Org. Setting and Reporting
The UN Secretary-General's launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator - the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level - support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs.
The Executive Associate to the UN Resident Coordinator works under the overall guidance of and reports directly to the UN Resident Coordinator and works in close collaboration with the RCO Strategic Planner and Team Leader. The working environment entails working collaboratively with the UN RCO team and Agencies staff and external counterparts for the successful achievement of the responsibilities and assigned tasks.
This position is located in the Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO), in Sri Lanka and reports to the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) as well as the RCO Team Leader.
Within delegated authority, the Executive Associate will be responsible for the following duties:
•Ensures effective and efficient functioning of the UN RC Front Office, full confidentiality in all aspects of assignment, maintenance of protocol procedures, management of information flow and follow-up on deadlines and commitments made.
•Maintains the RC's calendar, contacts high-ranking visitors, arrangement of appointments and meetings, taking minutes as required, including through the coordination with UN agencies and other stakeholders.
•Maintains protocol procedures.
•Ensures services organized for meetings, such as venue rental, translation services, and other procurement services.
•Manages the UNRC missions and representation schedule, including ticket, accommodation, approval on UMOJA system, security clearance on system, official communication to relevant stakeholders, etc.
•Maintains repositories of high-level partner contact lists and ensure a regular update
•Prepares of correspondence, directives, comments on behalf of the UNRC for his/her signature and ensuring delivery and any other follow-up when required.
•Maintains the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials. Use of automated filing system in soft and hard copies.
•Coordinates the information flow in the office, follow up on circulation files.
•Follows up on deadlines, commitments made, actions taken and coordination of collection and submission of documents to the UN RC.
•Screens all incoming calls and correspondence.
•Shares the agenda of RC daily with concerned offices and focal points and ensure a daily coordination with the driver as necessary.
•Ensures that all related logistics to the offices of RC/Sri Lanka are well functioning, including IT related, electricity, AC, etc. in coordination with related departments.
•Supports RCO staff in organizing meetings, appointments with partners, transportation arrangements among others.
•Responds to ad-hoc requests of the RC
•Drafts routine correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant administrative, financial audit, personnel matters.
•Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members both at Headquarters and in the field.
•Performs other related administrative duties, as required (e.g., operational travel programme; monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services; physical space planning; identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems; organizing and coordinating seminars, conferences and translations).
•Act as an alternate to the RCO Administrative Assistant when required to support RCO in day-to-day administrative tasks as required, including contract administration, budget and finance, and human resource management.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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.
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.
CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional certification or training on human resources, administration, audit, finance, management and/or event organization or a similar area, is required. Passing the United Nations 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 GSST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. A degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business Administration or other related field, is desirable
A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in secretarial, administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area is required.
Work experience with an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, such as Umoja or similar, is desirable.
Experience in providing senior executive / administrative and management support within the UN system, international organizations, or embassies is desirable.
Experience in front office 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.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, 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.Special Notice
Appointment against this post is on a local basis and is open for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension subject to funding availability.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. However, Applicants may apply and be considered for locally recruited positions no matter where they are currently located (including the current serving staff members at other duty stations), provided they are locally available upon appointment. They will be considered locally recruited for purposes of SR 4.4. If selected, the GS staff member will be responsible for any costs related to their travel and relocation in the context or onboarding. If they do not already have the right to work in the duty station, appointment is contingent on issuance of a visa from the local authorities. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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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