Closing date: Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Finance and Administrative assistant

( 2307942 )

Grade : G5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : One year

Job Posting: Aug 29, 2023, 9:26:56 AM

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 team.


The incumbent will perform the following duties: ADMINISTRATION:

  •  Provide a full range of secretarial services, ensuring that deadlines are met and correspondence and queries are responded to in a timely manner. Type and edit technical reports, documents and presentations in accordance with WHO style, draft general correspondence on own initiative or upon instructions. 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;
  •  Receive, screen and process incoming correspondence and requests, obtain and attach background information and forward to the staff concerned; draw their attention to specific issues/problems as necessary.
  •  Make necessary arrangements for field visits and duty travel of team members, consultants and visiting missions, follow up on ticket and hotel reservations, security clearances, and process travel requests in GSM.
  •  Assist in organizing meetings, workshops and training activities, by typing documents and presentations, sending letters to participants, photocopying and preparing files; follow up with logistics units regarding arrangements. Provide secretarial support during meetings.
  •  In close coordination with the Administration/Finance unit, process all requests related to programme activities, such as procurement of goods and services, DFC, APWs, fellowships, consultants, etc. obtain necessary approvals and initiate action in GSM. Follow up with concerned parties the completion of deliverables and payments.


  •  Administer the E-Imprest system. Ensure proper compliance with financial procedures, systems and internal controls according to Global Management System (GSM) instructions and WHO rules. Select and enter data from variety of documents, ensure accuracy in calculations and attach necessary supporting invoices or receipts of payments and payment authorizations. Prepare financial tables, special reports and other ad-hoc reports.
  •  Initiate, verify and process financial transactions and payments for WRO office pertaining to staff and non-staff costs, purchase orders, local purchases, Imprest, DFC’s, GES etc, based on authorizations received. Monitor Imprest GL’s ensuring accuracy of financial data, adequacy of supporting documents and maintenance of proper accounting records. Reconcile country office cash books and justify any difference in reconciliation; prepare cash counts to reconcile with the cashbooks on a monthly basis.
  •  Using GSM, monitor aspects of the implementation of programme activities according to the approved country workplan. Follow up on the transfer of program funds and initiate award budgeting in GSM. Monitor awards expiry dates, alert responsible staff, and initiate action for expenditure batches. Review and follow up on encumbrances and unapplied receivable balances, process and monitor revisions of amounts vis-a-vis award distribution by SO/OWER.
  •  Replace and assist other colleagues in the team and perform other related financial and administrative duties as required. Achievement Activities Include:
  •  Prompt and effective disbursement/reporting of funds related to direct implementation disbursements.
  •  Timely and accurate processing of requests from programmes and related GSM actions.
  •  Ensure efficient filling and documentation of communication workflow.



Essential: Completion of secondary education supplemented by secretarial/administrative and/or financial/accounting training

Desirable: University degree in business administration, finance, accounting, commerce, social sciences or related field is an asset


Essential: At least 5 years progressive experience in secretarial/financial/administrative work

Desirable: Related experience in the UN system


Good knowledge of pertinent WHO procedures and established rules.- Good drafting skills.- Good analytical skills.- Basic knowledge of accounting/financial principles.

Sound organization skills.

Stress and time management skills.

WHO Competencies


Producing results


Knowing and managing yourself

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Dari. Expert knowledge of Pashto.


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 USD 23,641 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  •  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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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.
  •  According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
  •  Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  •  The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.

The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States (

) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to

  •  An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  •  WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
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  •  WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
  •  The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
  •  Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at
  •  This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
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