Team Assistant

Issue Date 17 Feb 2017 Closing Date 22 Feb 2017
Grade G-4 Post Duration
Duty Station Nairobi Organizational Unit Management Advisory and Compliance Division
Job Opening

Reporting to the Financial Management Officer, Budget and Finance Unit, Management and Operations Division and under the direct supervision of the Senior Budget and Finance Assistant, the incumbent will perform the following functions: 

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Vacancy No. MOD/18/2016
Re-issued on: 14 February 2017






Team Assistant




One year renewable


22  February 2017

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located at the Nairobi duty station, Kenya.

Reporting to the Financial Management Officer, Budget and Finance Unit, Management and Operations Division and under the direct supervision of the Senior Budget and Finance Assistant, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

Administrative support to Budget and Finance Unit: Raises documents in Umoja and the UNON Lotus Notes portal, including travel requests, payments, obligations, etc. to support the operations of the office. Assists in monitoring use of allotments issued to offices and branches; and provides support to the team for grants management, project structures and released/unreleased budget reviews. Assists in verifying billings for various common services and follows up to settle the billings. Assist with information update and data entry on key organization databases, including the Projects Accrual and Accountability System (PAAS). Maintains files/records and internal databases of the unit; organizes and takes minutes of unit meetings; maintains official calendar and leave schedules for the unit.

Administrative support to offices away from headquarters: Receives, verifies and processes submissions of documents and assists in monitoring use of sub-allotments, grants and projects; compiles monthly expenditure reports for each office. Raises Umoja commitments, shopping carts and fax authorizations for offices, reviews requisitions of goods/services and availability of funds prior to approval by the certifying officer. Assists with verifying billings and Inter-office Vouchers (lOVs) for various common services e.g. telephone bills, rent and utilities, travel documents, etc. and reports on discrepancies. Follows up with the relevant offices on settlement of billings and IOVs.

Staffing table support: Assists in maintenance and updates staff lists; provides support for staff contract extensions, position funding and organizational management; follows up with appropriate project administrators in response to queries from the Staff Pay and Benefits Section/UNON. Perform other ad-hoc duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, and apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resource rules and regulations in work situations. 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.
Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Ability to work is a team setting. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and is willing to learn from others.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.

Completion of high school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplemental technical training in the field of office management, secretarial training or other related field is desirable.
Work Experience:
A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in secretarial and general office support or related area in a large organization; experience within the UN Secretariat or other international organization is desirable.
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN Language is an advantage.
Other Skills:
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is desirable.
Candidates MUST have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Test (ASAT) or the Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or at Offices Away from Headquarters (OAHs). Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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Applications should include:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page)
  • CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website ( Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a Personal History Profile (PHP).
  • The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.

All applications should be submitted to:
Ms. Joy Munene
P.O. Box 30030
00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Deadline for applications: 22 February 2017

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