Job Opening

Posting Title: Administrative Assistant, G6
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 September 2021 - 23 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-OIOS-161620-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Administrative Unit of the Investigations Division (ID) in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). The Administrative Unit supports the Division in planning, implementing, and reporting the utilization of resources, and covers all aspects of administration from recruitment, procurement, IT support, and finance. The Administrative Assistant will report to the Administrative Officer.

The Office of Internal Oversight Services is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and to the General Assembly. ID/OIOS investigates reports of possible violations of rules, regulations, mismanagement, misconduct, waste of resources, and abuse of authority.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for the following duties in support of the Investigations Division and the Administrative Office:

Human Resources Management:
- Recruitment: create and advertise job openings, coordinate testing and interviews, liaise with hiring managers on candidate evaluation, enter evaluation data in INSPIRA and submit required documentation to EO colleagues
- Archive and update personnel folders for ID staff of all offices (recruitment, personal actions, contract extensions, medical documents and personal history records)
- File and maintain correspondence in relation to recruitment and other actions
- Draft contract extension requests and Special Post Allowance requests for the review of the Administrative Officer, signature of the Director, and submission to the EO and/or ORB
- Monitor the completion of performance documents: track submission and completion of ePerformance documents for NY staff members
- Maintain and update division staffing table with staff data and contract data
- Update monthly reports for the EO office of JO changes and staff movement, staffing table and organizational charts
- Assist in the preparation of post classification
- Monitor and update mandatory training compliance
- Monitor and record flexible working arrangement contracts for the Division and keep staff location and addresses up to date
- Assist with onboarding communication to new staff members

Office space and access:
- Provide administrative and logistics support for meetings and conferences as required
- Coordinate office space or moving requests and seating arrangements with FMS, including meetings and walk-thru
- Manage office access: Assign keys as necessary and maintain log of all access keys to the divisional offices, file rooms, cabinets, desks, etc. Request new keys when needed and pick up from Locksmith
- Manage electronic access to the office premises: Coordinate with the EO and Locksmith to grant or remove e-access as necessary
- Coordinate and approve availability of conference and interview rooms for staff use
- Provide newly on-boarding staff with UN materials, e.g. maps, directories, mandatory training links, etc.

General Administration:
- Assist the Director's office with administrative support as needed for meetings, conferences, and investigation-related tasks
- Manage the Director's travel arrangements as needed
- Liaise with other offices on behalf of the director for meetings and document signatures
- Assist visitors with administrative tasks


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 International Organization 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.

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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

Seven years of relevant experience in administrative support, including human resources administration, is required.
Experience in working in an international organization or similar environment is desirable.
Experience in working with ERP systems (such as SAP or Peoplesoft) is desirable.
Experience in supporting remotely working staff members is desirable.
Experience in recruitment through an HRIS or similar HR application is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

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. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters, the Economic Commission for Africa, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the United Nations Office at Geneva, the United Nations Office at Vienna, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, or the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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.

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