Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Senior Administrative Officer will be based in Bangui and reports to the Director of Mission Support.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Senior Administrative Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Acts as adviser on management matters pertaining to human resources, budgeting, financial and general
• Ensures development, preparation, coordination and monitoring of work plans, strategies, and programmes for
the administrative activities of the Mission and takes the lead in securing the required human and financial resources.
• In cooperation with other offices of the Mission, plans and forecasts the personnel, financial and logistical
requirements of all Mission components.
• Exercises budgetary and administrative control.
• Certifies mission expenditure as the delegation of authority granted by the UN Controller. Reports on all
administrative, logistical, and financial matters.
• Drafts guidelines, reports, and correspondence on a wide range of issues for the Director of Mission Support,
and ensures that all relevant UN rules and regulations and policies are adhered to.
• Drafts responses to correspondence, including code cable required from the Office of the Director of Mission Support on a range of administrative/policy matters.
• Provides substantive analysis, advice, and solutions to ad-hoc issues that arise; undertakes tasks and special projects, such as Security/Evacuation Plan, welfare activities, etc.
• Undertakes evaluation of support provided by the Mission Support Division to the various parts of the Mission.
• Monitors implementation of Audit/Board of Inquiry recommendations.
• Assists the in the supervision Air Safety matters in the Mission as well as coordination of Security operations in
• Liaises with the Offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Deputy SRSG and Force
Commander as well as Chiefs of Services and Sections on administrative issues/activities.
• Liaises with local authorities, UN / Agencies / Funds and Programmes or other parties on behalf of Mission
Support Division when required.
• Maintains direct liaison with the Resident and External Auditors; reviews all audit observations and drafts appropriate responses in consultation with the Director of Mission Support.
• Represents the Director of Mission Support in various standing Boards and Committees, such as Property Survey
Board (PSB), Claims Review Board (CRB), and may act as alternate/ Chairperson of the Local Committee on
• Performs other duties, as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of administration including approaches and techniques to address and advise on highly sensitive complex problems with multiple clients and a wide range of needs 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
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.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making
authority: makes sure that roles, responsibilities, and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, human
resources management, finance, accounting, or related field is required.
A first-level university degree with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, budget, finance or general
administration is required.
Experience in handling complex organizational issues at the international level is required.
Hands-on experience with UN administrative/financial policies and practices is desirable
Experience providing services to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience serving as a secretary or a member of the Local Committee on Contracts (LCC), Local Property Survey Board (LPSB) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.Assessment
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.Special Notice
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
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.
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.
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