Assistant, Office Administration, Geneva



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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/23/FT8 Title: Assistant, Office Administration, Geneva Grade: G5 Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment Duration of contract: 2 years

Date: 20 January 2023 Application Deadline: 19 February 2023 Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI) Change Management (CHM)/Department of Management (MGT) Duty station: Geneva Switzerland

About UNAIDS: Serving Communities and Countries to End Inequalities and AIDS.

We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, lead the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. By placing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities at the heart of our work, we lead the global response to AIDS by: (i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services, (ii) breaking down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes, and (iii) integrating efficient HIV responses into wider health and protection systems.

We are committed to creating an equal, safe and empowering workplace culture where all people in all their diversity thrive. We live our values of Commitment to the AIDS Response, Integrity and Respect for Diversity. You can access the full UNAIDS Competency Framework at (link)

MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT: The Change Management team leads, coordinates and advocates for the UNAIDS change agenda in order to deliver its commitments to the Global AIDS Strategy. This includes organizational and cultural change. It provides a platform, tools and communications to engage and support staff through the change process. The Change Management team also monitors and communicates the change results in line with UNAIDS goals of a safe and empowering environment, and response in the region focused on key populations and locations most at risk.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position: Under the supervision of Director of Change Management, the Assistant, Office Administration has the following key responsibilities: 1) General administrative support a. Answers queries concerning administrative, HR, financial and other rules and procedures, providing ongoing advice and/or resolving issues. b. Ensures that all necessary administrative authorizations are obtained, that all mandatory requirements are fulfilled and that all relevant UNAIDS systems and registers are maintained up to date and to standard. c. Provides administrative support and general office assistance, including but not limited to collecting, screening and distributing incoming correspondence and documents, processing and following up on requests from internal and occasionally external partners including UNAIDS, governmental institutions, national civil society organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations, and other institutional stakeholders. d. Maintains office/programme/project files for completed and on-going activities in paper or electronic form for monitoring purposes as required. Maintains stationary and other supplies and provides office troubleshooting and general assistance support to staff in the office, as required. e. As instructed drafts or prepares in final version general and administrative correspondence. Checks correspondence submitted for clearance for consistency, style, accuracy and compliance with corresponding rules and procedures. f. If required, provides information and informal interpretation from/to the local language and other services for office staff and official personnel on travel.

2) Support to substantive programme and operational development and implementation a. Provides assistance in the implementation of department / division / office / programme / project substantive activities such as: assisting with the organization or coordination of meetings, seminars and training workshops; preparing notes, meeting minutes, agendas, hand-outs and other materials for the events; preparing and/or coordinating office/programme/project travel plans and visits for the responsible staff or external stakeholders. b. Performs routine research activities, collects and compiles statistical and other qualitative and quantitative information from a variety of sources on subjects relevant to the department / division / office / programme / project substantive activities to facilitate preparation of reports, working papers, and presentations, under appropriate guidance. c. Prepares contracts and obtains necessary approvals, monitors expiration dates, tracks payments and deliverables. d. Within the delegation of authority, liaises with official contacts on administrative issues related to the involvement of government, donors, partners and beneficiaries in substantive activities as well as on issues related to collaboration with other UN agencies.

3) Financial transaction and monitoring support a. In compliance with UNAIDS financial rules and reporting policies, carries out transactions using the designated corporate platforms and systems, ensuring accuracy of budget lines, records, receipts, payments, balances, expenditures and other data. b. Maintains and monitors financial records and daily transactions. Selects and enters data, makes additional calculations and ensures inclusion of all relevant data; identifies discrepancies and seeks advice from supervisor and/or others, when necessary. c. Assists in budget preparation and audits, as instructed. d. Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and/or backstopping for others.


Education: Essential: Completion of secondary education.

Desirable: Post-secondary or paraprofessional training or certification in an area related to office administration and/or UNAIDS work and/or accounting and financial management and/or communication..

Competencies: UNAIDS Values: – Commitment to the AIDS response. – Integrity – Respect for Diversity

Core competencies: – Working in Teams – Communicating with Impact – Applying Expertise – Delivering Results – Driving Change and Innovation – Being Accountable

Experience: Essential: A minimum of five years of general office administration experience, including experience in dealing with financial matters. Knowledge of and/or familiarity with the administrative processes of international organizations.

Desirable: Knowledge of and experience with UNAIDS or WHO administrative policies.

Languages: Essential: Proficiency in English.

Desirable: Knowledge of additional UN official languages.

Additional Information: Please note that this is a locally recruited position. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. Furthermore, we will only accept online applications for General Service vacancies.

Annual salary: (Net of tax) CHF 61,927 at single rate

Applicants will be required to take a test. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS’s e-Recruitment website at: (link) The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Tags: change management, financial management, hiv prevention, office administration, people living with hiv, sustainable development, sustainable development goals