Job at the United Nations for a Senior Administrative Officer/Chief of Administration and Finance Unit (TJO), P5

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Job Title: Senior Administrative Officer/Chief of Administration and Finance Unit (TJO), P5
Job Opening Number: 17-Administration-OCHA-79613-J-Abuja (X)
Location: Abuja
Job code title: Chief of Mission Support
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Job type: Temporary
Staffing Exercise: N/A
Special Notice

  • This temporary position is intended to fill the functions of
    short-term duration for six months, with the possibility of extension.
    The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.
  • The duration of the appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
  • Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term
    appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment. If
    the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN
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  • Subsequent to the initial temporary appointment, new and
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    provided in the application.
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Org. Setting and Reporting

  • This positions is located in the Office for the Coordination of
    Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Nigeria, based in Abuja. The Senior
    Administrative Officer/Chief of Administration and Finance Unit reports
    to the Head of Office.

Within delegated authority, the Senior Administrative Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Provides policy guidance to the Head of Office, on conceptual
    strategy development and management of the implementation of overall
    strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and
  • Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by
    the Administration and Finance Unit; ensures that substantive work
    programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely
    fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Unit/Section, and, in
    liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors
    and agencies as appropriate.
  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Country Office,
    determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of
    outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the
    functioning of the Administration and Finance Unit, including
    preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance
    parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme
    performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting,
    evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job
    openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit/Section and across organizational boundaries.
  • Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the
    Administration and Finance Unit under his/her responsibility.
    Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Administration and Finance
    Unit; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared
    by others.
  • Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers
    and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the
    Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for
    Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General
    Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on
    budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as
    appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Administration and
    Finance Unit maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear,
    objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs
    produced by the Administration and Finance Unit under his/her
    supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they
    comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.
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  • Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised.
  • Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others.
  • Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.
  • 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.

Planning& 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


  • 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.


  • Serves as a role model that other people want to follow:
    empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in
    developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and
    maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs
    and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing
    mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does
    not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating
    gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and
    men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and
    commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to
    the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before
    making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions
    prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on
    others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a
    recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions
    against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the
    expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions
    when necessary.


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in
    Business or Public Administration, Finance, Accounting, Law or related
    area is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with at least two
    years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced
    university degree.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience
    in administration, budget, finance, human resources management or
    related field is required.
  • Field experience in emergency situations is desirable.
  • Experience within the United Nations common system handling finance-related matters is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations.
  • For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is
    required, knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review of
    the applications, an assessment exercise and/or competency-based

United Nations Considerations

  • The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter
    of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8).
  • The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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