Special Assistant, Administration
Job TypeFull Time
Job FieldAdministration / Secretarial
This post is located in the office of the Director of the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi headquarters duty station.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendationsShows 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 situationsTakes 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.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental or social sciences, business or public administration, management, economics or a related fieldA first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying professional work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
At least seven (7) years of professional working experience of which two (2) are at an international level preferably relating to sustainable development and/or environmental related issues is required.
Experience working in a front or coordinating office, supporting senior level managers or cross functional teams is highly desirable.
Work experience within the United Nations context or similar organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations SecretariatFor the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is requiredWorking knowledge of another United Nations official language is an added advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project post and is open for recruitment 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 herIn this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staffFemale candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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