Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 20 October 2022 - 18 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNODC-193600-R-Vienna (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Implementation Support Section I (ISS I), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer leading the Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Terrorism related work of TPB. S/he will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of Section, in close coordination with relevant Programme Officers in the Section and in relevant UNODC regional offices.

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Within limits of assigned authority, the incumbent will provide programme, administrative and general office support. S/he will perform the following duties:
• Provide administrative assistance in the coordination of programme/project planning, implementation and monitoring of work.
• Provide administrative support and assistance in the planning and execution of organizational arrangements and coordination for technical assistance and other programme activities (national and regional workshops and experts meetings); contribute to compiling and drafting documentation; prepare information notes for participants; liaise with participants and experts; identify and ensure appropriate travel arrangements and other pertinent organizational details; assist in liaising with the recipient authorities, UNODC field offices and other UN Offices as well as relevant UNODC administrative offices;
• Assist in the preparation of draft programme implementation reports as well as programme and funding proposals, by compiling and consolidating information from various sources, identifying budgetary requirements, preparing budget estimates and producing expenditure estimates.
• Monitor availability of funds, status of expenditures and allotments for programme activities under the responsibility of the Section; produce expenditure estimates and forecasts; identify, initiate, carry out and follow-up to ensure required adjustments and corrections.
• Assist in the preparation of budget submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures, coordinate with finance and budget staff.
• Initiate and arrange to obtain goods and services, prepare and review requisitions and ensure correctness of data.
• Perform general office support functions; compile and regularly update various programme management tools (e.g., work plans, activities list, etc.); respond to routine correspondence and other communications; provide assistance on administrative procedures, processes and practices; review and process entitlements-related claims; provide administrative and logistic support to meetings, conferences, etc;
• Update and maintain large distribution lists; monitor, prepare and distribute various materials, reports; handle arrangement for printing and translation; coordinate shipment arrangements, courier services, etc; assist in the preparation of various documentation, press reviews, presentation materials using appropriate technology/software; maintain files (both paper and electronic) and databases for the Programme; maintain calendar/schedules; monitor changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate Programme;
• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Has a general knowledge and understanding of policies, processes and procedures related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Has general knowledge of the mandates of UNODC. Has good knowledge in planning and executing arrangements for meetings, conferences, seminars, including their substantive, organizational, coordination, logistic and administrative aspects. Is able to prepare draft text inputs for programme proposals and programme implementation reports. Has knowledge in preparing budgetary inputs, cost estimates and expenditure monitoring. Has ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to undertake basic research and gather information from various sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Has ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing other’s ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishment and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite, i.e. is required, 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 five years of experience in programme and project administration, technical cooperation, administrative assistance and general office support or related area is required.

Experience in planning and executing organizational arrangements for meetings and conferences, in contributing to programme proposals and implementation reports is required.

Advanced knowledge of standard software (MS Word, Excel etc.) and applications and ability to learn new programmes is required.

Experience in working with ERP systems/applications is required.

Work experience with SAP/Umoja, especially processing travel and shipments, creating shopping carts and budgets is desirable.

Experience in preparing budgetary inputs, cost estimates and expenditure monitoring is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for the General Service and related positions must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit

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.

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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