Job Opening

Posting Title: MEETINGS SERVICES ASSISTANT, G6
Job Code Title: MEETINGS SERVICES ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 November 2021 - 01 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Conference Services-DGACM-167106-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the ECOSOC Affairs Branch of the General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division (GAEAD) of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM). GAEAD facilitates the deliberation and decision-making process of intergovernmental and relevant United Nations expert bodies and United Nations conferences by providing substantive and conference management support. The Meetings Services Assistant reports to the Chief of the ECOSOC Affairs Branch.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

•Assisting in drafting procedural notes for the presiding officers of assigned meetings.
•Undertaking research and providing reference materials for preparation of briefs, notes and statements for presiding officers.
•Ensuring that all required services, including the availability and distribution of documents and personnel are available in order for meetings to convene according to the schedule.
•Ensuring that all preliminary logistic arrangements are made in advance for the efficient conduct of meetings, in in-person, hybrid and virtual formats.
•Preparing floor plan of seating arrangements in accordance with meeting requirements and UN protocol.
•Drafting announcements for publication in the United Nations Journal.
•Organizing and participating in preparatory coordination meetings with relevant offices and delegations regarding procedural and organizational arrangements for meetings.
•Making arrangements for video and teleconference activities.
•Maintaining and updating filing and reference system regarding procedures and reference materials for meetings.
•Servicing meetings to ensure the proper conduct of meetings in accordance with the rules of procedure of the General Assembly or ECOSOC, customary protocol and established practice.
•Drafting and circulating correspondence and notes.
•Responding to queries from delegations and Secretariat.
•Providing guidance/training, as needed, to junior staff.
•Participating in the recruitment and training of temporary assistants and interns.
•Assisting in maintaining the list of speakers.
•Assisting in supporting meetings held away from Headquarters, as required.
•Performing other duties as required

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the Organization’s conference policies, procedures and practices and of the work of intergovernmental bodies, including rules of procedure. Demonstrated use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipate next steps. Ability to research, select, organize and summarize information required for the preparation of meetings. 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 & 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Job - Specific Qualification

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.

The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.

Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in conference support and meetings servicing or related area is required.

Experience in conference support to intergovernmental bodies and in dealing with policies, procedures and practices of intergovernmental bodies is required.

Experience in using electronic programmes, databases and documentation management software is required.

Experience working in an international organization, including in the field of administration 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 a second official UN language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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