Posting Title: Staff Assistant, G5
Job Code Title: STAFF ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Duty Station: Washington, USA
Posting Period: 04 May 2021 – 02 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Administration-UNEP-152969-R-Washington (R)
Staffing Exercise: N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
This position is located in UNEP’s North America Office in Washington, D.C. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Provides direct assistance to the Director by maintaining the Director’s calendar/schedule and monitoring changes for both internal and external meetings, acting as a virtual interface; researching, compiling, and organizing information to prepare briefings for meetings, events, and travel; coordinating all preparations for the Director’s missions; and providing ongoing general logistical support to the Director.
•Performs the full range of office management and administrative support functions, including to the office Communications and outreach function as required by the Director.
•Maintains liaison with the Executive Office and with senior officials in other units regarding on-going programmes and other administrative matters; monitors processes and schedules related to the North America Office work-plan.
•Ensures smooth and efficient information flow to the Director and within the office more broadly; assists in the development of office administrative systems and procedures.
•Researches, compiles and summarizes background materials for use in preparation of reports, briefs, speeches, etc.
•Provides policy support as requested by the Director on various environmental and climate-related topics.
•Provides assistance in the coordination of service-wide activities (meetings, training, etc.), special projects and events.
•Attends meetings, prepares minutes, monitors follow-up activities.
•Responds or drafts responses to a wide range of correspondence and other communications; uses standard word processing package to produce a wide variety of large, complex documents and reports.
•Manages, updates and further develops internal database; updates website; carries out quality control function for outgoing documents; proofreads and edits texts for adherence for format, grammar, punctuation and style.
•Responds to complex information requests and inquiries (e.g. answers requests requiring file search, etc.).
•Assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software.
•Provides some specialized support to unit (e.g. technology support, editing, desktop publishing, etc.).
•Performs a variety of general administrative duties as required by the Director; for example, leave recording, meeting organization, reservations, office supply and equipment orders, etc.), including preparing and/or processing administrative requests/documents (e.g., travel requests, expense claims, vouchers, visa applications, etc.).
•Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. 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.
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. Supplemental training in administration, programme management or project management is desirable.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite 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.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience in general office support or related area is required.
Experience in administration or project support is desirable.
Experience working in the area of public and/or international policy is desirable.
Experience working in the area of media or communication is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and ‘Knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred to take-up the appointment.
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.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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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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