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Administrative Assistant - UNOCHA, Abuja

PNUD Argentina

Admin & Office

NGN Confidential
1 week ago

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Job Description/Requirements

Background Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a âleave no one behindâ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and 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.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness, prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Administration and Finance Officer (NOC) in Abuja and HoSO in Damaturu, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Coordinate logistics activities for the Office

Ensure that vehicles are in working condition at all times: Regular servicing and maintenance etc. Coordinate and monitor vehicle movement. Oversee TOTAL card retirement and replenishment (in collaboration with OCHA Abuja & Damaturu Office) by ensuring that all processes are carried out in a timely fashion. Assist staff members by liaising with OCHA Admin staff in Abuja & Damaturu for UNHAS bookings etc and ensure that tickets are received on time. Ensure that all missions to all locations with high â security level are cleared by the necessary authorities. Monitor the vehicle logbooks and ensure that all movement is duly captured and signed for by all passengers. Assist staff with forwarding their travel expense claims to the travel focal points and follow up where necessary.

Provision of clerical / administrative support

Assist with hotel reservations for staff on mission, new colleagues deployed to Abuja and Damaturu etc. Support colleagues in coordinating meetings and other official events. Assist with filing and photocopying documents when necessary. And all other clerical / administrative duties that may be required.

Office Support and Maintenance

General office maintenance: supervise cleaners to ensure that OCHAâs is always in order, etc. Maintenance of files and records relevant to office maintenance

Cash Recovery and Management for the Armored Vehicles 

Prepares and dispatches invoices to clients upon request for the use of the AVs. Ensures that payment for each transaction is received and accounted for and a receipt is issued accordingly. Create a tracking system for payment. Give monthly accounts of usage and income.

Managing Documents, Correspondence and Reports

Create a filing system according to UN standards. Ensure that all official documents (incoming/ outgoing mail, reports etc) are filed according to its category. Edits, formats and provides inputs to correspondence, reports, documents and/or presentations using word processing, spreadsheets and databases meeting quality standards and requiring minimal correction. Shows sound grasp of grammar, spelling and structure in the required language. Ensures correspondence, reports and documents comply with established UN standards. Ability to enter data accurately. Assist with drafting correspondence and make input to documents when required.



Ability to perform a variety of repetitive and routine tasks and duties related to general administration support. Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints. Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations. Detailed knowledge and understanding of clerical, administrative, secretarial best practices and procedures, in-depth knowledge of office software applications relating to word processing data management presentation etc. Ability to operate and maintain a variety of computerized business machines and office equipment in order to provide efficient delivery of service. Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities.

Teamwork : 

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing othersâ 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.


Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships. Plans, coordinates and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines. Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs. Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and clients to facilitate the provision of support.

Required Skills and Experience Education: Secondary education is required.  Experience: A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in administration is required.  Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, is desirable.  Experience in handling of web-based management systems is desirable.


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. Applicant information about UNDP rosters Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements. Non-discrimination UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. Scam warning The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.

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