Job Opening

Posting Title: Property Management Officer, P3
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 08 July 2022 - 05 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Property and Asset Management-ECA-183588-R-Addis Ababa (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) 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 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 solutions 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 Property Management Unit, Supply Chain Management Section, Office of the Director, Division of Administration (DoA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Property Management Officer works under the direct supervision of the Chief of Supply Chain Management section and the overall directive of the Director of Division of Administrative.


Within delegated authority and under the overall supervision of the Chief, Supply Chain Management Section, the Property Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Plans the property management operations, monitors progress through statistical analysis of database records and monthly progress reports for the Unit;
• Monitors ongoing operations of the Unit and regular site visits to the warehouses and other storage locations, including physical inspections and verification of UNECA property;
• Responsible for the overall reporting, including periodic physical verification of and disposal of assets held at the SROs;
• Assist with the analysis and monitoring of the effectiveness and execution of asset control procedures in ECA and its Sub-Regional offices (SROs) to ensure compliance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations;
• Liaises with the Self Accounting Units, Procurement Section and Security and Safety Section at ECA on matters related to Inventory Control, Receiving and Inspection as well as Disposal activities of UNECA Property;
• Plans regularly and supervises proper disposal of hazardous waste, of written-off property and of some commodities representing a risk to the environment, in order to avoid any pollution or contamination;
• Ensures timely and effective acquisition planning for corporate goods and services, whose acquisition has been centralized within SCMS (furniture, office equipment, commercial services, catering etc.), including the contract management of any resulting long-term contracts/agreements;
• Manage the contracts of commercial services on the compound.
• Oversees the maintenance of accurate and auditable records, in both hard and electronic format, for accountability of UN Property at ECA in conformity with Administrative Instructions, Logistics Division (LD)/Department of Operational Support (DOS) guidelines and ECA Property Management standard operating procedures;
• Align the Unit’s priorities with the Strategic Guidance and Performance Management Framework on the Management of Property issued by Global Asset Management Policy Service (GAMPS);
• Ensures proper utilization and enhancement, as required, of the established business intelligence and management tools to monitor and evaluate the overall progress of UNECA’s property management activities;
• Formulate user requirements for IT systems in support of materials management and supply chain activities (link between Acquisition Plan and Warehousing activities), including contributing to the development of ECA-specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), dashboards, Business Intelligence reports and ensure integrated and automatic reporting solutions;
• Oversees the incoming shipments and ensures they are processed through Umoja and ensure timely preparation of Receiving and Inspection reports in Umoja;
• Monitors UNECA inventory, ensuring that anomalies are identified in discrepancy reports and addressed immediately;
• Oversees the preparation of periodic performance reports in line with the Office of Supply Chain Management (OSCM/DOS) quarterly performance report, reviews and ensures accuracy of data entered in Umoja;
• Prepares accurate and auditable statistical reports for management and the LD/DOS and draft correspondence, as required;
• Oversees the compilation and drafting of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and flow charts relating to all aspects of Property Management activities within the context of the overall mandate of the Section/Unit, including terms of reference and job descriptions for the Staff in the Unit;
• Identifies issues and implement solutions to problematic areas related to Property Management;
• Oversees the maintenance of capitalized and non-capitalized fixed assets by recording information related to Property, Plant & Equipment (PPE), ensures accuracy and integrity of property records in accordance with the IPSAS Policy Framework and related policies and procedures;
• Ensures accurate tracking of existing PP&E assets, implements and monitors the periodic physical verification process;
• In collaboration with the Budget & Finance Section, prepares and verifies periodic IPSAS financial reports on PP&E and Inventory (year-end reports, monthly reports), including reconciliation of discrepancies, and ensures timely submission as per OSCM Guidelines;
• Ensures timely response/implementation of audit queries and/or recommendations related to property management; that an effective support organization for the inventory management system and internal controls for UNECA property is sustained;
• Support and provide inputs to the risk profiling and implementation of risk mitigation measures in relation to property/inventory management, ensure timely implementation of audit queries and/or recommendations, and maintenance of effective inventory management system and internal controls for UNECA property;
• Act as the administrative officer for the section.
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to manage a diverse range of property management services; analytical capacity and proven business process management and project development skills; expert knowledge of the UN Financial Regulations and Rules; demonstrated expertise in logistics/supply chain management; 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in business administration, logistics management, supply chain management or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in property
management, property control, logistics, supply chain management or related area required.

Experience in utilizing an ERP system for asset management and reporting is required.

Experience working in property management in an international organization is required.

Experience in property management performance monitoring and reporting is required.

Experience in IPSAS accounting is desirable .


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


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

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.

• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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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