Executive Assistant

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :10-Feb-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. 

Under the guidance and supervision of the UN Women Country Representative for Nigeria, the Executive Assistant provides a variety of executive administrative support in the Office of the UN Women Representative. S/he facilitates the efficient flow of information and communication within the Office of the UN Women Country Representative to ensure expeditious dissemination of information and timely action.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  1.  Provides administrative support to the UN Women Country Representative: 
  2.  Facilitates effective communications and information management support:
  3.  Supports  external relations activities: 

Description of Functions:

Provides administrative support to the UN Women Country Representative: 

  • Provides administrative support to  ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the UN Women Country Representative's front office;
  • Coordinates the efficient and discreet management of the Representative’s schedule;
  • Coordinates calendar and schedule of  regular and ad-hoc internal meetings, including Senior Management Team, Programme and staff meetings; prepares minutes and summaries of actions to be taken; tracks progress on planned issues; ensures follow-up with focal points;
  • Adheres to appropriate protocol and correspondence guidelines when communicating with Government and other external partners;
  • Assembles briefing materials and prepare power-points and other briefs for the UN Women Country Representative;
  • Coordinates travel planning and logistical support arrangements for official missions of  the UN Women Country Representative;
  • Under the guidance of the Operations unit, undertakes logistical administrative and financial arrangements, for meetings, events and workshops organized by the UN Women CountryRepresentative;
  • Administers and manages the office leave plans and attendance system;
  • Maintains the roster of the UN Women Country Representative's contacts for easy access and reference.

Facilitate effective communications and information management support:

  • Screens  all incoming communications, filters outgoing correspondence for supervisor’s signature, clearance and further action by other staff; wherever possible
  • Facilitates the flow of information/communication between the UN Women Country Representative’s Office and other Units within and outside UN Women office;
  • Reviews, prioritizes and routes correspondence to and from the Office of the UN Women Country Representative. Follows-up action and keeps the UN Women Representative informed;
  • Reviews correspondence for proper internal clearances prior to the UN Women Country Representative's signature;
  • Responds and/or directs inquiries to the appropriate UN Women Unit for timely action and/or response;
  • Maintains and organizes up to date hard and electronic files for easy access and retrieval. Ensures safekeeping of confidential materials.
  • Works and coordinates closely with Operations unit to ensure compliance with corporate guidelines.

Support to external relations activities: 

  • Supports the UN Women Representative’s interaction with various external partners such as governmental officials, donors, civil society, UN agencies and other partners through collaborative and proactive relationship with counterparts and colleagues in those offices;
  • Responsible for protocol matters, receives high ranking officials, and answer calls/inquiries with tact and discretion.
  • Organizes official events/hospitality for the UN Women Country Representative.


Core Values/Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct. 


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work. 

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity. 

Core competencies:

Effective Planning

  • Demonstrate ability to effective planning and execution of different tasks.

Ethics and Values

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment .

Development and Innovation

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. 

Communicating and Information Sharing

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution. 

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional competencies:

  • Ability to perform a broad range of specialized activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning of the UN Women; Representative's office, including data/schedule management, maintenance of protocol and information flow;
  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Creates, edits and presents information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality;
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
  • Ability to establish, builds and sustains effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client's perspective; anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly;
  • Ability to administer financial processes and transactions.

Good drafting skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree or equivalent in Business or Public Administration.


  • A minimum of 5 years of administrative experience preferably in a large or international corporation or organization;
  • Experience in the use of computers applications and software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) as well as web based management systems. 

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN working knowledge is an asset.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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