Executive Assistant

World Health Organisations, Brasilia, Brazil

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th June, 2021

Job Description


Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  • Arrange appointments and maintain the PAHO/WHO Representative’s calendar, receive visitors, place and answer telephone calls, handle confidential and sensitive matters with great discretion; prepare agendas and other material for the Representative for use on official trips or special meetings;
  • Handle matters of protocol; make arrangements for meetings with high-ranking officials and coordinate meetings organized by the Representative; assist in administrative issues relating to national institutions, host governments interacting with the PAHO/WHO Representative; maintain up-to-date lists of names, addresses and telephone numbers of Ministers, Government Officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps and any other institutions which have contact with the PAHO/WHO Office in the country;
  • Review all incoming correspondence which require action by the Representative; review for substance, identify urgent matters and ensure that these are handled expeditiously; determine which can be answered by specific Office personnel; gather necessary background documentation for correspondence requiring action by the Representative; make recommendations regarding the appropriate action to be taken; monitor to ensure that deadlines for responses are met; follow up with various Office personnel and other organizational components on the submission of reports and correspondence;
  • Prepare correspondence, reports, email, etc. from general instructions and on own initiative; follow up on pending matters and handle confidential material; type and process correspondence, presentations, reports and other documents involving the use of technical terminology using standard office computer software;
  • Review all outgoing correspondence requiring the signature of the Representative; proofread for style, punctuation, grammar, spelling and adherence to the Organization’s standards and policies; recommend revisions to correspondence and other documents to ensure that they are clear and accurate in content;
  • Assist in the preparation of technical presentations, technical reports and articles by reviewing, correcting and/or rewriting texts to improve clarity, conciseness and coherence; prepare and verify the content of tables, graphs, and charts; follow up with staff under the Representative on the submission of reports and correspondence in order to meet established deadlines;
  • Coordinate the secretarial services of the Office, distributing special assignments to other secretaries; review all outgoing correspondence to ensure accuracy, correct spelling and punctuation and ensure conformance to established practices and procedures; brief and train new administrative support staff and provide guidance on office procedures;
  • Establish and maintain electronic files and controlled reference material; maintain the confidential files; search files and compile pertinent information as required;
  • Perform other administrative functions such as: compile background data for preparation of correspondence and/or reports; follow- up on the submission of reports; assemble correspondence for mailing; incoming correspondence and route it to the corresponding staff;
  • Organize the PWR's travel plans and make necessary arrangements, including obtaining airline tickets, required visas, hotel reservations, assist with spend authorizations and expense reports; prepare and assemble background materials required by the PWR for duty travel;
  • Ensure that the process for the preparation of staff members’ yearly performance planning and evaluation is completed, including the scheduling of meetings with the PWR;
  • Participate in administrative and technical staff meetings; prepare "aide-memoires" of resolutions as well as distribute them to participants; follow up the actions to be taken;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Certificate of completion of high school.

Desirable: Training in business administration would be an asset.

  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position.
  • WHO, only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Essential: Six years of general office or administrative work experience, including supervisory responsibilities.

Desirable: Administrative experience working in an international environment -including frequent interaction with high level government, executive and other officials- would be considered an asset.


  • Very good knowledge of Portuguese and English. Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.


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