Job Opening

Posting Title: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, FS5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Duty Station: KHARTOUM
Posting Period: 11 January 2022 - 17 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Administration-UNITAMS-172280-J-Khartoum (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Mission Support (CMS) United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The incumbent will report to the Chief Mission Support.


Under the direct supervision of the CMS, the Administrative Assistant provides high quality administrative, management and secretarial support to the CMS and ensures the effective and smooth flow of work within the CMS's office. Within the limits of delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant will perform the following duties:

•Prepares and coordinates the daily agenda of the CMS and the tentative agenda of his/her future commitments; •Receives and requests appointments, receives high-ranking visitors and coordinates their visits;
•Follows up on invitations, changes of dates and/or venues of meetings and deadlines for scheduled appointments/meetings based on workload and protocol requirements and prepare relevant material for such appointments/meetings;
•Notify all relevant professional staff of the daily appointments and coordinate the attendance of the necessary staff; •Screen all telephone calls/enquiries and direct them to relevant officials;
•Make all internal and external calls relevant to the CMS’s programme and/or as requested by the CMS;
•Organize all administrative requirements with respect to the CMS official travel by making travel arrangements and coordinating all administrative, logistical and security requirements, and remit relevant travel documentation to the Travel Unit upon CMS’s return;
•Ensure that all concerned parties are informed of the CMS’s scheduled activities;
•Anticipate CMS's requirements for background material and ensure compilation of briefing material for appointments, meetings, or missions are complete and up-to-date;
•Maintains an overview of the work of the CMS’s office to ensure that timely administrative support is provided in general and specialized areas;
•Prepare correspondence and justifications as required on general administrative or specialized tasks that may be of a confidential nature within assigned areas of responsibility as assigned by the CMS;
•Establish and maintain a filing system for CMS's correspondence and files, drafts and dispatches routine correspondence as instructed, as well as memoranda of an administrative nature;
•Provide administrative support related to the recruitment of staff for the Office of the CMS;
•Monitor attendance, sick leave and annual leave of staff reporting to the CMS;
•Refer and highlight issues which require immediate attention of the CMS;
•Coordinate the secretarial service of the office, distributes special assignments to other staff in the unit and clear correspondence for the supervisor's signature;
•Take dictation, using either shorthand or directly on computer on a variety of subject-matters and transcribe, ensuring that spelling, punctuation and format are correct, and where necessary, maintaining a high-level of confidentiality; •Operate crypto devices and equipment to send and receive code cables;
•Maintain policy, confidential (code cables) and general management files;
•Perform any other duties that may be assigned.


Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, which should include budget/work programme, human resources and database management; Knowledge of the UN systems and Staff Regulations and Rules; Proven capability to put all the above knowledge to work, working independently with a high degree of responsibility; Proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word) and other IT applications is required. Computer skills including all packages and data base management is an advantage. 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.

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 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.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional technical training in secretarial or administration is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (8) years of progressive work experience in secretarial, administration or related field working for a senior official is required.

Experience working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team is required.

At least five (5) years of work experience in conflict or post-conflict field operations is desirable.

Experience operating cryptographic devices for handling confidential communication is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Basic knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Special Notice

The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.

Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by national authorities, selected candidates may be required to start the assignment/appointment remotely, in agreement with the hiring manager, and until further 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. 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. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days. 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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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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