INVENTORY AND SUPPLIES ASSISTANT
United Nations
NAIROBI
16h ago

Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General.

UNON supports the programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services.

The post is located in the Division of Conference Services (DCS). Under the dalexirect supervision of the Chief of the Information Technology Unit at the Nairobi duty station.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Inventory and Supply Assistant at this level will carry out the following duties : Assist in Procurement related activities, Assist in the Asset Management life-cycle.

Supply :

  • Obtains quotations from vendors.
  • Assists in the preparation of requisitions and entry of data to initiate requisition process.
  • Monitors and follows up on status to ensure that procurement activity is undertaken to meet required delivery timetables.
  • Coordinates with vendors on delivery schedules.
  • Ensures that Receipt and Inspection reports accurately reflect requisitioned items, and that invoices are processed by the Accounts Payable Unit.
  • Provides updates on requisition status to relevant units and sections.
  • Manages and maintains records of procurement thresholds for each contract.
  • Maintains, updates and ensures accuracy of computer database by recording requisition details, purchase orders, delivery activity and invoice actions.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Inventory :

  • Ensures UN assets are assigned stock numbers, bar-coded, decaled and tagged as per UN guidelines as part of the Receiving and Inspection process.
  • Conducts periodic physical inventories of UN office equipment to ensure accuracy of serial and decal numbers, stock descriptions, net total on hand and exact location of property.
  • Submits reports on physical inventories to the Chief of Section.
  • Assists in managing and maintaining a comprehensive electronic database of expendable and non-expendable UN property; enters data on all incoming expendable and non-expendable property, acquisitions, disposals, transfers, deletions and corrections.
  • Collaborates in the sale of non-expendable property declared surplus or unserviceable and in the destruction of property.
  • Maintains records of all sales, trade-ins, donations, destructions and write-offs approved by the Property Survey Board.
  • Updates the Property Record Custodians database according to Departmental requests.
  • Assists in preparing reports on consumption, proposed consumption and local / HQ procurement lead-time for non-expendable UN property.
  • Provides administrative and technical support in managing UN-owned assets in relevant UN asset control and trains users on these databases.
  • Performs verification and data migration of existing property or logistics unit control databases.
  • Provides training and advises to Property Record Custodians from all Departments on inventory-related matters.
  • Performs other duties as required. Competencies
  • Professionalism Knowledge of relevant United Nations rules and regulations, of budgetary and administrative procedures, policies and directives, in particular, inventory and control guidelines.
  • Ability to organize and summarize data and information required for a variety of reports, etc. Ability to develop, maintain and operate management control systems for assets, materials, services and claims.

  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • remains calm in stressful situations; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

  • Client Orientation : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

  • Teamwork : Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

  • Planning& Organizing : Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Education High school diploma or equivalent is required.

    Supplementary courses or additional training in procurement is highly desirable. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.

    Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.

    Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in inventory and supply management, property management, logistics, procurement, warehousing, administrative services, or related area is required.

    Good working knowledge on the implementation of IPSAS 17 on property, plan and equipment is required.

    Experience in using Hardcat and Asset Management modules in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is highly desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

    For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    Assessment English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

    Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Special Notice Appointment against this post is on a local basis.

    This post is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified.

    The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take up the appointment.

    Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    Internal Applicants : When completing the form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date.

    This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you."

    The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff.

    Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.

    On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received.

    If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link United Nations Considerations 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.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.

    Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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