United Nations Programme Assistant Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

United Nations Programme Assistant Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP), Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), in Nairobi, Kenya, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC (UNODC).

The Programme Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, and in close cooperation with the Management and Analysis team of the GMCP.

Responsibilities

Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Serve as focal point for providing assistance in support of administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving the monitoring and evaluation of programmes/projects. Categorize, update, track and analyse data related to programmes/projects, e.g. accounting records, outputs, resources utilized, deviations/revisions, etc.. Carry out periodic status reviews, identify issues and initiate requisite follow-up actions. Assist in the preparation of revised budget estimates, report on budget revisions, expenditures and obligations, verify availability of funds. Ensure necessary approval and entry in computerized budget system. Initiate financial authorizations for expenditures.
  • Research, compile, analyse, summarize, and present basic information/data on specific programmes/project and related topics.
  • Collaborate with programme/project managers on performance reporting; liaise with relevant parties on the interpretation of the activities/services and various planning instruments such as the medium-term plan and internal work plans; provide assistance on reporting requirements, guidelines, rules and procedures and ensures completeness and accuracy of data submitted.
  • Draft programme/project summaries, coordinate review and clearance process, and coordinate with editor, translation services, etc. on finalization and publication of report multiple languages.
  • Serve as focal point for providing assistance in programme/project implementation activities, collaborate and liaise with diverse organisational units to initiate requests, prepare standard terms of reference against programme/project objectives, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions and resolve issues related to project implementation, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, organisation of and participation in trainings, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.
  • Prepare, maintain and update files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; design and generate a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, graphic content, and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection and other reviews.
  • Draft correspondence and communications related to all aspects of programme/project administration, including work plan and budgets, revisions and other related issues, as well as prepare unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports.
  • Provide guidance and training to new/junior staff.
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Has knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, programming and budgeting. Has ability to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Has demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning and 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.

    Education

    High school diploma or equivalent.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area is required.

    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 official United Nations language is an advantage.

    Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.
  • This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

    Other Skills and Requirements

  • Passing the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY or the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a requirement for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.
  • The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.

    How to apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.Apply by 22nd December, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Programme Assistant Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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