Assistant Administrative Officer at UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Senior Data Management Associate at UN High Commissioner for Refugees


The Assistant Administrative Officer is responsible for supporting the Office/Bureau in the implementation of general administrative and resource management tasks. The incumbent assists the Supervisor in all administrative matters addressing day to day tasks and contributing to deliver administrative activities.

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

S/he will contribute to establish and maintain efficient administrative control mechanisms to ensure compliance with UN administrative, financial and human resources rules and procedures. Contacts on administrative/budgetary related issues are mainly with Sections/Units/Offices within the organization both at HQ and in the Field and with local suppliers/services to ensure provision of services and resolution of difficult problems. Frequent external contacts are counterparts in other organizations or in national Governments at working level related to issues of importance to the Organization’s programmes.

Direct supervision is received from the immediate supervisor. The incumbent will also refer to UNHCR and UN handbooks and policy papers concerning administrative rules and regulations.

The incumbent may directly supervise general service staff.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

2. Duties

  • Monitor the day-to-day personnel and administrative operations of the office.
  • Participates in the recruitment and training of General Service staff for specialized and non-specialized work and assign General Service staff to meet work requirements.
  • Supervises activities concerned with office and grounds maintenance, security, transport and similar services.
  • Briefs international staff on general administrative matters, provide advice and ensure administrative support as required.
  • Contributes to the preparation of submissions of new or revised procedures and practices.
  • Prepares correspondence, special reports, evaluations and justifications as required on general administrative matters.
  • Handles all personnel matters related to attendance records leave, issuance of visas, licence, etc.
  • Coordinate training and capacity-building activities to staff in administrative related areas.
  • Facilitate the mission travel of staff, including following up on travel authorizations, bookings, tickets.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

3. Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Field(s) of Education

Public or Business Administration; Economics; or other relevant field.


Good knowledge of UNHCR’s administrative rules and procedures. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.

Functional Skills

*IT-Computer Literacy

UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures

CM-Strategic Communication

MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation

SC-UNHCR Procurement Rules and Procedures

UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures

IT-PeopleSoft EPM/Budget

IT-MS Office Applications

RM-Resource Management

FI-Funds Monitoring/Identifying cash flow problems

Language Requirements

*For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.*

How to apply

External candidates are requested to submit their applications through the UNHCR website. Instructions are provided on – Employment – Career opportunities – General Service and National Professional categories.

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