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Administration Officer

Tegucigalpa (Honduras)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-23

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Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Management Officer in OHCHR-Honduras, the Administration Officer is responsible for the effective and transparent administration of operations of OHCHR-Honduras. The Administration Officer promotes a client-oriented approach, consistent with UNDP and OHCHR rules and regulations. He/she provides solutions to a wide spectrum of administrative, including financial and human resources, issues.
The Administration Officer works in close collaboration with Representation, all substantive units and project teams of OHCHR-Honduras, the Finance, Procurement and Human Resources Units of UNDP, OHCHR headquarters, in particular administrative, finance, human resources and field operations support staff. He/she contributes to ensuring the successful performance of OHCHR-Honduras in all administrative matters, including finance.

Duties and Responsibilities

Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the effective and efficient administration of the Country Office, including the management of financial and human resources. In particular, key results have an impact on the successful introduction and implementation of operational strategies and the timely and appropriate delivery of services to ensure client satisfaction and enhance the quality of OHCHR-Honduras’ administration and the credibility in use of financial resources.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for administrative and financial procedures and will:
  • Establish an appropriate and efficient strategy to carry out the control and management of OHCHR-Honduras administrative and financial general operations, ensuring timely information, follow-up and adequate reporting.
  • Provide advice and assistance concerning administrative and technical fields of cooperation with regard to programme and fundraising processes, for monitoring and administration of funds.
  • Prepare cost analysis, balances and variances, financial reports, as well as proposals for new activities, based on OHCHR-Honduras’ objectives and results.
  • Liaise with OHCHR headquarters to organize and consolidate the logistics and administrative process for official missions and visits of Special Procedures mandate-holders to ensure and monitor management of costs incurred and information, as appropriate.
  • Liaise with OHHCR headquarters and UNDP-Honduras to comply with administrative and financial rules and procedures, as well as with other counterparts, including joint programming with the UN Common System in Honduras and the international community, to advise and assist in the elaboration and negotiation of agreements, letters of intention and other commitments, as well as to provide administrative, financial and follow-up actions to ensure the effectiveness of desired programmatic results.
  • Ensure adequate negotiations and procurement mechanisms that are in the best interest of office operating processes.
  • Contribute to general OHCHR-Honduras reporting, including to donors, to reflect administration and financial operations.
  • Prepare requests of contracts for local staff (including external consultants) and assist in all steps of recruitment procedures following UNDP and OHCHR guidelines.
  • Manage and monitor OHCHR staff contracts with regard to benefits (medical and pension fund), as required.
  • In coordination with OHCHR-Honduras Representation and Programme Management Officer, assist staff in the elaboration of annual performance evaluation reports.
  • Assist OHCHR-Honduras Representation and Programme Management Officer with the establishment of internal and external communication mechanisms in order to strengthen the Office’s teamwork and communication with counterparts and partners, in compliance with the desired results and goals of OHCHR’s mandate.
  • Supervise general service staff in line with UNDP and OHCHR human resources rules and procedures.
  • Supervise and control the Office’s files and records.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Functional Competencies:   
Building Partnerships 
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position 
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets; manage contributions and investments; manage transactions; and conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery.
  • Possesses  knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and applies them consistently in work tasks 
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
  • Researches and documents ‘best practices’ in organizational change and development within and outside the UN system 
Design and Implementation of Management Systems
  • Make recommendations relative to work-processing approaches and procedures which would lead to more efficient systems design
Client Orientation
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management
  • Gathers, analyzes and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems
Core competencies:
Professionalism: 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.
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.
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.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business or Public Administration, Finance/Accounting or related field. 
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the first level university degree.
Work experience: 
  • Up to two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in similar positions is required. 
  • Up to 2 years of relevant experience in providing financial management services, managing staff and operational systems. 
  • Solid experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and of spreadsheets and database packages is required. Experience working in the UN Common system is desirable. Experience working with UN Agencies or other international organizations rules and procedures on the handling of administrative and financial operations, as well as human resources is also desirable.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in Spanish and English (both oral and written) is required.


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