National UNV Specialist - Administrative Assistant in Saudia Arabia

UN Volunteers
  • Location
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 19

Position description

The UN Human Rights Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) is located in Lebanon and covers the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. As a convenor of regional dialogues on human rights issues, ROMENA-led activities involve government and civil society actors from the region. ROMENA's primary function is to advance human rights in the countries that it covers through monitoring, reporting and advocacy on the human rights situation, and through active engagement with governments, including the provision of technical assistance, in cooperation with the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre in Doha.


This UNV assignment is part of the Technical Cooperation Project in Saudi Arabia, which is part of the United Nations High Commissioner Office for Human Rights. The project has been designed to build national capacities in the field of human rights promotion and protection in Saudi Arabia. It has been developed pursuant to the signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Human Rights Commission in 2012.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Admin Associate at the duty station, the national UN Volunteer specialist will Join the TCP- OHCHR team to support and assist its work with international organisations, UN agencies, CSOs and the national counterpart. His/her roles will be as follows.

• Assist the supervisor in ensuring the OHCHR Office premises provide a healthy, safe, and respectful working environment.

• Provide administrative support in the areas of procurement, administration, human resources and finance.

• Provide interpretation of administrative rules, regulations and procedures.

• Perform personnel work including processing of entitlement, DSA, issuance of contracts and various personnel records, files, and sheets.

• Assist in general administrative matters relating to visas, licenses, and security; provide advice and ensure administrative support as required.

• Provide general administrative support: assisting with correspondence, managing calendars, scheduling meetings, and coordinating travel arrangements.

• Assist in preparing meeting agendas, taking minutes, and distributing relevant documentation, in addition to coordinating logistics for meetings, including room reservations and equipment setup.

• Assist in the preparation of the TCP budgets.

• Assist in the requisition of office supplies and equipment and arranging for control of distribution and maintenance of appropriate inventory records.

• Maintain and organise files, records, and databases, ensuring efficient retrieval and storage of information in the shared drive.

• Support the planning and organisation of conferences, workshops, and other events. Assisting with logistics, participant coordination, and preparation of event materials.

• Assist with recruitment processes, maintain personnel records, and process administrative actions related to staff members.

• Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, including other UN agencies, NGOs, and government entities. Facilitate effective communication and coordination between different units or departments.

• Assist with procurement processes, maintain inventory, and perform other administrative duties as assigned.

• Assist with Petty cash bookkeeping.

• Assist with Information Communication Technology basic functions in the office. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);

• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

• Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.

• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


Eligibility criteria


27 - 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in relevant fields. Advanced higher degree (Master’s or equivalent) in administration, information management systems or any other related field may be accepted in lieu to the professional work experience. • Excellent oral and written skills in both Arabic and English languages. • Excellent skills in drafting, documentation, formulation, and reporting; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different. levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment. • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Business management, Economics and finance


English, Level: Working knowledge, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in ِِِAdministration, business, accounting, finance, human resources, information management systems or any other related field

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

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