Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Regional Desk of the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) in Istanbul.
In its Resolution A / RES / 72 / 279, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the transformation of the Development Coordination Office (DCO) as a stand-alone coordination office within the United Nations Secretariat.
The new DCO assumes managerial and oversight functions of the resident coordinator system under the collective ownership of the members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).
The incumbent reports to the Regional Director, UNDCO, Istanbul.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Assistant is responsible for the following :
updates website; generates a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases.
takes necessary action to ensure project documents are completed and submitted to relevant parties for approval.
monitors and follows-up on actions to be taken.
Understanding of the functions and organization of the work unit and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units.
Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues / problems and to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources.
remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
High school diploma or equivalent.
A minimum of seven years of experience in programme or project support and administration, technical cooperation, or related areas, is required.
A minimum of three years of experience organizing and coordinating meetings, conferences and events is required.
Experience with procurement, finance and administration is desirable.
Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience with inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.
Experience working in a multicultural team at country, regional, or global level is desirable.
Experience working with senior officials in the United Nations System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Turkish is required.
Knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Services and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country.
A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat.
Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.
or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In 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 staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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