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  • Posted: Jan 31, 2023
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world's environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the environment.

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    Senior Administrative Assistant


    This position is located in UNEP Ecosystems Division under Administrative Services in the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Senior Administrative Officer the incumbent will perform the following functions:

    Human Resources Management

    • Coordinates various actions related to the administration of the Division’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, promotion, relocation, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation of staff members, training, ensuring consistency in the application of UN rules and procedures. Liaises with central administration/executive services (UNEP Corporate Services Division and UNON Human Resources Management Service) as required.
    • Oversees the maintenance of vacancy announcement files and keeps track of status of vacancy announcements for the Division.
    • Provides expert advice and answers general queries on classification procedures and processes.
    • Provides information and advice to staff/consultants with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations.
    • Monitors Umoja staffing tables for a variety of human resource activities, e.g., appointments, retirement, expiration of appointments, reassignments, transfer, and movement of staff.
    • Collects data from relevant databases and prepares customized HR reports.

    Budget and Finance

    • Provides expert assistance in the preparation and development of the Division’s work programme and budget.
    • Assists in monitoring budget/work programme with respect to various budgets, trust funds, grant and other funds on a regular basis and suggests reallocations of resources and implements the reallocations as necessary.
    • Collects data from relevant databases and prepares customized financial reports.
    • Provides assistance in the review, and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions.
    • Reviews, analyses, and assists in the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from departments/offices at headquarters and in the field, including programmatic aspects; ensures compliance with the medium-term plan and other legislative mandates.
    • Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
    • Monitors budget implementation/expenditures and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
    • Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
    • Monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
    • Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
    • Assists in finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.

    Contract Administration

    • Assists with day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services.
    • Audits the contractors' invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.
    • Supports the Division’s acquisition planning and acts as the lead requisitioner for the Division.
    • Processes the payment of contractors' invoices and monitor payments.

    General Administration

    • Provide guidance, training, and daily supervision to other general service staff in their areas of responsibility.
    • Provide assistance in drafting of, budget agreements, legal instruments or contributions for grants or other activities as appropriate.
    • Identifies and resolves diverse issues/problems as they arise and determines appropriate actions.
    • Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members both at Headquarters and in the out posted offices of the Division.
    • 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 and the identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software, and systems, organize and coordinate seminars, conferences and translations).
    • Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
    • Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.


    • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Ability to identify, independently assess, formulate recommendations and/or resolve a wide range of issues/problems, undertake research and gather information from standard sources and to work well with figures including ability to analyze and understand financial data. Ability to design information data bases from multiple sources into an integrated programme evaluation system. Ability to direct, supervise and train office support staff. Demonstrated ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given and discretion, resourcefulness and ability to deal proactively and tactfully with offices throughout the organization. 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. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making.
    • PLANNING & 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.


    • High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional training and certification in any business administration related courses is desirable.
    • 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. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
    • The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

    Work Experience

    • Ten (10) years of experience in administrative services, procurement, finance, accounting, audit, human resources related area is required.
    • Five (5) years' experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required.

    Experience With a Large International Organization Is Required.

    • Experience with preparing, managing and analysis of large administrative related data sets and reports is required.
    • Experience with change management is desirable.
    • Five (5) years’ experience in MS Excel is desirable.
    • One (1) year experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

    Closing: 28 February 2023

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on to apply

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