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Project Assistant

Nicosia

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Nicosia
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Background
 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
 
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
 
UNDP in Cyprus works to support the ongoing peace and confidence building process between the communities of Cyprus. Since 2001, the UNDP programme in Cyprus has been delivering mainly EU funded interventions, to support Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, encouraging dialogue and cooperation, and supporting the development of environmental, economic and social infrastructure on the island.

As such UNDP in Cyprus provides a diverse package of programmatic services to a range of partners which contribute to building a conducive environment for the peace process. In particular, the implementation of confidence building measures contributes to the building of trust between the two communities while demonstrating to the public at large that the communities can work together on critical issues that are of importance to all inhabitants of Cyprus across three focus areas:

  • Empowering communities to protect cultural heritage
  • Strengthening inter-communal mechanisms
  • Improving environmental, social and economic infrastructure

Under the general guidance and direct supervision of the Project Associate, the Project Assistant provides services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Project Assistant promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Project Assistant works for the support to project(s) assigned in close collaboration with the operations, programme / projects’ staff in the office to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.     >
 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
Summary of Key Functions:
  1. Administrative support to the project management;
  2. Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

Impact of Results:

The key results have an impact on the efficiency of the unit and delivery of the project.

  1. Administrative support to the project management;

Provides administrative support to the project manager in management, procurement, human resources and financial topics;

- Support to resource mobilization and follow-up of progress;

- Screening of incoming communications, filter outgoing correspondence for supervisor’s signature, clearance and further action by other staff; wherever possible;

- Provides support to the project manager by organizing the meetings and missions; takes and follows up on the minutes;

- Support in communication with external parties such as implementing partners, government offices, donors, and authorities;

- Provides support on operational requests, follow up on deadlines and actions to be taken;

- Assist in preparation of project proposals, closures and reports;

- Support in management of contracts, monitoring contractual milestones and contract balance, informing relevant parties for required follow up actions;

- Supports the coordination of the recruitment processes, and follow up with the induction checklist;

- Collects and compiles, on a monthly basis, the list of the activities, expenditures and results achieved during the previous month as compared to the work plan, and submits monthly expenditure reports and other related documents;

- Review of project payment request, obtain certification for receipt of service/good/work and fill required form and information for the approval of the project manager;

- Support in the request of Purchase Orders for the contracts signed;

- Provides support to the project manager in the update of projects in UNDP software, preparation of required budget revisions,  revision of project award, project status and risk register;

- Creation of requisitions in UNDP software, budget check register of receipts;

- Assists in the preparation of terms of reference / specifications for the services, goods and works requested by the project;

- Interact with vendors to exchange information on services, local shopping, tenders, quotations and payments;

- Support in the preparation of the procurement plan;

- Participation to tender evaluation and selection panels if appointed;

- Support in maintaining asset and inventory records including period disposals;

- Support in the organization of assurance activities including audits and spot checks to implementing partners / responsible parties;

- Adherence to appropriate protocol and correspondence guidelines by office team when communicating with authorities and other external partners;

- Maintenance of the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials;

- Provides support to maintenance of contacts with the stakeholders and project files;

- Contributes to paperless office and archiving;

- Perform any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

  1. Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing 

- Participation in the trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme;

- Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in project;

- Contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice;

- Communicate training material with project personnel / team and keep track of training progress;

- Works with team members on new initiatives and existing processes to support her/his learning and building necessary skills and competencies.

Competencies
 

Core

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area

Name

Definition

Business Direction & Strategy

Effective Decision Making

  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Development

Collective Intelligence Design

  • Ability to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions

Business Management

Communication

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and      unambiguous manner both through written and verbal  communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

General (across the functions)

Event planning and execution

  • Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP's overall brand and mandate.

Communications

 

Writing and editing

  • Ability to create and/or edit written content in different UN languages

Administration & Operations

Documents and records management

  • Overall document (hard or electronic) management; registry and retention policy including storing and archiving

Finance

Budget management

Ability to support budgetary aspects of work planning process, drawing and management of team budgets.

 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Secondary Education
  • Bachelor’s Level Degree in Business or Public Administration, Finance or any other development related field would be desired, but not a requirement.
Experience:
  • Minimum five years of relevant  administrative experience at the national or international level with Secondary education.
  • Alternatively, if in possession of Bachelor’s degree, minimum two years of relevant administrative experience would be required at the national or international level.

Required Skills:

Proven experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), experience in office and collaboration software packages and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems is required (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Teams, Outlook and SharePoint).

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

  • Experience of working with UN or any other international organization in a administrative position is an asset.
  • Knowledge of project implementation is an asset.
  • Knowledge of web-based management systems is an asset.
  • Experience working in bi communal / Multinational projects is an asset.

Other:

  • Nationals or permanent residents in Cyprus are eligible.
  • Valid driving license is required for the use of office cars for the official purposes
  • Women candidates and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Disclaimer
 
 
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 
 
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
 
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