Job Opening

Posting Title: Staff Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: STAFF ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 05 June 2020 - 04 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Administration-ESCWA-136784-R-Beirut (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 under Subprogramme 1: 'Climate change and natural resource sustainability' of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). Within this Subprogramme, the Staff Assistant supports the project 'Regional Initiative for Promoting Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region'. Under the overall supervision of the Director of Subprogramme 1, the incumbent reports to the Chief of the Energy Section.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the Staff Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Performs, under minimal supervision, the full range of office management and administrative support functions;
2.Maintains liaison with senior officials in other projects regarding on-going programmes and other administrative matters; monitors processes and schedules related to the project’s outputs, products, tasks, etc.;
3.Ensures smooth and efficient information flow within the project; prepares and processes confidential information; assists in the development of office administrative systems and procedures;
4.Researches, compiles and summarizes background materials for use in preparation of reports, briefs, speeches, etc. on specific project-related topics;
5.Provides assistance in the coordination of service-wide activities (meetings, training, etc.), special projects and events;
6.Monitors status of expenditures and allotments, records variations, updates budget tables;
7.Reviews status of relevant expenditures and compares with the project’s approved budget;Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged and (b) availability of funds;
8.Coordinate the work of office support staff in providing meetings servicing/administrative support to various sessions of commissions and other bodies;
9.Attends meetings, prepares minutes, monitors follow-up activities;
10.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;
11.Carries out quality control function for outgoing documents; proofreads and edits texts for adherence for format, grammar, punctuation and style;
12.Responds to complex information requests and inquiries (e.g. answers requests requiring file search, etc.);
13.Assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software;
14.May provide some specialized support to unit (e.g. technology support, editing, desktop publishing, etc.);
15.Maintains calendar/schedules; monitors changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate project’s work;
16.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 claims, vouchers, visa applications, etc.);
17.Maintains files (both paper and electronic) and databases for the project;
18.Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. 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.

•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& 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

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in general office support or related area is required.
Demonstrated experience working with an ERP system is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required.
Fluency in Arabic is required.
Knowledge in French is desirable.

Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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 when they are short-listed for a job opening. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) 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 per applicable eligibility guidelines.

In addition to the above, the shortlisted candidates may undergo a substantive written assessment related to the functions of the post and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

•This project position is available for one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.

•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. If no suitable candidate is identified, overseas candidates will be considered subject to a passing grade on the relevant entry-level examinations at the duty station. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

•The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in order to attend assessments and interviews and, in the event of an employment offer, any costs related to travel and relocation to the duty station.

•Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

•The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position

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

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