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Senior administrative assistant


Post Number : 6CMADM0703RP

Grade : G-6

Parent Sector : Sector For Administration and Management (ADM)

Duty Station: Yaounde

Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Fixed Term Field

Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-APR-2023


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Only candidates authorized to work in Cameroon can apply for this position





Under the overall authority of the Director/Head of the Office and the direct supervision of the Finance and Administrative Officer/ Senior Finance and Administrative Assistant, the incumbent provides high-level administrative and support services in a range of specialized areas and plays a lead role within the unit in ensuring application and compliance with the rules, regulations, policies and practices in place.


The incumbent provides senior level support in the processing of a range of specialized areas and plays a lead role in these areas. The incumbent independently consolidates data and prepares reports, non-routine correspondence and documentation, ensures the functioning of internal control systems and ensures that the   office’s financial resources and expenditures and fully and adequately accounted for.  The incumbent’s work has a direct impact on the quality of services provided by the administrative unit.




  • Act as certifying officer up to an authorized level delegated by the CFO;
  • Provide guidance and interpretation on administrative rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Advise on operational and technical routine transactions;
  • Recommend process and system related modifications and improvements to support successful administration and financial monitoring and control;
  • Interpret provisions and provide guidance on complex and non-recurring issues;
  • May supervise activities related to office maintenance, security, transport and similar services.


Long Description


  • Ensure that the Office’s financial resources and expenditures are fully and properly accounted for and that internal control systems are adequate and functioning; schedule payments and disbursement of funds;
  • Ensure accurate and timely processing of assigned accounts, developing budget estimates and monitoring expenditures, participating and advising in the preparation of financial statements and budgets;
  • Assist in the preparation and coordination of financial activities under RP funds and Voluntary Contributions;
  • Compile and consolidate data from various sources into financial statements, prepare worksheets;
  • Monitor expenditures, review payments and reconcile accounts;
  • Investigate  anomalies and erroneous charges and take corrective action;
  • Provide assistance and guidance to undertake coding and data entry task and to extract information, to run reports from iRIS, SISTER or other online financial system.

Long Description



  • Prepare RP and Voluntary Contributions budget reports and communicate on them.
  • Assist and advise on planning and budgetting and recommend modifications.
  • Prepare budget proposals and cost estimates and ensure that data is correct.
  • Identify irregularities and undertake transactions to correct errors/omissions.



  • Handle non-routine or complex cases, prepare associated documents/ correspondence for personnel actions based on oral instructions and previous experience;
  • Follow-up on coming HR actions and oversee maintenance, update and clean-up of database;
  • Issue non-staff contracts, advise on recruitment process and entitlements;
  • Liaise with central services (ADS, HRM, BFM, etc) to discuss and obtain additional information, clarifications and policy interpretation.

Long Description



  • Procurement: research and retrieve information on supply sources, vendors by commodity and obtain specifications on the market.
  • Review contractual documents (TOR, budget, contract nature and type).
  • Resolve issues/ problems related to delivered goods.
  • Prepare requisitions for supplies and equipment; ensure that payments are processed and provide information to the assigned Sector on invoicing and payment issues.
  • Arrange for control and distribution of inventory records.



  • Ensures compliance of staff with security travel requirements and monitor completion of mandatory security trainings.



Additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work team.




COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  •   Bachelor or equivalent in the field of administration, business law, business administration, finance or equivalent professional experience.



  •   Minimum of 8 years of progressively professional experience in the field of administration, human resources, finance and procurement field;



  •   Good interpersonal and communication skills, including preparation of correspondence and correction of documents;
  •   Excellent analytical and technical skills;
  •   Good planning and coordination skills.  Demonstrated ability to set priorities and organize own work.
  •   Ability to take initiatives and provide quality and timely support and services.
  •   Ability to identify errors or irregularities and propose remedial actions.
  •   Ability to  work in teams;
  •   Good IT skills, including knowledge of ERP systems.




  •   Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of French or English, and good knowledge of the second language.



  •   Completed secondary, technical or vocational diploma;



  •   Professional experience in the United Nations System or other international development organization.
  •   Experience in working in a multicultural environment.



  • Knowledge of SAP.



  •   Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese will be an asset.




UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.