Programme Assistant

World Health Organization

Kabul, Afghanistan

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Administration

To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

The incumbent will perform the following duties: <- Provide full administrative support to the assigned programme. Draft, review and revise correspondence, reports and documents for proper format and content in consultation with the supervisor. Independently compose correspondence of administrative nature, take notes at meetings, provides informal interpretation/translation when required;- Prepare and process travel requests for team members using GSM, arrange for visa issuance, security clearance, flight and hotel bookings, follows up travel related issues of national and international missions;<- Scan, record, refer and follow up correspondence and documents, evaluate the urgency or critical nature bringing them to the attention of the responsible staff. Inform and remind responsible staff of follow-up dates, response or specific actions, supplying supporting material as appropriate;<- Using GSM, monitor aspects of the implementation of country activities, funds for project/programme budget levels and financial expenditures, according to the approved country workplan. Initiate and process different transactions in GSM, including procurement of goods and services. Follows up with concerned parties the receipt of deliverables and finalization of payments;- Compile background material for planning, monitoring and evaluation (including mini-review) exercises. Maintain and update the filing of technical documents and correspondence (soft/hardcopies and databases if applicable). Create background reference material as appropriate; access and retrieve relevant material; - Finalize all administrative and logistics preparations required for the organization of meetings held in the country (working groups, seminars/courses, workshops) and pay per diem to participants as appropriate (if needed);- Respond to and act on telephone enquiries in a timely manner. Assess the critical nature of technical issue sand direct them to appropriate staff for reply, coordinate appointments for supervisors, establish and maintain a proper computerized information system on MOH and UN counterparts, WHO Collaborating Centers, etc.- Brief colleagues on general office administrative process. Assist/replace administrative staff in the team and perform other related duties as required. Participate in field visits, if required;

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Essential: Completion of secondary education supplemented by secretarial training
  • Desirable: University degree in business administration, social sciences or related field is an asset.

Experience

  • Essential: At least five years' progressive administrative experience.
  • Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system.

Skills

  • Good filing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with staff, experts and visitors. D
  • Demonstrated ability to translate routine correspondence into English. 
  • Very good time management and stress management skills.
  • Knowledge of WHO rules, manuals, practices, procedures and WHO Style Guide applicable to the administrative level an asset.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English and local language.

Source: https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2403451&tz=GMT%2B05%3A30&tzname=Asia%2FCalcutta