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Administrative Associate

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UNDP Job Opportunity: Administrative Associate
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: Administrative Associate reporst to the  Administrative Officer or to a Chief Administrative Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities:  Within delegated authority, the Administrative Associate will be responsible for the following duties:

Human Resources Management

  • Initiates, reviews, processes and follows-up on actions related to the administration of the unit’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment of staff and consultants, placement, promotion, relocation, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures.
  • Responds to enquiries and provides information and advice to staff regarding their entitlements, administrative procedures, processes and practices, conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
  • Oversees the maintenance of vacancy announcement files and keeps track of status of vacancy announcements. Reviews and processes personnel actions through IMIS.
  • Monitors staffing table and prepare relevant statistical data/charts.
  • Budget and Finance
  • Assists in the preparation and review of financial and human resource proposals/requirements.  Consolidates budget/work programme with respect to Headquarters’ budget, trust funds, grants and procurement.
  • Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary.
  • Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
  • Assists in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures
  • Prepares or customizes financial reports from IMIS system generated reports.
  • Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
  • General Administration
  • Drafts routine correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant administrative, financial audit, personnel matters.
  • Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members both at Headquarters and in the field.
  • 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; identification of office technology needs and     maintenance of equipment, software and systems; organizing and coordinating seminars, conferences and translations).
  • May be responsible for guiding, training, and supervising the work of more junior General Service staff.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff within the Executive Office or work unit and clients in Department.
Human resource, administrative, accounting staff in missions and Headquarters, general support service and conference services staff.
Consulting firms.

Results Expected:  
Works with minimal amount of supervision; independently  provides accurate reports and/or records in the areas of work programming, budget/financial management, personnel administration and other administrative functions; efficiently supervises team of clerical staff or work unit.

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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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& 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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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.

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

Minimum education Matriculation or equivalent.

Experience:

Six years of experience in administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area.

Language:

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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Application deadline: 2019-12-23

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