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Logistics/Shipping Assistant, G6

The Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Logistics/Shipping Assistant, G6, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Job Title: Logistics/Shipping Assistant, G6

Job in Ethiopia by TThe Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA)

Job Descriptions

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions which are:

Advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

The positions is located in the Shipping and Logistics Unit of the Supply Chain Management Section (SCMS) within the Division of Administration (DOA) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Shipping/Logistics Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

•Supplies/organizes the duty free importation, exportation and insurance of all official goods as well as of vehicle and other personal and household effects of staff with duty free entitlements;
•Verifies that both outgoing and incoming shipments, consignments and cargo contain approved materials only;
•Draft note verbale, diplomatic declarations, credit letters, shipping advice ,explanatory letters, certificates and other documents and correspondence required to support the duty free import and export of shipments;
•Prepares tender and bid documents for service required by the Unit; prepare monthly report for the Chief of SCMS and Logistics Unit on the activities of the Unit as well as on the status cases (i.e. on progress on time to be cleared etc);
•Assist in the preparation of budget, statistics and other statements relating to the Shipping and Logistics Unit for supervisor and management;
•Checks, verifies and processes for payment through UMOJA, invoices for services rendered to the Commission by air carriers, movers and packers, transit agents and the maritime and Transit Services. This involves apportionment of costs between the organization and staff members in the case of personal shipments;
•Submits verified invoices to the Unit supervisor for certification prior to submitting to the Finance Section for payment;
•Organizes and coordinates the processing of diplomatic declarations for the purchase of consumables and goods for the official use of the Secretariat;
•Briefs new staff members on privileges and immunities on the activities and service rendered by the unit as well as on rules, procedure, and host country agreement; attendance record of the Unit;
•Maintains and updates database relating to incoming and outgoing shipments both organizational and staff members’ personal property and staff members’ duty free purchases and sales of household goods;
•Arranges the appropriate documentation and permits required for the clearance importation and exportation of each type of goods (ranging from vaccines, medical equipment and other medical supplies, communication equipment) as well as for each type of shipment;
•Ensure that each consignment is supported by all relevant documents which are required for security government approval to clear or to export shipments;
•Arrange appropriate insurance through UN official insurers in New York, Geneva or Vienna for outgoing consignments; arranges, facilitates and follow up insurance claims for damaged organizational and personal shipments;
•Ensures follow-up and timely endorsements of diplomatic declarations by the Customs Authority so as to minimize demurrage charges or other loss or damage to shipment at the airport, seaport and railway station; issue clearing instruction to vessel owners, air carriers and their representatives and agents; assigns approved documents to clearing assistance for clearance;
•Ensures that imported goods are safely cleared from the bonded warehouse and are delivered without delay to consignees and ensures their written confirmation of receipt indicating the conditions of the goods;
•Assist staff members in the exportation of their personal effects by advising on their privileges and obligations; solicits quotation for the collection, packing and dispatch of official and personal consignments; selects a packer and arranges pre-survey and packing;
•Prepare briefs to the property Survey Board for decisions on case of unsuccessful insurance claims requiring the Board ‘s action;
•Other emergency or special duties as may be assigned periodically by the Chief of SCMS and Supervisor of the Unit;
•Performs other duties as required.



Knowledge of policies, practices and regulations on management of supplies, purchasing and logistics and ability to apply them in an organizational environment. Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports on a wide variety of data. Knowledge of the Organization’s financial rules and regulations, as well as budgetary, administrative procedures, policies and directives, with respect to specialized tasks in supply management, logistics and transport operations. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Must have passed the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) – refer to the Special Notice section for additional information.Work Experience

Seven years of experience in logistics, procurement, warehousing, administrative services, or a related area is required.Languages

For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations Headquarters or at certain United Nations Offices Away from Headquarters (OAHs) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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


Job Opening

Posting Title:Logistics/Shipping Assistant, G6
Department/Office:Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station:ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period:26 January 2021 – 24 February 2021
Job Opening Number:21-Logistics and Supply Chain-ECA-148575-R-Addis Ababa (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

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