Call for applications for the position of administrative assistant


Deadline: 10/06/2014

Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is an international collective of
civil society organizations, social movements and individuals that mobilizes
and advocates, defends and promotes the full implementation and enforceability
of the human rights of homeless, evicted, displaced, landless and inadequately
housed people and communities, including those under occupation, in urban and
rural areas. HIC seeks to empower Members and communities to improve their
conditions through four areas of competence: human rights, gender equality,
social production and environmental sustainability. HIC produces knowledge and
promotes public awareness about habitat issues and serves as a platform for the
formulation of programs, policies and strategies for constituent social
movements and civil society organizations working to operationalize the human
rights to housing, land, and the city, and acts as their representative to
public, regional and international bodies and forums. Visit for more information.

The General Secretariat (GS) is responsible for the coordination
of HIC Members and structures. The GS consolidates the Coalition, executing the
Board decisions, supporting the General Assembly, providing accountability of
the Coalition, coordinating HIC Reference Centers, managing the membership,
acting as the Coalition’s legal representative, fundraising and managing
resources, and running elections of the Board members. The GS facilitates HIC
Members’ processes to attain and sustain a place to live in dignity, supports
Urgent Appeals, maintains permanent contact with HIC Members, coordinates
actions with other networks, and maintains HIC´s Consultative Status in the
United Nations system. The GS coordinates global campaigns, being at the
cutting edge on habitat issues and organizing contributions for the HIC
statements and interventions in international forums.

Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN)

and its specialized HIC Members function within HIC to develop, mainstream and
integrate competence in human rights analysis and methodology among HIC Members
and similarly specialized alliances through a Program of networking,
knowledge-creation, capacity-building and advocacy activities, especially in
cooperation with the UN Human Rights System. The HIC-HLRN Programs advocate the
recognition, defense and full implementation of adequate housing in a secure
place to live in peace and dignity, as well as equitable access to land as a
human right for everyone, everywhere. In so doing, HIC-HLRN develops and
implements monitoring tools and publishes on housing and land rights conditions
and violations globally, as well as through regional programs in Middle
East/North Africa and South Asia.

The HIC GS and HLRN Coordination
Office based in Cairo, is currently recruiting for the position of
administrative assistant.

other tasks, she/he will responsible for:

with all aspects of administrative tasks.

and coordinating meeting and events.

meeting minutes, meeting notes and internal support materials.

and receiving mail.

documentation, using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation computer

documents and managing files.

and proofreading documents (mainly English and Arabic, other languages
depending on the applicant´s language skills).

inventory of publications, documents and other materials, both physical and


experience: At least three (3) years experience in administrative tasks.
Demonstrated experience in international projects. Demonstrated experience in
organizations working in similar fields.

working skills: demonstrated capacity in self-management and administration.

skills: strong language skills (speaking, writing and reading) in English /
French highly desirable / Arabic, Spanish desirable.

skills: e-mail, phone calls, skype calls, skype meetings with multiple actors;
ability to coordinate among various HIC Reference Centers located around the

skills: (i) high skills in word, excel. (ii) high skills e-mailing, navigating
the web, searching for resources and social media (blogs, facebook, twitter)
(iii) desirable skills in design suites (adobe).

Work Management: Sets high standards of performance for self and others and
assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing
assignments and tasks.

Other: Capacity for
sound operational decision making, anticipating problems and proactive problem
solving. Proactive in her/his daily work.

Terms of offer

Applicants are invited
to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position,
and a detailed resume outlining relevant experience.

Salary and work timetable

Salary is negotiable, starting with a 20-hours working week. Both salary and
timetable can be reviewed after a six weeks trial period.

Submission of applications

Please submit your
application in PDF or Word format, with “HIC-GS Admin. Recruitment” in the
subject line by midnight, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 to:

General Secretariat

qualified applicants will be shortlisted and contacted.

* To download the call, click here.