Administrative Associate, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Thursday, 2 February 2023

Job Identification : 6669

Locations : New York, United States

Posting Date : 01/19/2023, 12:15 AM

Apply Before : 02/02/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : G6

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Human Development Report Office

Independent office

Human Development Report Office

Contract Duration : 2 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : High School certificate - 6 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is responsible for the preparation, production and publication of the Global Human Development Report (HDR) - the UNDP’s annual flagship report. A Research Team, a Statistical Team and a Production Manager jointly accomplish these tasks under the direct guidance and supervision of the Director, HDRO and the Lead Author of the Report. The core teams are supported in its research, analysis, data and statistics though commissioned background papers, think pieces, consultations with internal (UNDP units) and external partners

Position Purpose:

Under the guidance of the HDRO Director and the joint supervision of the heads of the Research Team, the Statistical Team and the Production/Digital Team, the Administrative Associate will support the Research and the Statistical Teams and the Production Manager in accomplishing the relevant work plans and in producing the Global HDRs and other products of HDRO. In undertaking the exercise, the staff member will undertake the following tasks listed below.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provides Support to the substantive work of HDR Research, Statistical and Production/DigitalTeams focusing on achievement of the following results: (40%)

Smooth liaising with relevant partners to solicit their input to the HDR under preparation through drafting and sending invitations to participants (Executive Office, Directors of Bureaux, RRs), timely documents circulation and follow up to enable timely feedback; supports the convening of internal consultations and seminars.

Smooth liaising with external partners contributing to the HDR through substantive support to the logistical planning and preparation of consultations, seminars and other organized by the Research and Statistical Teams. This entails, in particular, being the focal point for the logistic arrangements of the meetings (New York and elsewhere). Drafting basic correspondence and sending invitations, follow up with invitees regarding their participation, including travel arrangements (see also below), identifying and reserving appropriate venue, arranging catering, technical support for presentations, etc.

Smooth logistical support to other events organized for the preparation and be the focal point for the logistic arrangements of occasional seminars and brainstorms, such as Statistical Advisory Panel meetings; interagency consultations; special expert meetings, workshops or in-house meetings organized throughout the year.

Appropriately formatted external correspondence, including letters, invitations, etc.; preparation of documentation including through basic lay-out and photocopying.

Provides Administrative Support for the Research, Statistical and Production/Digital Teams focusing on achievement of the following results: (10%)

Appropriate and timely travel arrangements for the team, including through coordination with other travel partners from the internal or external environment. Prepares travel authorizations and other travel-related documents;
Up-to-date G-4 visas, Laissez-Passers, Ground Passes, etc. by monitoring their expiry date and taking timely action.

(As per above) appropriate travel arrangements for invited external participants to meetings and events - as well as other team-selected contributing researchers, designers and other contractors, as instructed, in consultation with HDRO Operations unit, Travel Section and American Express; initiate follow-up action to expedite such travel or troubleshoot any problems;
Fully-up-to date mailing list for National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and filing systems for correspondence and other documents handled or addressed to the team;
Timely purchases and logging of academic literature requested by the Director or Research, Statistical and Production/Digital Teams,

Drafting or redirects correspondence and enquires addressed to the team;
Timely follows up on routine actions and deadlines of activities involving the team input;
Supports substantively the procurement processes for the team through the following activities in the UNDP ERP System: (10%)

Preparation of requisition plan for the unit;
Preparation of requisitions and Purchase Orders (PO) in ERP;
Creation in ERP of vendor set-up information; Buyers profile;
Support to team members in preparing submissions to the Contract, Asset and Procurement Committee (CAP) and Advisory Committee on Procurement (ACP);
Implementation of the internal control system which ensures that Purchase Orders are duly prepared and dispatched, as well as timely corrective actions on POs with budget check errors and other problems;
Liaising with team members and follow up on contracts for consultants and vendors in collaboration with supervisors and help ensure timely payment;
Review and ascertain whether procurement documentation is in conformity with project objectives, fund availability and in line with UNDP rules and regulations;
Support the unit in preparing long lists of consultants for selection by supervisor and compile supporting documents.

Provides support to the administration of budgets and financial management for HDRO focusing on achievement of the following results: (15%)

Timely review of the HDR preparation budget against the office wide budget (centralized budget) and advise to the Team Leaders on necessary revisions, regularly reviewing ERP financial reports;
Timely revisions to the HDR preparation budget as appropriate;
As appropriate, preparation of donor financial reports based on regular monitoring of donor contributions in ERP and prepare financial reporting;
Smooth and timely liaising with the Operations Manager on the HDR preparation budget, including monitoring of the project delivery, keeping track of all consultants and vendors and keeping the Team Leaders informed about the budget, including potential problems;
Proper control of the supporting documents for payments and financial reports for projects.

Maintenance of the proper filing system for finance records and documents;
Provision of the information for the audit;
Creation of requisitions in ERP for projects, register of goods receipt in ERP, and preparing supporting documents of funds and activities.

Making budget check for requisitions and POs.

Appropriate administrative support that the team may need including when the senior policy advisor is absent;
Use of 5% official work time for self-learning (with priority to UNDP mandatory courses).

Focal point for the distribution of Human Development Reports and related products: (15%)

Liaise with the HDR print/distribution vendor and handle the distribution of HDRs to UNDP Country Offices (CO), launch events and other target audiences:

Ensure timely shipment of publications and orders, monitor shipment status, and resolve shipping or customs-related problems in a timely manner

Assist UNDP CO’s with placing orders and provide guidance

Ensure that the distribution vendor follows HDR distribution best practices

Receive and monitor daily distribution reports

Maintain all distribution related databases and lists, input data, clean up entries, and share with the HDRO management for clearance

Handle the distribution to local target audiences

Manage the HDR Distribution site:

Monitor the site, track and record any problems and communicate with the web analyst and production/web manager for prompt resolution

Ensure all payments were received before marking orders for processing/fulfillment

Ensure all information on the site is up to date

Maintain the inventory of HDR products. Prepare and submit quarterly Inventory Reporting of HDRO publications to the relevant BMS Office.

Support HDR Production and Web (10%)

Report to the HDR Production/Digital Manager on distribution, production budget, invoices and other issues

Create vendor profiles, PO’s, prepare supporting documentation and ensure completion for vouchers/payments

Ensure that all invoices using the corporate credit card are received and sent on a monthly basis to Operations

Escalate any unresolved distribution- or production-related issues to the production/web manager

Prepare travel arrangements as needed.


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Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Working with Evidence and Data

Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making


Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals


Quality Assurance of corporate data

Performance and data analysis and sharing lessons

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary Education with specialized certification in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance. University Degree in Business or Public Administration would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.


6 years of experience in administrative or programme assistant experience is required at the national or international level.

Advanced knowledge and experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) as well as in-depth knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Experience in supporting project management in terms of the planning and implementation of projects, managing budgets and other related data, and reporting.

Good knowledge of UNDP policies and practices is an advantage

Language Requirement:

Fluency in English and other UN languages is an asset.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.


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