This position is located within the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability of Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD) and will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. The incumbent will report to the Chief, Information Systems Management Unit, who in turn reports to the Chief of the Analysis and Evidence Office.
UNITAD was established by the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), according to which it is mandated to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da’esh) accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da’esh) in Iraq.
Within delegated authority, the Administrative Assistant will carry out the following duties:
•Support the UNITAD information and evidence management programme and its digitization programme: (in consultation with the Information Systems Management Section) assist with administrative and operational tasks associated with the implementation and execution of the digitization project, including arranging transport requirements, identifying equipment and systems that meet requirements; ensuring that the equipment under his/her responsibility is in good working order and that scanners are calibrated to requirements.
• Review expenditures and compare with the field mission approved budget; prepare adjustments as necessary. Assist managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions; coordinate with other finance and budget staff on related issues during the preparation of the budget report.
• Assist in the preparation of budget performance submissions and in the finalization of budget performance reports.
• Monitor integrity of various financial databases and verify accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data recorded.
• Review requisitions for goods and services to ensure correct objects of expenditure have been charged and availability of funds.
• Draft routine correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant administrative, financial audit and personnel matters; schedule meetings and appointments; maintain files of administrative instructions and other rules and regulations; provide guidance and training to other administrative assistants.
• Coordinate extensively with service units and liaise frequently with internal team members both at the Headquarters and in the field.
• Perform other related administrative duties, as required e.g., operational travel plan for unit/section; attendance and leave recording; physical space allocation plans and the identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems, assist with the organization and coordination of seminars, conferences and translations.
• Professionalism: Proven ability to complete tasks with word processing and database software. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• 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.
• 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.
High school or equivalent diploma is required. Secondary school, technical school, university and other courses and training programmes relating to the work, is desirable.
At least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of finance, accounting, human resources, administrative services, audit or other related fields is required.
Experience in arranging travel and accommodation is required.
Experience working in a law firm or financial investigation entity is desirable.
Three years of field experience in the United Nations system or other international organizations is desirable.
Experience working with administrative software, Word, Excel, i2 Analyst Notebook and related, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This trust fund position is temporarily available until funding expires. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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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