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|Council Secretary/ Administrative Assistant||Closing date: 2020-11-30
|The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. |
|Under the direct authority of the Head of the Executive Office of the Director General, you will be responsible for the preparation and administrative support of meetings of the highest statutory body of the Organisation, the ESO Council, as well as of other high level ESO Committees. You will also support ESO Senior Management committees. The position requires occasional international travel, mainly within Europe or to Chile.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
_Support the organisation of the meetings of the Council and various affiliated Council advisory bodies;
_Provide administrative support services to the Council President and act as contact point for, and provide information to, the Council delegates and the members of various affiliated Council advisory bodies;
_Prepare agendas for these meetings;
_Coordinate logistics of the meetings at ESO Headquarters in Germany and abroad (mainly Europe and Chile);
_Draft, and distribute Council-related documents and correspondence;
_Produce minutes and summaries as well as the follow-up of action items;
_Act as back-up to the Finance Committee Secretary with respect to minute taking;
_Provide support for regular senior management meetings; and
_Maintain a detailed filing and document management system including a contact details database.
The above responsibilities are not exhaustive and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt to unexpected needs and perform further general administrative tasks is essential.
Key Competences and Experience:
Essential Competences and Experience
_Several years of working experience in a position providing support to a Board or at Director/Senior Management level, preferably in an international working environment;
_Experience in organising meetings, taking minutes, balancing conflicting demands and priorities and managing a busy work load within strict deadlines;
_Strong multi-tasking and organisational skills;
_High level commitment, diplomacy and absolute discretion;
_Clear and effective writing skills and the ability to provide clear, concise and timely oral and written communications;
_Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with friendly and service oriented attitude. Ability to interact effectively with member state delegations, colleagues at all levels and external contacts;
_The ability to research, analyse, summarize and present information in a clear and logical manner;
_Good knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams etc.);
_Ability to work both on your own initiative and within teams in an international and multicultural environment.
Desirable Competences and Experience
_Willingness to acquire new skills, keep up-to-date with the tools used in the daily work, adapt to new
procedures and to identify ways to optimize the workflow;
_Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning applications;
_Ability to rapidly understand and adapt to ESO specific context and environment.
You must have completed secondary school education and obtained a secretarial/administration diploma.
The position requires fluent English, both written and oral. Basic knowledge of German or Spanish would be an advantage.
Remuneration and Contract:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.
ESO aims to support members of personnel in maintaining a good Work-life balance between their professional and private life. ESO is also committed to offering Family-Friendly Support, creating a work environment and policies which allow staff to balance their professional and private responsibilities through flexible working arrangements and financial support for families.
The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit https://www.eso.org/public/jobs/conditions/intstaff/. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.
Garching near Munich, Germany.
Career Path: III
If you are interested in working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit (http://www.eso.org) for further details.
Applicants are invited to apply online at https://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
Deadline for applications is 30 November 2020.
Interviews are expected to be held soon afterwards
ESO has established diversity as an important value of the Organisation, is committed to providing an equal opportunities environment and is actively seeking to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.
No nationality is in principle excluded, however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.
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