Job Opening

Posting Title: Administrative Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 23 July 2021 - 21 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-ESCAP-160296-R-Bangkok (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is to provide overall administrative support for the project "Strengthening the capacity of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in data and statistics, resilience and connectivity for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

This position is located in the Office of the Director, in the Statistics Division. The incumbent reports to the NRL Expert on Capacity Building of Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the NRL Expert on Capacity Building of Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and overall supervision of the Senior Programme Officer (designated project manager), in SOENEA and the Regional Advisor on Official Statistics, SD, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

Human Resources Management
•Initiates, reviews, processes and follows up on actions related to the administration and the recruitment of consultants ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures.

Budget and Finance
•Monitors status of expenditures and allotments through Umoja, records variations, updates budget tables.
•Consolidates data received and provides support to higher-level staff with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
•Reviews status of relevant expenditures and compares with approved budget.
•Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged and (b) availability of funds.
•Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
•Prepares statistical tables and standard financial reports.

General Administration
•Prepares, processes and follows-up on administrative arrangements and forms related to the official travel of staff, consultants and meeting participants.
•Assist the project team in collecting and compiling information relevant to the project.
•Monitor decisions under the UN Security Council 1718 Sanctions Committee, particularly, pertaining to the overseas trip of DPRK officials and experts.
•Drafts routine correspondence.
•Maintains files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation.
•Maintains up-to-date work unit files (both paper and electronic).
•Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members of the project.
•Assists in the monitoring of project implementation and preparation of activity reports.
•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; identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems; organizing and coordinating administrative arrangements for seminars, conferences and translations.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Contract Administration
•Assists with day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services.
•Assists in the preparation of letter of agreement with partner institutions.
•Audits 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.
•Prepares and processes all UN forms and permissions for contractual and work Unit, Section or Service UN staff.

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; 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.

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 progressively responsible experience in administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area is required.
Experience in the United Nations Common System or international organizations is desirable.
Experience in assisting in the project development and management involving external partners 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 UN official language is an advantage.

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 ESCAP office, 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.

This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

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.

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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