Administrative Assistant

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The immunization programme is tasked with providing expertise and general support for high-quality immunization services to all communities of the Member States of the sub-region, in order to prevent morbidity, mortality and disability from diseases which are preventable through the optimum use of currently available vaccines and vaccines that become available periodically.


As Administrative Assistant in the VPD programme, mainly under the VPD team lead, the incumbent will ensure the smooth flow of work as related to administrative and finance activities, coordinating actions with other support staff in the team and in consultation and collaboration with the VPD team lead in accordance with WHO rules, regulations, and policies.








  • ·      Oversee and monitor the information flow of the office, screening, logging, sorting, identifying areas requiring action by the supervisor and routing correspondence. 
  • ·      Ensure effective and timely follow up on requests for information, briefings and other actions, liaising with units/teams, as appropriate. 
  • ·      Disseminate information on administrative procedures to staff in the team/department and assist staff in adhering to WHO administrative procedures. 
  • ·     Train staff in the Cluster on administrative services including new changes in the process for Finance, HR, Procurement, and other related areas. 
  • ·       Monitor requests for goods and services, including receipt, payment and inventory requirements. 
  • ·       Coordinate and monitor office space requirements in liaison with relevant units as required. 
  • ·       Introduce new and efficient processes and tools to expedite administrative actions. 






  •       Prepare and consolidate reports and documentation soliciting inputs from various staff in the team. 
  •     Draft general or administrative correspondence on own initiative or on the basis of instructions; finalize correspondence/reports for signature/clearance. 
  •       Verify that outgoing correspondence is presented in accordance with WHO and department styles and checking language, grammar and accuracy prior to submitting for signature and clearance. 
  •       Analyse incoming correspondence and requests in the light of background material, instructions, policies and precedents, researching, obtaining and attaching background information in anticipation of the responsible officer’s needs, or redirecting them as appropriate; identify and highlight incoming documents and attach background information and identify areas requiring action by professional staff, drawing their attention to specific items. 
  •       Ensure that technical reports and documents are in line with WHO standards, rules, practices and procedures, editing and correcting them as necessary prior to their submission for signature or clearance of relevant authority. 
  •       Using appropriate tracking tools, follow-up on and ensure that target dates and deadlines are met, and that correspondence and queries are responded to in a timely manner. 


Information Management


  • In close collaboration with other support staff, create and/or maintain filing systems; continual review of filing system to ensure information is up to date and effectively and efficiently used. 
  • Obtain documents and information from in-house and external sources as required; perform information searches (library, internet) as requested. 
  •  Coordinate compilation of technical documents requested of and provided by staff to ensure they are logically compiled, formatted and assembled to facilitate the work of the Cluster.
  • Maintain updated contacts’ information of donors and partners 


Meeting administration 


  •     Arrange, coordinate and lead administrative preparation for meetings, seminars, workshops, including preparing event plans in GSM/Oracle, letters of invitation, cost estimates and travel requests; assisting with preparation of documents; dispatching of materials and liaising with participants and others involved. 
  •        Prepare presentations using PowerPoint and other software packages on own initiative or based on instructions. 
  •      Schedule team/departmental meetings, according to schedules and need; taking minutes and following up on action points to ensure timely response to the requests of the RHRM and preparation of minutes. 
  •      Obtain briefing and background materials for meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. to be attended by the team’s professional staff, checking their availability and ensuring they have the appropriate briefing files and documents. 



Travel and Procurement


    Raising registrations and TRs in the GSM system


    Follow up on the receipts of the goods/services and enter the receipts in the system


    Monitor encumbrances


    Using GSM/Oracle, prepare travel requests for official WHO travel. Make flight and hotel reservations, prepare travel files and deal with other related matters as requested or on own initiative. 





    Ensure that files are maintained, stored and easily retrievable for the team. 


Other duties


    Perform other related duties as required or instructed, including providing support to other areas of work 










Essential: Completion of secondary education or equivalent technical training or commercial education

Desirable:  Training in secretarial tasks and/or in an administrative, finance & procurement field is desirable.





Essential: At least 5 years of relevant experience and preferably on administrative related areas of work.

Desirable: Experience in other areas such as Program Management, Travel and Procurement would be an asset.  Experience in WHO or another UN agency in an administrative cluster with a sound knowledge of its rules, regulation, procedures, and practices as related to the work. Experience in Oracle-based or other ERP systems an asset





WHO Competencies:


  • Communicating in a credible and effective way Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences 
  • Producing results 
  • Fosters integration and teamwork 
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences 


Use of language skills


Essential: Expert knowledge of French and intermediate knowledge of English. 








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 XAF 8,958,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.




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 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: 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 E-Manual.


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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.


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.


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