MEETINGS SERVICES ASSISTANT
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) of the Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations, New York. The incumbent will report to a Senior Political Affairs Officer. SCSOB provides support to subsidiary bodies established by the Security Council, particularly sanctions committees and groups/panels of experts who assist them in overseeing sanctions regimes.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Meetings Services Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Organizes and coordinates preparatory meetings with relevant offices and delegations regarding procedural
and organizational arrangements for meetings of subsidiary bodies of the Security Council.
• Assists in drafting procedural notes for the chairpersons of subsidiary bodies of the Security Council.
• Ensures that all required services, including the availability and distribution of documents, and personnel are
available in order for meetings of the Security Council’s subsidiary organs to convene according to the
• Utilizes e-Delegate, g-Doc, ODS and iSCAD to track the status of and upload/download documents.
• Organizes and maintains reference material and background documents, including resolutions and decisions
of the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies.
• Assists in the preparation of agenda items and material concerning the proceedings of the subsidiary bodies
of the Security Council.
• Prepares the provisional agenda and UN Journal announcements for consultations/meetings of the subsidiary
bodies of the Security Council.
• Undertakes research and provides reference materials for preparation of speaking notes and statements of
chairs of subsidiary bodies of the Security Council.
• Ensures reports of committees and expert groups meet the UN document standards and coordinate with the
documents control office for the reproduction of those reports.
• Prepares floor plan of seating arrangements in accordance with meeting requirements and UN protocol,
• Drafts correspondence and notes.
• Maintains and updates filing and reference system regarding procedures and reference materials for the
Security Council’s subsidiary organs.
• Responds to queries from delegations and Secretariat officials.
•Performs a variety of administrative duties (e.g., 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 duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the Organization’s conference policies, procedures and practices. Ability to research, select, organize and summarize information required for the preparation of meetings. 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.
• 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 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.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of experience in conference and/or administrative support, or related area is required.
Experience providing support services to the Security Council and/or its subsidiary bodies is desirable.
Experience organising official meetings as well as working with all levels of management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
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. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.
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.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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