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Administrative Assistant


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Windhoek
  • Grade: GS-4, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-29

Post Number : 6NAADM0704RP

Grade : G-4

Parent Sector : Sector For Administration and Management (ADM)

Duty Station: Windhoek

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Standard Duration of Assignement: [[filter13]]

Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 24-JUNE-2022


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Long Description

Only candidates entitled to work in Namibia can apply for this post. 


Under the overall delegated authority of the Head of Office and the direct supervision of the Finance and Administrative Officer in Windhoek Office, the incumbent provides a wide range of administrative support services and processes in compliance with UNESCO Rules and Regulations, practices, standards, and procedures. Major Accountabilities include but not limited to, Accounting, Finance, Budgeting, Human Resources, and logistics. Day-to-day responsibilities include:

Long Description
  • Act as certifying officer up to the authorized level delegated by the Chief Finance Officer (CFO);
  • Draft and prepare routine correspondence, memoranda, and non-substantive reports;
  • Assist in the drafting of budgets, financial returns, statistical reports, or projections;
  • Verify supporting documentation, process payment requests, maintain ledger accounts, prepare routine reports, and compile financial data;
  • Advice staff on basic financial procedures, requirements for payments, currency, bank reconciliation and follow up on related matters;
  • Input transactions into the enterprise resource planning tools SAP, SISTER etc...
  • Track budgetary levels and alert concerned managers to remain within approved limits;
  • Produce regular and ad-hoc reports on outstanding commitments, alert team members on issue raised and outstanding payments, timeframes and bottlenecks and ensure follow-up thereon;
  • Assist in the preparation, cost estimation and finalization of budget reports;
  • Assist in HR management matters like drafting and publication of vacancy notifications, conduct reference checks, coordinate interview schedules, prepare agenda and documentation;
  • Organize briefings to new staff, experts, and consultants joining the office on procedures for visas, identity cards, driving licenses and relations the host country;
  • Liaise with customs and appropriate services to assist the shipping of office and project supplies and equipment and household goods of international staff;
  • Provide administrative support for official travel and organization of meetings, events and workshops and ensure all related logistical requirements.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education
  • Completed secondary, technical, or vocational school diploma.


Work experience

  • A minimum of 3 (three) years of relevant work experience in administration, finance, human resources, budgeting or related field.


Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent skills in drafting correspondence, accurate typing, and attention to details.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, good sense of judgement and capacity to support sound financial and budgetary practices.
  • Ability to provide quality and timely support services.
  • Discretion, cooperative behaviour and attitude to work in a team.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish good working relationships with external and internal partners.
  • Excellent knowledge of IT skills, with proficiency in the use office computer applications (Word processing, Spreadsheet, etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English.
  • Training/certification in accounting, finance and/or administration.

Work Experience

  • Relevant work experience in an international organization/institution.
  • Familiarity with the United Nations System.

Skills and Competencies

  • Knowledge of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), such as SAP (Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing) or others.


  • Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations (Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.


For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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