Job Title: Administrative Assistant Vacancy Notice: VN-132-19-MEX Position Number 132-19
Location: Mexicali Position Grade: G4 Closing Date: 2019-09-16
Organizational Context


The Administrative Assistant will provide administrative assistance to the immediate supervisor and/or Head of the Office, and/or to the Unit as a whole to ensure that routine services and activities within the administrative domain are properly implemented. As per specific instructions, the incumbent may require liaising with other internal or external entities, to ensure effective delivery of services and achievement of objectives. The assignments are mostly standard tasks including limited interpretation of subject matter and information exchange between staff in the office, at the duty station and external officials of other institutions to ensure mutual understanding. The incumbent’s workload and the assignments will remain under constant guidance and direction of the supervisor.

The Administrative Assistant is a position within an office/Division/Bureau that requires basic knowledge of administrative rules, procedures as well as operational standards of a UNHCR office. The nature of certain administrative/personnel functions require discretion and confidentiality.

Accountability


All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity

Responsibility


Within delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Administrative Assistant: please refer to the organizational context).

  • Arrange appointments/meetings both internal and external, some involving high ranking officials.
  • Receive visitors, place and screen telephone calls, respond to routine requests for information and take notes at meetings as and when required.
  • Maintain hard and electronic office files and records; classify and code material relating to a variety of topics; 
  • Receive, review, sort and distribute all incoming and outgoing correspondence, office pouch and material, highlight priority items and attach necessary background information. Maintain a follow up system.
  • May be required to maintain/update confidential files.
  • Draft routine correspondence, memoranda and reports. Format more complex documents by using the appropriate technology. 
  • Facilitate implementation of Personnel administrative formalities and processing of documents in relation to official travels, leaves and movements of staff. Support staff members with processing personnel-related documentation. 
  • Maintain office inventory and stocks of office supplies. Monitor the asset management track to ensure all admin procurements and disposal of UNHCR property are done and recorded accurately. 
  • Assist the supervisor to monitor and record expenditure/disbursement of funds.
  • Following instructions from the supervisor make logistic and administrative arrangements for seminars, workshops, and briefings that may be required by the Office/Division. 
  • May regulate and monitor routine provision of services and/or shifts from providers, as and when applicable;
  • Monitor office/compound facilities and equipment and in consultation with the supervisor take appropriate action to ensure proper functioning at all time.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 

 

 

Authority

N/A

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of Secondary education or equivalent technical or commercial school with certificate/training in Business Administration, Finance, Office Management, Human Resources or other related field.
  • Minimum 4 years of previous job experience relevant to the function; 
  • Computer skills (MS office and People soft applications).
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language. 

(In offices where the working language is not English, good knowledge of UN working language of duty station and local language.)

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Good knowledge of UN/UNHCR Admin and financial rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Knowledge and working experience of MSRP (Peoplesoft);
  • Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations  and functions relating to field office administration
  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.

Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Planning and Organizing

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