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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-28

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Executive Assistant

Mogadishu (Somalia)

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Executive Assistant

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT:

Guidance will be given by the direct supervisor who could be the Director, Representative, IGO, as applicable. The Executive Assistant liaises with colleagues within the same office, at HQ, and in the field, on matters of non-routine significance in order to prepare documents for the supervisor and manage the flow of information.

Regular contacts with external parties, including UN office and International organizations, are made to provide the supervisor's contacts with background information on relevant topics prior to meetings, to respond queries on behalf of the supervisor at his/her  discretions and to obtain assistance of others on matters of relevant to the office.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT:

Accountability

- The Supervisor is provided support by managing the flow of information and communications, prioritizing and highlighting issues that need addressing.
-       Background documents for meetings are prepared in time.

Responsibility

- Manage the flow of information to the Supervisor, identify priority matters that need to be urgently addressed by the Supervisor and propose actions; analyze supporting documentation and summarize most relevant points for the supervisor; ensure that appropriate action is taken by responsible Section Heads on matters brought to the attention of the Supervisor.
- Follow-up on policies and instructions presented by the Supervisor. Keep the supervisor aware of developments in UNHCR's major world-wide operations and of policy issues related directly to UNHCR or to humanitarian issues under the broader UN system.
- Assist the Supervisor in the preparation of statements that represent UNHCR's overall policies and which highlight specific areas of concern. Propose and draft substantive correspondence for the Supervisor.
- Confer with Section Heads/ Directors to secure timely and authoritative information relevant to matters requiring action, decisions or the signature of the Supervisor.
- Ensure that the Supervisor is prepared for meetings and missions by drafting talking points, by researching relevant information; and by establishing contacts (within and outside UNHCR) on the subject matters to be discussed.
- Accompany the Supervisor to meetings and on missions in order to prepare notes on the discussions, ensure follow-up in matters raised, and support the Supervisor with any relevant input.
- Support the Supervisor in efforts to raise the profile of UNHCR and the agency's concerns within the context of the broader United Nations system. This includes ensuring that UNHCR is on the agenda of important meetings and events, and assisting the External Relations Officer with input from the Supervisor policies and activities.
- May assist the Supervisor in drafting regular information notes to the High Commissioner, that provide briefings on areas of concern to UNHCR and that propose areas where action by the Executive Office would further the objectives of the Office.
- Work with the Supervisor in developing, reviewing and proposing new policies and practices, or adaptations to existing ones.  Monitor development of this policies and practices.
- Coordinate drafts of position papers and other documents relevant to the activities of the Office.
- Ensure that high-level visitors are appropriately addressed, that they receive background information as necessary, and that protocol is respected.
-        Perform other tasks as required.  

Authority

- Prioritise tasks and organize work independently.
- Select and make pertinent abstracts and search for information.
- Have access to sensitive and confidential information.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Political Science, International Relations or other related fields plus minimum 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- A proven ability to act with discretion and diplomacy is essential for this function.
- Excellent communication, drafting and editorial skills.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES:

- Good knowledge of the UNHCR operations in general.
-       Knowledge of additional UN languages.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Executive Assistant positions. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.¿ C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3
X006L3 - Policy Development & Research Level 3

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage them – before deciding to apply- to read the country specific security and welfare country profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html). Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care.

 

Staff after having applied to High Risk Duty Stations will have access to country specific information webinars with Field Safety Section (FSS) and Staff Welfare Section (SWS) colleagues and provided with a tool to test their psychological preparedness for serving in High Risk Duty Stations. Applicants who applied for a position in a High Risk country will receive, after the deadline for applications has expired, a joint invitation from the Staff Welfare Section (SWS) and the Field Safety Section (FSS) to participate in these webinars. During the Webinars, latest updates on security and well-being will be provided, and FSS and SWS will address questions raised by participants. Applicants are highly encouraged to benefit, when applicable, from all measures as they provide most up-to-date security and well-being information helpful to assess staff’s readiness to serve in a High Risk Duty Station. A Staff Welfare Officer will also be available, if and when required, to discuss with interested applicants the results of the psychological preparedness tool as well as readiness for assignment in High Risk Duty Stations.

 

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in the Addendum 4 is Thursday 28 February 2019 (midnight Geneva time)

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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