• Administrative Officer at United Nations

  • Posted on: 6 April, 2015 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Posting Title: Administrative Officer, P3

    Job Code Title: ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    Department/ Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

    Duty Station: ABUJA

    Posting Period: 2 April 2015-17 April 2015

    Job Opening number: 15-ADM-OCHA-41688-R-ABUJA (X)

    United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

    Special Notice

    This post is funded for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    Administrative Officer, P3

     

    Organizational Setting and Reporting

    This position is located in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Nigeria, Abuja. The Administrative Officer reports to the Head of Office.

    Responsibilities

    Within delegated authority, the Administrative Officer will be responsible for the following duties: I. BUDGET AND FINANCE:

    • Prepare and revise cost plans in line with work plans and financial rules and regulations and ensure that costs are reasonably estimated. Prepare quarterly requests for funds (financial authorizations) and monitor obligations and expenditures against financial authorizations in line with approved cost plans. Develop, implement, and maintain internal controls to monitor and ensure that financial resources are utilized to implement activities in accordance with work plans and cost plans.
    • Provide guidance to functional units on financial accountability within programme responsibilities and on the effective use of programme resources. Coordinate the production of financial reports for headquarters and donors.
    • Review and confirm that proposed obligations or disbursement for goods and services under third-party agreements, are reasonable and in conformity with UN Financial Rules and Regulations.
    • Monitor and follow up on outstanding NGO and UN Agency reports for grants and allocations provided to third parties. Supervise petty cash management in accordance with established procedures, maintain accurate and complete petty cash records and receipts, and ensure that replenishments are done in a timely manner. Verify inter-office vouchers (IOVs) prepared by UNDP to confirm accuracy of accounts and to allow for reconciliation with OCHA's accounting system. Ensure proper management of office assets, including maintenance of inventory, physical verification of assets and disposal of assets. Provide information needed to respond to audit observations/findings.
    • Carry out financial, human resources, procurement, assets and properties management functions through relevant internet applications, spreadsheets, databases and Enterprise Resource Planning systems (e.g. OCHA Financial Accounting System, OCHA Contact Management System, inspira, umoja, atlas).
    • Provide guidance and leadership to junior staff.

    II. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION:

    • In collaboration with the local UNDP office, coordinate actions related to recruitment and administration of national staff. Provide guidance on requirements of performance appraisal system and maintain a system to track compliance.
    • Maintain confidential personnel files, ensuring that information is complete and updated. Ensure that separating staff finalize in-country formalities prior to their departure. Ensure that staff time and attendance is properly recorded, verified and submitted in a timely manner to UNDP for national staff and to the Administrative Services Branch, for international staff.
    • Support procurement of goods through UNDP or Headquarters and ensure that appropriate procedures are duly followed. Verify receipt of goods and services, ensuring specification, condition and quantities of goods are correct and paperwork is complete and properly filed.
    • Control and manage equipment (disposal, inventory, NEP/inventory reporting, and fleet management).
    • Ensure that the corporate administration of common premises & Service Agreements are done in accordance to OCHA standard templates.
    • In collaboration with the Department of Safety and Security (DSS) and Head of OCHA field office assist in ensuring Minimum Operation Security Standards (MOSS) compliance for vehicles, office and residential premises. Ensure that the office premises are well maintained and provided with common services.
    • Oversee the identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems. Ensure adequate level of office supplies and maintain a system for office supplies allocation and tracking. Supervise and/or prepare travel authorizations, ensuring appropriate justification, costing and approvals are in place. Verify travel claims submitted for settlement and track outstanding payments.
    • Maintain a central filing system; ensuring consistent use and appropriate archiving of official administrative, finance, and human resource documents. Represent OCHA at meetings on administrative issues such as national salary scales, common services, premises, etc. Supervise national administrative staff on a regular basis, ensuring support and mentoring.
    • Perform other duties and/or assignments as required.

    Competencies

    Professionalism: Technical competence and proven track record in overall administration with emphasis on financial activities, and good knowledge of the United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations as well as accounting practices; good understanding of general administration and human resources management; competence in administrative support for field-based activities. Solid experience in organizational work and cost planning with the ability to set priorities and to plan, coordinate, and monitor own work plan and those under the supervision; ability to identify priority activities and adjust them. Proactively service staff and other clients to propose appropriate solutions. Technical competence in the use of Enterprise Planning Systems. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

    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.

    Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

    Education

    Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in administration, finance, accounting, human resources management, or other related area. Field experience in emergency situations is desirable. Experience within the United Nations common system handling finance-related matters is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

    Assessment Method

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    United Nations Considerations

    Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

    Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

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