Human Resources and Administrative Assistant

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    Personnel Service Agreement
    Dresden, Germany
    UTC +1

    Organisational Unit: UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    United Nations University objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its member states.

    United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute, through research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge, to the resolution of pressing challenges in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources (water, soil and waste), particularly in developing and transitional countries. It aims to serve within the UN as the think tank on resources management and be internationally recognized as a major hub and intellectual focal point promoting integrated management strategies addressing in particular the needs of developing and emerging countries. The Institute is located in Dresden, Federal Republic of Germany. For more information please visit


    Under the authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and the direct supervision of the Finance and Administrative Officer, the successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:

    1. Human Resources Management
    • assist with administrative tasks related to the human resources of the institute (e.g. recruitment, relocation, performance appraisal, separation procedure, trainings, etc.) and ensure consistency in the application of regulations and procedures
    • assist with the administration of personnel, consultants and institutional contracts, and visiting scholar agreements
    • create and administer contracts in UNU’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system
    • support the administration of the PhD Programme
    • handle the administration of the internship programme of the institute
    • perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the director
    1. Budget and Finance
    • assist the Finance and Administrative Officer in financial operations in accordance with UNU’s policies, United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations and established operational procedures, and ensure that proper and accurate accounting records are well maintained
    • assist in accounting services in UNU’s ERP system, including accounts payable and accounts receivable
    • assist in preparing and recording of journal entries according to established procedures
    • assist with archiving of documents
    • perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the director
    1. Procurement and General Administration
    • assist with general procurement activities (request for quotation, collection of vendor forms, follow up with vendors, etc.)
    • support with the creation and review of requisitions for goods and services in the ERP
    • coordinate travel arrangements for internal and external travelers as per UNU travel guidelines and regulations
    • provide support to the organisation of workshops and conferences (procurement, administration, logistics) when required
    • support asset management and related reporting activities
    • support with keeping the newcomer booklet up to date
    • ensure accuracy and completeness of supporting documents and maintain electronic and physical records
    • perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the director

    Required qualifications and experience

    • a High School Diploma or equivalent (e.g. completion of German A-Levels (Abitur)) is required; a university degree in business administration, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement or in a related field is highly desirable
    • a minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience in the related areas is required
    • excellent communication skills with fluency in both oral and written English; knowledge of German and another UN official language would be an asset
    • ability to work under minimal supervision, to identify priorities, and to take initiatives
    • knowledge of the UN system or other international organisations would be an asset
    • proficiency in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
    • a good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and the ability to maintain a healthy workplace environment


    Remuneration will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

    Specifications of contract

    This position is offered as either part-time or full-time employment under a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-FLORES, with the possibility of renewal subject to fund availability and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

    The successful candidate will be employed under a PSA, based in Dresden, Germany, and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a staff member as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

    Applications from suitably qualified woman candidates and those from developing countries are particularly encouraged.

    Starting date

    As soon as possible


  • Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to and must include:

    • a cover letter
    • a curriculum vitae
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form; please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations

    Please indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2019/UNU/FLORES/PSA/HRA/28)

    Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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    The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8)

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    United Nations University International Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources Campus (UNU FLORES)
    Ammonstrasse 74
    Dresden, 01067