Administration Assistant GS5- Vientiane, Vientiane, Laos

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Completion of University education in Business Administration, secretary, accounting or a certificate in the related functional area is desirable.

General Service (Field): Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs). The Job holders report to a Head of Unit, Chief, Administration Officer, or the designate.

At this level job holders are expected to take responsibility for completion of a range of processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines/practices. Job holders are able to recommend a course of action to staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to other support staff.

JOB PURPOSE

To support effective delivery and maintenance of client-focused, value-for-money oriented quality administrative practices.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Manage and update inventory items and record all WFP inventory to the Asset Management Database (GEMS Mobile);
Conduct yearly physical counts of inventory adn prepare yearly internal/external bids;
Extract, input, review of accuracy adn file data from various sources;
Monitor contract extension for vehicle insurance, security services and office rent;
Translate incoming/outgoing letters relating to administration matters;
Receive guests and arrange refreshment for meeting/training as required;
Arrange transportation for staff as required;
Create/Close Purchase Requests/Good Receipts Notes for Non-Food/Service in system and prepare Purchase Request; Purchase Order for joint UN agencies;
Draft correspondence relating to the area of responsibility and manage and maintain paper and electronic records within the area of responsibility in accordance with established procedures, to ensure swift and easy data access as required.

Be a first point of contact for internal queries, to facilitate the provision of efficient and effective resolution of daily issues.

Provide inputs to routine methods and practices in own area of work, to support the continuous improvement of services provided.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.

Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.

Tags asset management continuous improvement risk management support services

Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.

People

Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.

Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.

Create an ‚I will‘/‘We will‘ spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.

Performance

Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.

Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.

Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.

Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.

Partnership

Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.

Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.

Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Business Support Services & Reporting

Exhibits ability to convert business plans into clear actions for team members to support the implementation of the program. Collects and reports data to draw out fact-based insights.

Internal Controls & Risk Management

Demonstrates basic knowledge of internal controls, risk management, and monitoring mechanisms and their applicability to immediate client’s critical activities.

Resource Management

Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders and key clients.

Specialised Knowledge in Administrative Services

Demonstrates a broad or specialist knowledge of administration best practices, techniques and processes, and a good grasp of WFP standards, processes, and infrastructure in area of responsibility; applies this to ensure the provision of efficient and effective administration services.

Customer Focus

Monitors and supervises administrative work against the established standards and protocols for service excellence. Ensures that customer problems are identified and resolved.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

At least 4 years of working expereince in administration

Has demonstrated an ability to perform all routine administrative activities in line with WFPs operating standards through day to day work

Has supported in providing ad-hoc guidance to new staff members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Contract Type: FT contract

Contract duration: One year with renewal

Duty station: Vientiane

Grade: GS5

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Opening date: 9 November 2020

Closing date: 20 November 2020

Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.