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Job Opportunity at United Nations, Administrative Assistant- Jobs in Tanzania November 2018

Job Opportunity at United Nations, Administrative Assistant- Jobs in Tanzania November 2018
Job Opportunity at United Nations, Administrative Assistant- Jobs in Tanzania November 2018

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Job description
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Registry of the Arusha Branch, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Mechanism” or IRMCT), under the supervision and direction of the Head of the Legal Section and Mechanism Special Adviser on Enforcement of Sentences in the Office of the Registrar.


Perform duties in two main areas: 1. Requisitioning, and 2. General office, legal, servicing of meetings, and administrative support services. Typical duties and responsibilities will encompass the following:

  • Act as the Legal Section’s requisitioner: Identify requirements for goods and services for the portfolios enforcement of sentences, United Nations Detention Facility, released and acquitted persons, monitoring, defence counsel, and court management; draft statements of work and estimate not-to-exceed amounts; obligate funds in Umoja by raising Fund Commitments, Shopping Carts, direct purchase orders or Travel Requests; monitor expenditure against contracts and purchase orders, verify invoices and raise Service Entry Sheets; liaise with contracted vendors; request timely renewal of contracts.
  • Act as an administrative focal point for correspondence/queries between the Registry and external entities.
  • Take and prepare written minutes of meetings; Draft routine correspondence, documents, reports, letters, memoranda, etc. in English and French and ensure necessary follow up. Handle incoming and outgoing correspondence and other material in both English and French; Ensure proper distribution within the Registry; Maintain a log of incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the work of the Legal Section; Keep track of deadlines with respect to submission and distribution of documents produced by the Legal Section.
  • Maintain and update files, including entering final documents into the Mechanism’s electronic documents and records management system.
  • Receive, screen and transmit telephone calls in English and French, and answer queries with discretion. Answer enquiries accurately and provide requested documents. Refer complex enquiries to members of the Legal Section, as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions. Sound knowledge of operational and administrative policies, practices and procedures including records management/filing procedures, and UN financial and procurement rules and regulations. Excellent computer skills. Very good drafting and editing skills. Experience dealing with confidential information. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having twoway communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • High school diploma or equivalent, with excellent knowledge of word-processing and other standard office software. Additional training in the field of secretarial functions, administration, a legal or related area is desirable. Additional training in SAP/Umoja is highly desirable.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience within the United Nations system and/or the private or not-for-profit sector in the field(s) of administrative or secretarial services, finance, procurement, or in other related fields. Transactional experience in an SAP system, such as the United Nations Umoja ERP, is an advantage. Experience in an international legal environment is highly desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. For the post advertised, fluency in both oral and written English and French is required. Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or Kiswahili may be an advantage.


  • There may be a technical test followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • The appointment is limited to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated into the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

United Nations Considerations
According 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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” hyperlink 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 legislation 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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