Posting Title:ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, G6
Job Code Title:ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Department/Office:United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station:NAIROBI; NAIROBI;
Posting Period:19 October 2020 – 17 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Administration-UNON-142179-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services (www.unon.org). The post is located in the Conference Support Section of the Division of Conference Services, United Nations Office at Nairobi. Under the direct supervision of the Finance and Budget Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Human Resources Management:

a) Coordinate actions on human resource activities within the Division, in recruitment of temporary language staff and other support staff servicing conferences in and outside the duty station.
b) Prepare letters of Offer and Appointment in accordance with the UN Regulations and Rules governing temporary appointments and liaise with HRMS-UNON to ensure staff are medically cleared.
c) Review salary emoluments of language staff and take corrective action, as necessary. Review source documents for completeness, accuracy, and validity of payments; Investigate erroneous payments and take corrective accounting actions. Communicate with relevant Sections/staff regarding missing documentation or any other issues related to discrepancies between their contracts and claims.
d) Liaise with Accounts Section and UNON Treasury to ascertain that payments of the temporary conference staff are disbursed timely upon completion of their assignment and act as necessary where delays occur.
e) Consult with counterparts in UNOG/UNOV and/or AIIC/AITC guidelines to ensure best practice.
(f) Liaise with and advise temporary staff on the status of their payments.
(g) Monitor staffing table to ensure that contract extensions are carried out on time and that vacancies are flagged out to the respective Section Chiefs for timely filling of vacant posts.
(h) Monitor implementation and compliance with existing regulations through review of personnel actions processed in Umoja; monitors Umoja ECC reports and staffing tables for a variety of human resources activities.
(i) Coordinate actions related to recruitment of individual contracts and consultants. Ensure that performance review is done on timely basis to ensure timely payment of contracts.

2. Travel:
a) Coordinate all travel arrangements and requests for the Division of Conference Services. Ensure that UN travel Rules and Regulations, International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) and International Association of Conference Translators AIITC) regulations are strictly followed and adhered to by.
c) Investigate travel related complaints and respond promptly to any queries from travelers; Provide authoritative advice and guidance to travelers within the Division of Conference Services (DCS), in matters regarding travel to meetings and other official missions.
d) Follow up on outstanding travel claims to ensure that travel obligations are liquidated before preparation of financial statements and generate statistics as required for performance reporting.

3. Other duties:
Draft correspondence in response to inquiries on administrative areas of work assigned. Identify diverse administrative and finance issues/problems and recommend appropriate line of action. Maintain organized and up-to-date HR documents and records. Ensure that accurate and complete administrative records, reports, and internal controls are functioning, and all relevant records and audit trail is maintained. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, procedures and practices and ability to interpret and apply them in an organizational setting. Demonstrates use of initiative and makes appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipates next steps. 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.

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.

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.

Education

Completion of secondary education or equivalent is required. Additional technical training in the field of Administration, financial management or human resources management 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. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be
accepted in lieu of the GGST.

The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years relevant and progressive work experience in administration, human resources, finance, or related area is required.
Experience in administering a broad range of personnel actions, entitlements and benefits using an ERP system in an international organization is required.
Experience in MS Excel, and other analytical/reporting tools 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 UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred to take-up the appointment.

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.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

 

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.


No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Above texts are copied from United Nations Official Web Page (careers.un.org) 
Copyright 2020 United Nations. All rights reserved

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