Roster for Programme Assistant (Health Systems, HIS/Cluster Sector, MRH) (G-5), Damascus, Syria

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    OTHER
  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Health / Medical, Project Management
  • Deadline:
    11/02/2024

JOB DESCRIPTION

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State’s health and development agendas and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Provide full administrative support to the assigned programme:

  1. Draft, review and revise correspondence, reports and documents for proper format and content in consultation with the supervisor.
  2. Independently compose correspondence of administrative nature, take notes at meetings, provides informal interpretation/translation when required.
  3. Prepare and process travel requests for team members using GSM, arrange for visa issuance, security clearance, flight and hotel bookings, follows up travel related issues of national and international missions.
  4. Scan, record, refer and follow up correspondence and documents, evaluate the urgency or critical nature bringing them to the attention of the responsible staff.
  5. Inform and remind responsible staff of follow-up dates, response or specific actions, supplying supporting material as appropriate.
  6. Using GSM, monitor aspects of the implementation of country activities, funds for project/programme budget levels and financial expenditures, according to the approved country workplan.
  7. Initiate and process different transactions in GSM, including procurement of goods and services and follows up with concerned parties the receipt of deliverables and finalization of payments.
  8. Compile background material for planning, monitoring and evaluation (including mini-reviews) exercises.
  9. Maintain and update the filing of technical documents and correspondence (soft/hard copies and databases if applicable).
  10. Create background reference material as appropriate; access and retrieve relevant material.
  11. Finalize all administrative and logistics preparations required for the organization of meetings held in the country (working groups, seminars/courses, workshops) and pay per diem to participants as appropriate (if needed).
  12. Respond to and act on telephone enquiries in a timely manner.
  13. Assess the critical nature of technical issues and direct them to appropriate staff for reply, coordinate appointments for supervisors, establish and maintain a proper computerized information system on MOH and UN counterparts, WHO Collaborating Centers, etc.
  14. Brief colleagues on general office administrative process.
  15. Assist/replace administrative staff in the team and perform other related duties as required.
  16. Participate in field visits, if required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: Completion of secondary education supplemented by secretarial training
Desirable: University degree in business administration, social sciences or related field is an asset

Experience

Essential: At least five years progressive administrative experience.
Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system.

Skills

  1. Good filing and organizational skills.
  2. Ability to maintain good working relationships with staff, experts and visitors.
  3. Demonstrated ability to translate routine correspondence into English.
  4. Very good time management and stress management skills.
  5. Knowledge of WHO rules, manuals, practices, procedures and WHO Style Guide applicable to the administrative level an asset.

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Knowing and managing yourself
  5. Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essentials: Intermediate knowledge of English and expert knowledge of Arabic.

REMUNERATION

WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at USD 14,831 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
  • The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States (https://www.who.int/careers/diversity-equity-and-inclusion) are strongly encouraged to apply.  Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to reasonableaccommodation@who.int
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
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  • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
  • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
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