UNIsdr, Cairo, Egypt
STAFF ASSISTANT, G5|
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United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat|
19 January 2018 – 17 February 2018|
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Org. Setting and Reporting
Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNISDR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, UNISDR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
The position is located in the UNISDR Regional Office for the Arab States. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Regional Office.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Office, the incumbent:
– Provides direct assistance to the Chief of Office, and performs, under minimal supervision, full range of office management and administrative support functions. Assists in the development of office administrative systems and procedures.
– Maintains liaison with the Programme Officers in the Office and in other units regarding on-going programmes and other administrative matters; monitors processes and schedules related to the branch’s outputs, products, tasks, etc.
– Provides assistance in the coordination of Office-wide activities (meetings, training, etc.), special projects and events.
– Attends meetings, prepares minutes, and monitors follow-up activities.
– Maintains calendar/schedules; monitors changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit.
– Ensures smooth and efficient information flow within the branch; prepares and processes confidential information.
– Researches, compiles and summarizes background materials for use in preparation of reports, briefs, speeches, etc.
– Manages, updates and further develops internal databases; updates website; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases.
– Assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software.
– Orients new staff to relevant administrative procedures and practices and 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.
– 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.
– Maintains files (both paper and electronic) and databases for work unit.
– Carries out quality control function for outgoing documents; proofreads and edits texts for adherence for format, grammar, punctuation and style.
– 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 reports, vouchers, etc.) and assisting in protocol-related issues such as facilitating visa applications with concerned embassies. Acts as focal points for communication and IT-related issues in the office, liaising with the technical service provider as needed.
– Responds to complex information requests and inquiries (e.g. answers requests requiring file search, etc.).
– Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
– Knowledge of the full range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies essential to planning and executing effective campaign strategies and programmes, e.g. campaign management, media operations, marketing and promotion, audience outreach, message targeting;
– Knowledge of relevant policies and business activities/issues;
– 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.
-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 AND ORGANISING:
-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
High school diploma or equivalent.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of administrative services or other related area. A minimum of two years of experience in providing support to programme development, implementation and management is desirable. A minimum of two years’ experience in organising and handling all necessary arrangements for official receptions and/or technical meetings is desirable. Experience in working with an ERP such as Umoja and Inspira is desirable. Experience in undertaking representational duties and in supporting the preparation of presentations to intergovernmental bodies and meetings is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Passing the United Nations Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, ICTY or the Global General Services Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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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