Job Opening

Posting Title: STAFF ASSISTANT, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: STAFF ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 October 2020 - 01 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Administration-UNEP-143151-J-Nairobi (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. This post is located in the UNEP Executive Office at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director and overall guidance of the Coordinator, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

1. Ensuring efficient information flow within the immediate office of the Deputy Executive Director and within the Executive Office:

• Attending to and screening incoming calls and/or re-routing them to the relevant offices and officers with a clear notice of confidentiality and discretion;
• Screening incoming mail for the Deputy Executive Director, distinguishing any confidential matters and forwarding routine correspondence to Administrative Assistant responsible for logging and appropriate follow-up;
• Following-up on actions to be taken indicated in the correspondence tracking system, Unite Docs, on a weekly basis in liaison with the Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director;
• Assisting in drafting correspondence, as required, for the signature of the Deputy Executive Director;
• Assisting with responding to requests on documents from the Deputy Executive Director's office;
• Finalizing urgent draft letters requiring the Deputy Executive Director's signature.

2. Providing administrative support to the Executive Office in coordination with the Coordinator:
• Undertaking all logistical travel planning for Executive Office including the Special Assistants (as applicable) on official missions and other staff;
• Liaising with travel agents to provide options for Executive Office staff travel and related costings;
• Making hotel reservations, airport transfers, security clearances; Informing all relevant parties of the Executive Director's and Deputy Executive Director's travel plans in accordance with standard operating procedures.

3. Receiving high-ranking officials attending meetings with the Deputy Executive Director.

4. Providing full back-up support to the Personal Assistant and to the Deputy Executive Director as and when required.

5. Performing other related duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of general office and administrative support including but not limited to administrative policies, processes and procedures related to budget, finance, procurement, legal agreements and human resources. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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.

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.

Education

Completion of secondary education is required. Supplementary training in secretarial, administration or project management, or other related area, 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. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in secretarial and text processing work or related area is required.
Working knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as SAP (Umoja) is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Note: This is a temporary Job Opening. Appointment against this position is for a duration of 364 days, a limited duration and does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal. 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.

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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.

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No Fee

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