Administrative and finance assistant

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) Administration Assistant
Location New York, USA
Application deadline 24 August 2018
Contract type Consultancy
Hours Full-time
Salary Commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate
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The UNU Centre for Policy Research in New York is an independent think tank within the United Nations system. We combine research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.

The position

The UNU is looking for an administrative and finance assistant.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Provide secretarial, administrative, financial transactions, and logistics support to ensure the smooth functioning of the Office;
  • Undertake daily receptionist duties, answer incoming calls and provide support to staff and visitors;
  • Maintain calendar and schedules;
  • Monitor changes and communicate relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit;
  • Review, record, distribute, and/or process mail and other documents; – follow-up on impending actions
    assist with the administrative logistics for events, both internal and external;
  • Undertake financial transactions in close coordination with the Finance Officer;
  • Maintain files (both paper and electronic) and databases for work unit;
  • Maintain office supplies by actively reviewing inventory and ordering items;
  • Provide guidance and support to staff on general office processes and procedures, computer applications, printing, etc.;
  • Support the work of the office ICT focal point;
  • Help administer large distribution lists; monitor, prepare, and distribute various materials and reports; handle arrangements for printing as necessary; coordinate shipment arrangements, courier services, etc.;
  • Prepare and/or process administrative requests/documents, including requisitions, purchase orders, travel requests, visa applications, hotel and restaurant reservations, etc.;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned or required

Experience and skills

  • University degree in Business Administration, International Management, Finance, Accounting or a related field (recent graduates are encouraged to apply)
  • Knowledge and work experience in the application of UN or similar regulations and rules are desirable
  • Some experience with Salesforce or other ERP software an asset
  • Excellent command of both oral and written English; knowledge of other United Nations official languages would be an asset
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications, including MS Excel, is required
  • Strong ability to establish priorities, work within tight timelines, and multitask
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision with high level of innovation
  • Ability to analyse and revise operating practices to improve efficiency
  • Strong team player with solid inter-personal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender equality

Application process

Recent graduates encouraged to apply. applicants should submit their applications by email (to [email protected]) and must include the following:

  • a cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position
  • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11); please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations
  • an updated curriculum vitae
  • full contact information of three (3) referees (e-mail, phone number, and relationship)
  • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/CPR/CTC/ AFA/63)