Job Opening

Posting Title: STAFF ASSISTANT, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: STAFF ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 May 2020 - 26 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Administration-UNEP-135764-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The Environment Management Group (EMG) was established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 53/242in 1999 and is chaired by the Executive Director of UNEP. It aims at enhancing cooperation in the field of environment and human settlements within and beyond the UN system. This post is located in the UNEP EMG Secretariat in Geneva.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Office, EMG Secretariat in Geneva, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

- Perform, under minimal supervision, the full range of office management and administrative support functions; typically provide direct assistance to the Head of the EMG Secretariat;

- Establish and maintain a document/work assignment tracking system including receiving, screening, logging and routing as well as maintaining a system for follow-up and retrieval;

- Maintain liaison with the Head of the Office and with senior officials in other sections regarding on-going programmes and other administrative matters; monitor processes and schedules related to the Section’s outputs, products, tasks, etc.;

- Ensure smooth and efficient information flow within the Section; prepare and process confidential information; assist in the development of office administrative systems and procedures;

- Research, compile and summarize background materials for use in preparation of reports, briefs, speeches, etc.;

- Provide assistance in the coordination of service-wide activities (meetings, training, etc.), special projects and events;

- Orient new staff to relevant administrative procedures and practices and provides general assistance to other EMG staff;

- Attend meetings, prepare minutes, and monitor follow-up activities;

- Draft responses or respond 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;

- Manage, update and further develop internal databases; update website; newsletters, generate a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases;

- Actively participate and follow up the implementation of unite doc, SharePoint and ineed service systems within the section;

- Carry out quality control function for outgoing documents; proofread and edit texts for adherence for format, grammar, punctuation and style;

- Respond to complex information requests and inquiries (e.g. answers requests requiring file search, etc.);

- Assist in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software;

- Maintain calendar/schedules; monitor changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff within the Secretariat;

- Perform a variety of administrative duties (e.g. meeting organization, reservations, office supply and equipment orders, etc.), including preparing and/or processing administrative requests/documents (e.g., travel requests, expense claims, vouchers, visa applications, etc.);

-Assist in preparing the work plan and budget plans, revisions and reports on implementation of the project document; perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., administration, finance, human resources, general office support, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources policies, procedures, 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and 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.

Education

Completion of secondary education is required. Additional training in administration or other relevant field desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language an added advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for six months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

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.

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