Job Opening

Posting Title: Administrative Associate, G7
Job Code Title: SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department of Political Affairs and Peace-building
Duty Station: NAY PYI TAW
Posting Period: 15 July 2019 - 13 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Administration-DPPA-120074-R- (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Nay Pyi Taw and will support the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (OSESG) on Myanmar. The Administrative Associate reports directly to the Head of Office and to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar.

Responsibilities

The Office of the Special Envoy supports the implementation of the Secretary-General’s good offices General Assembly mandate on Myanmar.

Human Resources Management
•Coordinates various actions related to the administration of the unit’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, promotion, relocation, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures. Liaises with ESCAP administration/executive services as required.
•Reviews and processes personnel actions through Umoja.
•Advises staff on visa matters.
•Provides information and advice to staff/consultants with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
•Coordinates with ESCAP on entitlements-related claims and reports.

Budget and Finance
•Provides expert assistance in the preparation and development of the unit’s work programme and budget.
•Assists in monitoring budget/work programme with respect to various budgets, trust funds, grant and other funds on a regular basis, and suggests reallocations of resources and implements the reallocations as necessary.
•Collects data from relevant databases and prepares customized financial reports.
•Provides assistance in the review, and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions.
•Reviews, analyses and assists in the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from departments/offices at headquarters and in the field, including programmatic aspects; ensures compliance with the medium-term plan and other legislative mandates.
•Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Monitors budget implementation/expenditures and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
•Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
•Monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
•Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
•Assists in finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.

General Administration
•Provides guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
•Provides assistance in drafting of host country agreements, budget agreements, or contributions for grants or other activities as appropriate.
•Identifies and resolves diverse issues/problems as they arise, and determines appropriate actions.
•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 and the identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems, organize and coordinate seminars, conferences and translations)
•Drafts NVs and letters for OSESG and the Special Envoy.

Contract Administration
•Assists with day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services.
•Identifies vendors, aAudits the contractors' invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.
•Processes the payment of contractors' invoices and monitor payments.

Document management
•Filing
•Institutional memory and tracking
•Security

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English and in Burmese; 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; can undertake translation of short notes from English into Burmese and from Burmese into English and revise translations from English into Burmese by others.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. A recognized first-level university degree in a relevant field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of experience in administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area is required.

Experience with the United Nations Common System is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Working knowledge of Burmese is highly desirable.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (OSESG) on Myanmar, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. If no suitable local candidate is identified, candidates located elsewhere may be considered. The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in taking the relevant examinations at the duty station, and of any costs related to traveling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an employment offer.

Must have passed the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.

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.

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Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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