, to support procurement projects and activities, following standard processes; raise requests for goods, services, and hiring of consultants/individual contractors
• Reviews and prepares requirements and scope of work and specifications of goods and services and necessary documentations in consultation with relevant stakeholders
• Coordinates with day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for goods and services
• Maintains internal files and relevant documentations for procurement activities
• Inspects and receipts goods/services received against the purchase order, invoices provided by the contractor and perform asset management activities
• Processes the payment of contractors' invoices and monitor payments upon satisfactory receipt and performance
• Prepares and processes all UN forms and permissions for contractual and work Unit, Section or Service UN staff, including: UN grounds passes, property passes, UN parking permits, swipe-card access and door keys.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area is required.

Work experience with an Enterprise Resources Planning system, such as Umoja or similar, is desirable.

Work experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of” equals a rating of' confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis and is open for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension subject to legislative body funding availability.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.