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  • Organization: UNOG - United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Operations Support Unit, Central Support Services (CSS), Division of Administration, UNOG. The incumbent will report to the Chief, CSS.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Human Resource Management
- Manages CSS staffing tables (post incumbency and post allocation).
- Manages vacancies and all activities related to recruitment (creation of job openings in Inspira, performing preliminary evaluations, administration of written tests, participation in interview panels, drafting of interview reports and transmittal memoranda).
- Reviews and establishes job description questionnaires.
- Reviews and certifies overtime requests.
- Acts as a primary focal point to the Human Resources Management Service (HRMS) on matters related to recruitment, placement, promotion, classification, entitlements, separation, and disciplinary proceedings.
- Drafts documents for the Chief of CSS related to policy on human resources issues, and monitors the timely preparation of performance appraisal reports.
- Provides guidance to staff in relation to the interpretation and application of staff rules.

Budget and Finance
- Initiates and conducts studies to improve budget reporting systems and cost-effective utilization of program resources. Prepares budgetary submissions related to the mandate and work programme of Central Support Services.
- Monitors and controls expenditures. Reports on budget and programme performance.
- Establishes and maintains a set of sound policies, procedures, standards, and tools that are consistent with UN policy and practice in order to ensure proper accounting, financial management, and control. Coordinates year-end activities.
- Acts as Certifying Officer for all staff and non-staff related to regular budget and extra-budgetary accounts of Central Support Services.

Property Management
- Ensures compliance with Financial Regulations and Rules (FRR), Property Management Manual, Fixed.

Asset Management Framework and Local Standard Operating Procedures
- Provides guidance and services to more than 30 Geneva-based clients and liaises with UNHQ Property Management Unit and UNOG Finance Section.

Environmental Affairs
- Supervises environmental activities of CSS (establishment of an Environmental Management System, communication of CSS greening initiatives).
- Provides direct support to the Chief of CSS for work plan formulation, office coordination, business continuity, and coordination of responses to ad hoc requests.

General Administration
- Implements and monitors support services, including procurement of supplies and services; transport, travel and traffic, communications, engineering, and information technology support; and provision of local utilities and service requirements.
- Supervises a staff team (Property Management Sub-Unit, UNOG’s catering services, and all related activities of Central Support Services) and/or provides advice to others on human resource administration, financial administration, and management information issues and practices to colleagues.
- Produces major/complex reports for management.
- Provides expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff.
- Performs other related work as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial and human resources policies and procedures. Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Ability to identify issues, formulates opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work. Encourages others to set challenging goals. Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility. Genuinely values all staff members' input and expertise. Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort. Involves others when making decisions that affect them.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

A certification in project management such as Prince2 Foundation is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively experience in administration, finance, accounting, human resources management or related field is required.

Experience in the preparation of budget submissions is required.

At least three years of experience in the UN Common System is desirable.

Experience working in the Human Resources and in billing Modules with ERP systems (e.g.. Umoja and Umoja Real Estate) is desirable.

Experience in managing staffing tables is desirable.

Experience in leading a team of at least 10 staff is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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” hyper-link 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 legislations 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.

No Fee


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