The Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Greece invites qualified candidates to apply for the following Job Opening:
Job Posting Title: Assistant Administrative Officer
Job Requisition: 2206102
Duration of appointment: One-year fixed-term appointment (with possibility of extension)
Position number: 31000657
Category and Grade: National Professional Officer, NOA
Duty Station: Athens
Closing date: 6 April 2023 (Midnight, Geneva)
Nature of the position
The position is embedded in the Administration Unit of the Country Office of the Greece operation, and its incumbent is expected to demonstrate maturity, undertake tasks with diplomacy and confidentiality due to the close cooperation with workforce on an array of matters (supporting arrival / departures, visa applications, franchise forms of household import / export for International workforce), Ministries e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Protocol Department), as well as other high level stakeholders, e.g. UN Agencies, Embassies, donors as well as suppliers. Excellent communication skills in English and Greek are required, including for the drafting of SOPs, proposals for improvement of various locally implemented Admin processes, correspondence, minutes and reports, further considering participation as Member to various committees may be required, along with a sound knowledge and direct experience with UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures, on which International and local workforce alike need to be advised and supported - as applicable. Additionally, the incumbent must have the knowhow, managerial skills, and the situational judgement to be able to manage a significant number of diverse requirements and deliverables of an administrative nature, within short deadlines, in an effective and efficient way, as well as to review and manage the related budget, procurement, travel, the fleet, facilities and maintenance of premises / general administration. Previous UN experience in this area is regarded an asset.
Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of full vaccination, independently of contract type and duration, unless the candidate is based in a location with documented lack of access to Covid-19 vaccines.
Desired Candidate Profile
The incumbent assists the Supervisor in all administrative matters addressing day to day tasks and contributing to deliver administrative activities. S/he will contribute to establish and maintain efficient administrative control mechanisms to ensure compliance with UN administrative, financial and human resources rules and procedures. Contacts on administrative / budgetary related issues are mainly with Sections / Units / Offices within the organization both at HQ and in the Field and with local suppliers / services to ensure provision of services and resolution of difficult challenges. Frequent external contacts are counterparts in other organizations or in national Government at working level related to issues of importance to the Organization's programmes. Attends inter-agency and other meetings, with specific focus on general administration, staff safety and human resources issues (i.e. common services), when requested. Implements and supports roll-out of systems, policies, processes and procedures to improve and strengthen internal controls in line with UNHCR rules and regulations. Participates in a competitive procurement process for selecting, awarding and issuing local contracts, in line with UNHCR regulations, rules and procedures. Manages contracts for the premises, cleaning and security services, and other services as and when required, and serves as a member of the Local Contracts Committee (LCC). Undertakes missions to field locations to review administrative arrangements and makes appropriate recommendations as required.
Reviews and approves the settlement of employee entitlements including DSA, and coordinates training and capacity-building activities to staff in administrative related areas.
Living and Working Conditions
Greece has been one of the main entry points of refugees wishing to reach the EU. UNHCR has supported -and will continue doing so- the Government, which leads the refugee response working closely with the EU, state and municipal actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, refugees, local communities. While Greece is still considered a transit country, it has also become a country of asylum. UNHCR estimates that some 70,000-80,000 refugees, including those with subsidiary and temporary protection status, are currently living in Greece, in addition to some 30,000 asylum-seekers. While most refugees and asylum-seekers are in the mainland, living in and outside camps, there are currently over 4,500 in the islands. The large majority of the latter live in camps. UNHCR Greece is focused on a protection-driven approach around two pillars: 1.access to international protection and 2. durable solutions with a focus on integration. UNHCR uses a mix of operational engagement, CB protection efforts, expert advice provision to the Government, monitoring and improved data collection, targeted interventions and advocacy, aiming to support Greece in fulfilling its obligations to provide protection and solutions to persons in need of international protection. Child protection, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse, and institutional capacity strengthening in these areas will continue to be priority, in line with the Office's age, gender and diversity mainstreaming approach. In doing so, UNHCR seeks to build on the strengths and capacities of refugees, working together and in consultation with them.
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations
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Duties and Qualifications
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Administrative Officer is responsible for supporting the Office / Bureau in the implementation of general administrative and resource management tasks. The incumbent assists the Supervisor in all administrative matters addressing day to day tasks and contributing to deliver administrative activities.
S/he will contribute to establish and maintain efficient administrative control mechanisms to ensure compliance with UN administrative, financial and human resources rules and procedures. Contacts on administrative / budgetary-related issues are mainly with Sections / Units / Offices within the organization both at HQ and in the Field and with local suppliers / services to ensure provision of services and resolution of difficult problems. Frequent external contacts are counterparts in other organizations or in national Governments at working level related to issues of importance to the Organization's programmes.
Direct supervision is received from the immediate supervisor. The incumbent will also refer to UNHCR and UN handbooks and policy papers concerning administrative rules and regulations.
The incumbent may directly supervise general service staff.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
Field(s) of Education
Relevant Job Experience
All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below:
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Duration of Appointment
The closing date for submission is 6 April 2023 (Midnight, Geneva).
Kindly note that only electronic applications will be considered:
well before the deadline.
UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.