Senior Administrative Officer, New York, United States At DOS – Department of Operational Support

Closing date: Saturday, 18 March 2023

Posting Title: SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: Department of Operational Support

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 07 March 2023 – 18 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Administration-DOS-203377-J-New York (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Administrative Section (AS), Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS) in the Division of Administration (DOA) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS). The Administrative Section provides programme, administrative and information management support to FCAS as well as property management, help desk and reception services to UN Headquarters entities, delegations and visitors. The Department of Operational Support was established to provide operational advisory services to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices away from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions. The Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS) operates the Headquarters complex, striving to provide effective and efficient planning, management, maintenance and operation for all existing physical facilities and assets at the UN Headquarters, New York. FCAS also supports office and conference facilities, property management, travel and transportation services, archives and records management, mail and pouch operations, catering, gift shop and the United Nations Postal Administration. The Senior Administrative Officer reports to the Chief of the Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS).


Within delegated authority, the Senior Administrative Officer will be responsible for the following: Policy and Planning

  •  Assists management in the development and implementation of FCAS administrative and financial framework.
  •  Advises management on programme management, budgeting, financial, human resources and general administration and management information issues and practices.
  •  Provides inputs to, and draft, major/complex reports for presentation to management, intergovernmental bodies and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  •  Provides advice and support for the management in such areas as special reviews of operational objectives and related administrative policies/procedures, etc.
  •  Participates in task forces of the Secretariat on human resources and administrative matters, including the implementation of information management system. Human Resource Management
  •  Takes the lead in coordinating the full range of staff and human resource administration-related issues, ensuring FCAS requirements are met. This involves overseeing development and maintenance of staffing table records; interpretation and application of staff rules relating to human resource issues; preparation of staffing projects and other ad hoc status reports on those issues.
  •  Ensures all actions are in compliance with operational procedures for recruitment, transfer, placement and separation of staff, promotions as well as mobility and career development; gender equality and staff-management relations.
  •  Provides expert advice with respect to conditions of service, duties and responsibilities, and privileges and entitlements under the Staff Rules and Regulations. Budget and Finance
  •  Takes the lead in securing the required resources for the Service, including cost recovery of rental and other facility management charges. Coordinates the preparation of Regular and Extra-Budgetary budget submissions.
  •  Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorised levels of approximately US$100 million annually. Exercises control over budgetary expenditures from these resources and advise more senior staff regarding the allocation/availability of budget resources.
  •  Develops, establishes and maintains a set of sound policies, procedures, standards and tools that are consistent with UN policy and practice in order to ensure proper accounting, financial management and control.
  •  Serves as lead financial officer to the Service, providing guidance and direction on business and resource planning. Formulates strategic direction and evaluates strategic options, particularly in terms of resource implications.
  •  Coordinates inputs for programme planning and results-based budgeting, monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators and reporting on budget/programme performance
  •  Prepares internal financial reports and responses to Internal and External Audit observations in compliance with the Financial Rules and Regulations. General Administration
  •  Coordinates risk management and oversight matters, including draft responses to Internal and External Audits and monitoring of compliance with accepted recommendations.
  •  Plans, organises and implements support services.
  •  Oversees information management and IT support to the Service, including business intelligence reporting, administration of applications and systems, and liaison with the Office of Information and Communications Technology.
  •  Provides general oversight on the management of recurring contract and leases.
  •  Oversees property management support to UN Headquarter entities and administer the provision of effective customer services, including operation of the facilities management help desk and reception services to Delegates and the public.
  •  Manages administrative staff of the Service and prepares performance reports and medium-term plans for this staff.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: Demonstrated professional competence and expert knowledge in the areas of Programme Planning, Administration, Budget, Finance, Human Resources and Contract Management; Knowledge of budgetary, financial and administrative policies and procedures and human resources management. Demonstrated competence in the use of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, data analysis and reporting. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Ability to coordinate programmatic and operational activities as well as establish effective relationships with counterparts and clients. Has conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to establish priorities, plan and organize work requirements, coordinate, monitor the Section’s activities, and make timely decisions. Ability to integrate the Section work into the Division’s work programme. 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. Judgement/Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff Appraises performance fairly. 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. Communication: Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both spoken and written. Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, information management or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work ExperienceA minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, and/or budget and finance, and/or human resources management and/or information management and/or or related field is required. Experience effecting change in an organization, taking the lead in own area of work to support and propagate this change is desirable. At least 3 years experience with budget and finance modules in Umoja or similar ERP applications is desirable Experience in construction projects and administration under Assets Under Construction is desirable. Experience in data management and reporting is desirable. Experience drafting senior management reports for the governing bodies is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special NoticeThis position is temporarily available for an initial period of six months with possibility of extension. 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. 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. This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. 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. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. 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. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. 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.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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. 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. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.



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