Org. Setting and Reporting
The UN Secretary-General’s launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator – the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level – support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Maldives, the Executive Associate ensures effective and efficient functioning of the RC’s office, full confidentiality in all aspects of assignment, maintenance of protocol procedures, management of information flow and follow-up on deadlines and commitments made. The Executive Associate performs a variety of standard administrative processes ensuring high quality and accuracy of work.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1. ENSURES EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT FUNCTIONING OF THE RC OFFICE:
• Maintenance of the supervisor’s calendar, contacts with high-ranking visitors, arrangement
of appointments and meetings, acting as an interpreter when required and/or taking minutes.
• Maintenance of protocol procedures.
• Preparation of high quality briefing materials for supervisor for appointments, meetings, missions.
• Preparation of informal translations.
• Management of RC missions and representation schedule.
• Logistically supports the preparation of missions of senior officials from headquarters and other non-resident agencies to the country.
• Procedures for visas and accreditations of foreign officials in the offices of consular relations and immunities and privileges of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• Maintenance of rosters of high-level partners, telephone lists.
• Preparation of correspondence, directives, comments on behalf of RC for his/her signature and making follow-up when required.
• Use of automated office management systems for effective functioning of the RC office, including, but not limited to, RC Office budget in ERP System (known as UMOJA in the UN), HR management, IRIS system.
2. ENSURES PROVISION OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT TO THE OFFICE:
• Maintenance of the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials. Use of automated filing system.
• Coordination of the information flow in the office, follow up on circulation files.
• Facilitation of information sharing between UNCT and the UN Coordination Office.
• Follow up on deadlines, commitments made, actions taken and coordination of collection.
and submission of the reports to RC.
• Screening of all incoming calls and correspondence.
• Presentation of proposals to eliminate communication bottlenecks in the office and streamline office procedures between the supervisor’s office and subordinate division.
3. ENSURES FACILITATION OF KNOWLEDGE BUILDING AND MANAGEMENT:
• Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
• Organization of specialized trainings.
• Organization of trainings to UN staff on coordination, administration and protocol issues.
• Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
• Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
• Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
4. ENSURES FACILITATION AND EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
• Organization of donor partners’ forum meetings
• Facilitation of information and exchange to support harmonization of work international partners in support of the 2030 Agenda
• Provision of secretariat support to the Donor Partners’ Forum
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
A minimum of High school diploma or equivalent, is required. A degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business Administration or other related field is desirable. Passing the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) is a pre-requisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GSST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.
A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in secretarial, administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources or related area at the national or international level is required.
A minimum of one (1) year work experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
Experience in general office support or related area is desirable.
Work experience with an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, such as Umoja or similar, is desirable.
Work experience with the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Dhivehi, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: “Fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ” Knowledge of” equals a rating of’ confident” in two of the four areas
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is on a local basis and is open for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension subject to funding availability.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. However, Applicants may apply and be considered for locally recruited positions no matter where they are currently located (including the current serving staff members at other duty stations), provided they are locally available upon appointment. They will be considered locally recruited for purposes of SR 4.4. If selected, the GS staff member will be responsible for any costs related to their travel and relocation in the context or onboarding. If they do not already have the right to work in the duty station, appointment is contingent on issuance of a visa from the local authorities. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall
not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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in the application.
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United Nations Considerations
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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