UNICEF Administrative Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

UNICEF Administrative Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

  • UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.

  • To save their lives.

  • To defend their rights.

  • To help them fulfill their potential.


  • to ensure the office’s administrative operations and services are effectively in compliance with the organization's administrative policy, procedures, rules and regulations.

    How can you make a difference?

  • Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

    Policy, procedures and strategies

  • As technical specialist and manager, accountable for the correct and consistent application of policies and procedures in the management of administrative functions through the provision of technical leadership, guidance and support to the country office and sub-offices where applicable.

  • Contributes to global, regional and country strategic planning and policy changes/formulation on administrative matters as necessary.

  • Provides technical input to the establishment of administrative guidelines in close coordination with Administrative & Finance Manager, Deputy Representative Operations and DFAM.

  • Advises the head of the office and updates staff on administrative policies, procedures rules and regulations, providing technical advice, guidelines and administrative support.

  • Implements the appropriate application and interpretation of administrative rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Briefs and assists arriving and departing staff on administrative procedures and requirements.

  • Makes viable recommendations on the improvement of systems and internal controls, and resolution of sensitive issues, taking into account the prevailing conditions in the locality.

  • Keeps the supervisor abreast of potential problem areas and identifies and recommends solutions.

  • Prepares reports on administrative matters.

  • Provides administrative support and services to country and sub-country offices where applicable, including preparation and funding of service contracts, preparations of Purchase Requisitions for all administrative supplies.

  • Undertakes missions to field locations to review administrative arrangements and makes appropriate recommendations as required.

    Budget management

  • Monitors the budget in close coordination with the Administrative &Finance Manager to ensure that objectives stipulated early in the fiscal year are realized for smooth operation of the country office/sub offices, where applicable.

  • Recommends and prepares estimates on office premises, supplies and equipment requirements for budget preparation purposes.

  • Assists zone offices in the establishment and maintenance of administrative services. Prepares, monitors and controls the administrative budget.

    Administrative support and services

  • Ensures timely and effective delivery and improvement in administrative support and office services for enhanced quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness, including space management, transport services, vehicle use and maintenance, equipment, conference and travel arrangements, document reproduction, communications, mail and delivery services, local procurement and bill payments of utilities.

  • Ensures the timely and cost-effective provision of basic office services including space management, equipment, communications and security to enhance staff safety and productivity.

  • Supports the Inter-Agency Operations Management Team's approaches for enhancing UN common services to attain efficiencies and effectiveness.

  • Negotiates and supervises matters relating to office premises,
    utilities and services with vendors /agencies.

    Property management

  • Manages properties of administrative supplies, office equipment and vehicles, updating inventory of items, serving as Secretariat to the Property Survey Board and ensuring follow-up action.

  • Prepares Property Survey Board submissions for the Administrative & Finance Manager; prepares minutes of meetings and assists the Administrative & Finance Manager in executing PSB recommendations approved by the Head of Office.

  • Supervises adequate and appropriate use of supplies.

  • Ensures that services and maintenance of premises are in accordance with organizational standards.

    Contract arrangement and control

  • Ensures that all administrative transactions and arrangements of contracts are in compliance with the applicable policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

  • Reviews all contractual arrangements related to administrative support (i.e. courier, premises maintenance, ancillary administrative support, vehicle maintenance, equipment maintenance etc.) to ensure that the terms and conditions of all contracts are being adhered to by providers of services.

  • Proposes to supervisor any changes that may be required.

  • Monitors payments against contractual obligations.

    Staff learning and development

  • Develops training programmes to enhance effective performance and efficiency in admin. services management.

  • Implements staff learning and development programme activities for capacity building.

  • Provides coaching and counselling to the staff on performance enhancement/development.

    Partnership, coordination and collaboration

  • Facilitates and maintains effective working relations with other agencies, local authorities and implementing partners relating to administrative matters for enhancement of information exchange, collaboration, and harmonization.

  • Cooperates and coordinates with other UN agency counterparts in the UN reform initiatives (including common services and premises agenda, etc.).

  • Coordinates field emergency services.

    Performs any other duties and responsibilities assigned as required

  • Ensure to provide quality services to the beneficiaries in a timely and cost-effective manner in performing additional duties and responsibilities assigned in conformance with the policy, standards, rules and regulations.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, business management, administration, finance, or any other relevant field of discipline.

  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience.

  • Both national and International work experience in office management, administration, finance, accounting, ICT, human resources, supply or any other relevant function.

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset

    The functional competencies required for this post are

    Core Values Required

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability

    Competencies Required

  • Builds and maintains partnerships

  • Build a network of external stakeholders and alliances with government counterparts, civil society, the media and the private sector, in order to promote and advance the work of the organization.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Administrative Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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