The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is in charge of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world and aims to better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe. DG ECHO is based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Every decision ECHO takes must be in accordance with these four principles, which are at the heart of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid.
ECHO Regional Office (RO) for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama, is looking for an Administrative Assistant.
Education: Secondary education or equivalent commercial school. Minimum secretarial diploma.
Knowledge and Experience:
Demonstrate a minimum of 3 years of relevant working experience; previous experience in an embassy, government institution or international organisation is an advantage.
Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare official letters (i.e. protocol issues, to get visas, customs clearance, etc.).
Good communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.
Capacity to work in a multitasking position.
Knowledge in accounting will be an advantage
Excellent command of office software package (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet explorer, Outlook)
Languages: Excellent command of English and Spanish (oral and written). French will be an asset.
Job description: The incumbent serves as support on administrative and finance issues and ensures receptionist functions in the Office.
This position is open to nationals and other residents of Panama with valid work and residence permits.
DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and development opportunities.
As a reference, the base salary offered to a person with 3-year experience (the minimum required for the post) is USD 1,322.00 and it could be higher, based on the years of relevant professional work experience supported by a work certificate from previous employers
i.e. with 10 years of work experience the base salary would be USD 1,532.00.
Contracts will be ruled under the Panamanian labour legislation.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and their Curriculum Vitae in English (Europass CV Template only, which can be found at http://www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu) as well as all the related documentation (diplomas, working attestations) to the e-mail address
with the subject "ECHO-VACANCY Administrative Assistant - PTY". Applications must be received no later than February 29, 2020.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any kind of influence during the application process will disqualify the candidate.