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- Administrative Assistant, Geneva

OHCHR - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Country: Switzerland
City: Geneva, Switzerland
Office: OHCHR Geneva 
 
Closing date: Saturday, 2 December 2017

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 United Nations Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, ICTY or the Global General Services Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.
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.
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 ('Mechanism') was established by GA resolution 71/248 on 21 December 2016. The Human Resources Assistant will report to the Administrative Officer of the Mechanism.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for the following duties:
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Coordinates various actions related to the administration of the unit's human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, promotion, relocation, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures. Liaises with central administration/executive services as required.
Oversees the maintenance of vacancy announcement files and keeps track of status of vacancy announcements.
Advises staff on visa matters.
Provides advice and answers general queries on classification procedures and processes.
Provides information and advice to staff/consultants with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
Monitors UMOJA/INSPIRA staffing tables for a variety of human resource activities, e.g., appointments, retirement, expiration of appointments, reassignments, transfer and movement of staff.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Provides guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
Provides assistance in drafting of host country agreements, budget agreements, or contributions for grants or other activities as appropriate.
Identifies and resolves diverse issues/problems as they arise, and determines appropriate actions.
Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members.
Performs other related administrative duties, as required (e.g., operational travel programme, monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services, physical space planning and the identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems, organize and coordinate seminars, conferences and translations).
CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Assists with day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services.
Audits the contractors' invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.
Processes the payment of contractors' invoices and monitor payments.
Prepares and processes all UN forms and permissions for contractual and work Unit, Section or Service UN staff, including: UN grounds passes, property passes, UN parking permits, swipe-card access and door keys.
BUDGET AND FINANCE
Provides expert assistance in the preparation and development of the unit's work programme and budget.
Assists in monitoring budget/work programme with respect to various budgets, trust funds, grant and other funds on a regular basis, and suggests reallocations of resources and implements the reallocations as necessary.
Collects data from relevant databases and prepares customized financial reports.
Provides assistance in the review, and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions.
Reviews, analyses and assists in the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from departments/offices at headquarters and in the field, including programmatic aspects; ensures compliance with the medium-term plan and other legislative mandates.
Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations.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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' 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 accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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.
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
Completion of secondary school or its equivalent commercial school is required.
Work Experience
At least 10 years of work experience in human resources, administrative services, general office support, finance, accounting, audit or related area, of which 5 years with the United Nations, are required. Experience in the use of ERP tools (such as UMOJA, Inspira, etc.) is required. Experience with United Nations recruitment processes is desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Job posted on 8 November 2017.

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