Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Director (OD), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer of the Office of the Director and under the overall guidance of the Director, Office for Outer Space Affairs.
For more information on UNOOSA, please visit: www.unoosa.org .
Within assigned authority, the Team Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Perform a wide range of office support and administrative (including programme/project administration and budgeting) functions for the Office of the Director and the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).
• Provide secretarial, administrative and logistics support to meetings, workshops, conferences, special events and other activities. Assist in preparing notes and minutes of team meetings as requested/assigned.
• Assist with performing the administrative functions required for the recruitment of staff, consultants, contractors, non-reimbursable loans and interns.
• Provide assistance and support in monitoring the status of expenditures, in preparing draft cost plans and update and prepare background documents for budget and programme planning purposes, submissions and related outputs.
• Provide assistance in the applications for workshops and meetings, supplement mission information and make administrative arrangements for official travel for senior staff, participants and consultants/experts. Assist with monitoring the status of all travel authorizations and prepare travel expense reports following the conclusion of the activity.
• Respond, draft and dispatch responses to routine correspondence and other communications.
• Provide digital processing support, including word documents and Excel tables, scanning, digitalization of documents, posting to designated repositories.
• Assist in monitoring processes and schedules related to the Programme's outputs, products, tasks, etc.; where applicable, assist in the verification of receipt and accuracy of requisite documents, approvals, signatures, etc. to ensure compliance with relevant legal, financial and other requirements.
• Research, compile and organize information and reference materials from various sources for reports, work plans, studies, briefings, meetings/conferences, etc.
• Assist in generating a variety of standard statistical and other reports, work orders, etc., using various databases.
• Proofread documents and edit texts for accuracy, grammar, punctuation and style, and for adherence to established standards for format.
• Assist in the preparation of presentations and outreach materials using appropriate technology/software.
• Maintain calendar/schedules; monitor changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit.
• Review, record, distribute and/or process mail and other documents; follow-up on impending actions.
• Update and maintain distribution lists; monitor, prepare and distribute various materials, reports, where possible using electronic formats; handle arrangement for printing and translation as necessary; coordinate shipment arrangements, courier services, etc.
• Perform other general administrative tasks as needed (e.g. leave and attendance recording, arrangements for meetings and other events, reservations, preparing and/or processing administrative requests/documents, requisitions, purchase orders, travel requests, contracts, expenditure authorizations, visa applications, etc.).
• Assist in backstopping, as may be necessary, other General Service colleagues during periods of absences or leave.
• Maintain files (both paper and electronic) and databases for assigned work units.
• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge of general office and administrative support (including programme/project administration and budgeting). Has knowledge of administrative policies, processes and procedures. Is able to apply various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. Has understanding of the functions and organization of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Is able to work well and accurately with figures, undertakes basic research and gathers information from standard sources. Has demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 in all areas of work.
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.
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.
A minimum of three years of experience in providing administrative and programme/project management and budget support, or related area, is required.
Experience in working with an ERP system is required.
Experience in using office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages is required.
Work experience in SAP/Umoja is desirable.
Experience in providing administrative support directly to senior managers is desirable.
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 another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
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.
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 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 https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=GP
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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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