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World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Job ID: 2106567
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: G7
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 years
Organization: AF_NGA Nigeria
Schedule: Full-time

Objectives of the Programme

  • Country Management Support Units (CSUs) have been established in the organisational structure to provide support for Managers and staff to fully assume their responsibilities in the GSM environment and to ensure compliance with organizational policies, procedures, rules and regulations on all administrative and financial matters and transactions in the context of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system

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Description of Duties

  • Provide full administrative support to the WR’s office.
  • 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, work with the travel unit to arrange for visa issuance, security clearance, flight and hotel bookings, follows up travel related issues of national and international missions;
  • 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 Respond to and act on telephone enquiries in a timely manner.
  • Assess the critical nature of technical issues and direct them to appropriate staff for reply, coordinate appointments for supervisor
  • Establish and maintain a proper computerized information system on MOH and UN counterparts, WHO Collaborating Centers, etc.
  • Brief colleagues on general office administrative process.
  • 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, Maintain and update the filing of technical documents and correspondence (soft/hard copies and databases if applicable).

Required Qualifications

  • Essential: Completion of secondary education or equivalent supplemented by secretarial training.
  • Desirable: University Degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences or related field is an asset


  • Essential: At least 10 years progressive administrative experience
  • Desirable: Experiencein other areas such as Program Management would be an asset. Experience in WHO / UN system.


  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement inputs from several sources;
  • Very good time management and stress management skills.
  • Knowledge of WHO rules, manuals, practices, procedures
  • Good filing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with staff, experts and visitors.

WHO Competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at NGN12,007,619 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Important Information & Notice

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • 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). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
  • Important Notice: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings

Application Deadline  21st December, 2021 at 11:59:00 PM

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