|Posting Title:||Administrative Assistant, G6|
|Job Code Title:||ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT|
|Department/Office:||United Nations Office at Vienna|
|Posting Period:||05 October 2020 – 03 November 2020|
|Job Opening Number:||20-Administration-UNOV-142543-R-Vienna (O)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Shared Portfolio Services (SPS) team, Information Technology Service (ITS), Division for Management (DM), of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Team Leader of the Shared Portfolio Services (SPS) and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Information Technology Service (ITS).
For more information on UNOV-UNODC, please visit the following websites: www.unov.org and www.unodc.org .
Within assigned authority, the Administrative Assistant will perform the following specific duties:
Human Resources Management:
•Initiate, review, process and follow-up on actions related to the administration of the team’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.
•Respond to enquiries and provide 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.
•Oversee the maintenance of vacancy announcement files and keep track of status of vacancy announcements. Review and process personnel actions through Umoja.
•Monitor staffing table and prepare relevant statistical data/charts.
Budget and Finance:
•Assist in the preparation and review of financial and human resource proposals/requirements. Consolidate budget/work programme with respect to Headquarters’ budget, trust funds, grants and procurement.
•Monitor expenditures and compare with approved budget; prepare adjustments as necessary.
•Assist managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Assist in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
•Prepare or customize financial reports from SAP/UMOJA system generated reports. Summarize, through statistical tables, all departmental proposals reflecting budgetary and programmatic changes, retrieving information from different updated tables from the Budget Information System and compile frequently updated reports.
•Prepare notes of ACABQ and Fifth Committee deliberations on budgetary issues as requested/assigned.
• Co-ordinate with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
•Draft routine correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant administrative, financial audit, personnel matters.
•Coordinate extensively with service units and liaise frequently with internal team members both at Headquarters and in the field.
•Perform 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 seminars, conferences and translations).
•May be responsible for guiding, training, and supervising the work of more junior General Service staff.
•Assist with day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services.
•Audit the contractors’ invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.
•Process the payment of contractors’ invoices and monitor payments.
•Prepare and process all UN forms and permissions for contractual and work Unit, Section or Service UN staff including: UN grounds passes, property passes, UN parking permit, swipe-card access and door keys.
Perform other work-related duties as required.
•Professionalism: Has ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Is able to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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.
•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.
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
High school diploma or equivalent. Supplementary courses/training in accounting, procurement, finance, or other relevant field is an advantage.
A minimum of seven years of experience in administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a technical test and a 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. Non-local candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified and will be subject to local recruitment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Other Skills and Requirements
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.
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
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.
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