Job Opening

Posting Title: Library Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: LIBRARY ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 23 September 2021 - 22 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Documentation and Information -ECA-163271-R-Addis Ababa (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions, which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique; position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

This position is located in the Knowledge Management Services Section of the Publications Conference and Knowledge Management Division (KMSS/PCKMD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Library Assistant will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Associate Librarian and overall supervision of the Chief of KMSS:

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Library Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

•Performs basic library circulation functions, including retrieval, check-out, discharge and recalls of materials.
•Conducts research preparatory to updating selected resources and performs initial actions in order to acquire updated materials.
•Performs collection maintenance according to the library’s classification systems and specialized collection arrangements including shelf reading, shelving and weeding.
•Supports more senior library staff in the maintenance and development of electronic and other reference tools, and the compilation of bibliographies.
•Assists in accessioning, disposition, complete bibliographic descriptions using cataloguing standard (MARC21, AACR2, Thesauri etc.), and database updating activities as they relate to individual collections.
•Provide technical support for public access computers and instructions to library patrons using electronic resources and reference tools
•Satisfies requirements for the procurement, payment and inspection of goods and services using IMIS applications.
•Performs digitization functions, including scanning, creating digital objects and postings to designated repositories.
•Participates in the content development and maintenance of library Web Site.
•Provide technical support for public access computers and instruction to library patrons using electronic resources and reference tools.
•Assist in the client engagement, outreach, marketing and liaison activities of the section including; social media sites, Current Awareness services; cultural activities, in-house library displays, exhibitions, knowledge fairs and Library tours.
•Assist with the Library’s client services interactions, conducting research, updating selected resources and rendering reference services to library users on site and online
•Assist in the maintenance of the library's serial collection, managing the daily processing of serials, including check-in, routing, updating links to electronic serials and database vendors.
•Maintains statistics on library attendance and resources usage, analysing them to identify challenge areas and opportunities for new services.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge and experience of library services operations and application of information technology for modern library services operations, including digital repositories and electronic resources management. Knowledge of client services and marketing of library resources. Ability to undertake relevant research, maintain records in a systematic fashion and retrieve necessary materials with maximum speed and accuracy. 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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Must have passed the United Nations Global General Services Test (GGST). Please see Special Notice section for more information.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of experience in library work, archives, information management or related field is required.
Experience with of library services operations and application of information technology for modern library services operations, including digital repositories and electronic resources management is desirable.
In-depth experience with client services and marketing of library resources is desirable
Experience undertaking relevant research, maintaining records in a systematic fashion and retrieving necessary materials with maximum speed and accuracy is desirable
Experience in the development of marketing materials and use of social media for marketing is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. 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 a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

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. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.

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.

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 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.

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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