Job ID 119834
Degree High School Diploma
No of Opportunity 5
Province or State Kabul
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Human Rights Service of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The Programme Management Assistant will be based in the UNAMA Human Rights Service in Kabul and supervised by the Human Rights Officer/Team Leader, under the guidance from the Senior Human Rights Officer.
Within limits of delegated authority and under the supervision of the Human Rights Officer/Team Leader, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Programme/Project Planning and Coordination
¿ Assists and provides support in the coordination of programme/project planning, and preparation work, for the Human Rights Service; monitors status of programme/project proposals and receipt of relevant documentation, for review and approval.
¿ Researches, compiles, summarises and presents basic information/data on specific programmes/projects and related topics or issues.
¿ Coordinates programme/project planning and preparation; monitors status of programme/project proposals; reviews project documents, especially cost plans/budgets, for completeness and compliance with relevant rules and procedures prior to submission for final approval and signature; identifies inconsistencies; distributes project documents to relevant parties upon approval.
¿ Prepares and analyses programme/project budget proposals; reviews and coordinates submission of programme proposals and budget estimates, ensuring that requisite information is included and justified in terms of proposed activities; propose adjustments as necessary; prepares reports and ensures that outputs/services are properly categorized; ensures necessary approval and entry in Umoja.
¿ Monitors and evaluates programmes/projects; categorizes, updates, tracks and analyses data related to programmes/projects, e.g. accounting records, outputs, resources utilized, deviations/revisions, etc.; carries out periodic status reviews, identifies issues and initiates requisite follow-up actions; prepares revised budget estimates; reports on budget revisions, expenditures and obligations, verifies availability of funds; ensures necessary approval and entry in computerized budget system; initiates financial authorizations for expenditures.
¿ Drafts programme/project summaries, coordinates review and clearance process.
¿ Compiles, summarises and presents basic information/data on project delivery; drafts related status reports, identifying shortfalls in delivery, budget overruns, etc. and brings to the attention of Management.
Administrative/Logistical Coordination and Support
¿ Serves as focal point for administrative coordination of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with diverse organisational units to initiate requests, obtain necessary clearances, processes and follow-up on administrative actions, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training and/or awareness-raising, authorisation of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, etc.
¿ Provides general office assistance; responds to complex information requests and inquiries; establishes and/or maintains electronic files and records in SharePoint as per UNARMS policy; assists in maintaining established databases; organises meetings, awareness-raising, workshops, trainings, and events; handles routine administrative tasks.
¿ Drafts correspondence and communications related to all aspects of programme/project administration, including work plan and budgets, revisions and other related issues.
¿ Translates documents and interprets at meetings, as needed.
Professionalism: Knowledge of policies, processes and procedures related to programme/project administration, general office and administrative support. Ability to research, select, organize and summarize information required for the preparation of meetings and events. Ability to identify and resolve a range of issues/problems, work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard and open sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 situation. 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 and 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.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
As per the approved Special Measure for UNAMA, a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in programme or project administration, technical cooperation or related area is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to four (4) years for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher.
Experience in information and data management, and report writing is required.
Experience in programme/project financial management is required.
Experience in programme or project administration and technical cooperation in relation to communities at risk or vulnerable populations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English, Pashto and Dari is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.
This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023, with possibility of extension.
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.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
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.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions.
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