Regional Bureau Secretary

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Regional Bureau Secretary

  • Post Date:August 13, 2022
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  • Career Level Other
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 1-3 Years
Job Description


This vacancy announcement pertains to law enforcement officials within INTERPOL’s member countries only.

Please read the Conditions of Secondment in force at INTERPOL including the maximum duration of secondment.

Please be aware that your home Administration/Agency/Service/Government will be responsible for all of your salary/remuneration, social insurance, pension contributions, welfare benefits, family allowances, benefits during your assignment at INTERPOL as well as travel, removal expenses related to your arrival at and departure from INTERPOL, and any other related costs depending on your circumstances. It is requested that you obtain in writing, confirmation from your home Administration/Agency/Service/Government that it agrees with these CONDITIONS OF SECONDMENT. This confirmation letter should be forwarded to us THROUGH THE NCB, who needs to validate your application.

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 195 member states. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities, and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime. INTERPOL is now looking for a qualified candidate as a Regional Specialized Officer Regional Bureau Harare within the Global Outreach & Regional Support Directorate.

INTERPOL embraces diversity and is committed to achieving diversity and inclusion within its workforce. Applicants from the underrepresented Member States and qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job title: Regional Bureau Secretary
Reporting To: Head of Regional Bureau
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe*
Duration: 3-year secondment
Grade: 7
Number of post: 1
Security Clearance Level: Basic
Deadline for application: 15 August 2022

INTERPOL is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of INTERPOL Member States, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities.

INTERPOL places no restrictions on the eligibility of candidates, without distinction as to race or ethnic origin, religion, opinions, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. However, the national policy and laws in force in INTERPOL host countries may mean that staff members’ spouses or partners, while legally recognized by the Organization, are not given the same recognition when they reside in certain duty stations. When this is the case, the Organization will inform the candidates accordingly to ensure that they are aware of the situation and allow them to make an informed decision.


In accordance to given instructions and in order to assume an active administrative role with respect to the execution of the Regional Bureau/Liaison Office’s activities, the Regional Bureau Secretary will be responsible for providing timely, efficient and quality administrative and secretarial assistance to the Head of the Regional Bureau (RB) personally as well as to officers assigned to the Office.
The incumbent will initiate and develop administrative procedures in order to maximize operational effectiveness within the Office and may be required to provide day-to-day guidance and advice to an Administrative Agent.



Perform secretarial duties and provide administrative support to the Head of the RB/Liaison office, as well as the Officers assigned to the Bureau Liaison office by ensuring the efficient preparation and processing of correspondence and documentation needed for the daily work of the Head of the RB/Liaison office and the Officers.

  • Keep available all necessary materials to enable the Head of the RB/Liaison office and the officers to prepare letters, reports, etc.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and other correspondence as requested by the Head of the RB/Liaison office and the officers.
  • Handle specific files and/or assignments at the request of the Head of the RB/Liaison office.
  • Respond to internal/external requests as they concern all the activities of the RB/Liaison office.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the agenda of the Head of the RB/Liaison office and the officers.


Put in place a system to log in, treat, trace and file all incoming and outgoing mail in the RB/Liaison office. Follow-up to ensure that action is taken in a timely and effective manner.

  • Put in place and maintain an effective and practical logging-in, tracking and filing system within the RB/Liaison office.
  • Ensure that documentation can be traced and retrieved upon request by implementing and maintaining an efficient filing system to assist both the personnel of the RB/Liaison office and other officials who may request a document linked to the RB/Liaison office’s activities.
  • Respect administrative instructions and deadlines imposed regarding the processing of files.
  • Initiate and develop, with the approval of the Head of the RB/Liaison office, administrative and management procedures in order to ensure the efficient functioning of both the RB/Liaison office and the Organization in general. To continually review these procedures, and modify if necessary, in order to adapt to the needs of the RB/Liaison office and its crime program areas.


Perform secretarial duties and put in place administrative procedures in order to ensure that the RB/Liaison office’s teams operate as a cohesive unit.

  •  Enable the quick and efficient retrieval of information, previous decisions, policy guidelines, relevant correspondence, etc. relating to the work of the RB/Liaison office.
  • Process, type and format correspondence and documentation arising from the work of the RB/Liaison office and its crime programs.
  • Assume an active role in the preparation and organization of missions, international meetings and regional conferences.
  • Perform a secretariat function for meetings and conferences as necessary.


Ensure all correspondence prepared within the RB/Liaison office is correct from both a presentation and linguistic point of view and respects specified deadlines.

  • Ensure the timely follow up of tasks assigned to the RB/Liaison office, ensure that requests processed within the Bureau/Liaison office are complete, comprehensive and presented in a neat, logical and methodical manner.
  • Verification of all correspondence.


Ensure that administrative directives from the Head of the RB/Liaison office and/or Director of GORS are implemented.

  • Ensure the implementation of administrative directives from the Director and/or his secretary.
  • Suggest ways to improve administrative procedures as and when appropriate.


Provide administrative support to all officers assigned to the RB/Liaison office in support of the activities undertaken by the Bureau/Liaison office.

  • Carry out secretarial and administrative tasks for all the RB/Liaison Office members.
  • Liaison with NCBs, RBs and external organizations in the context of requesting information/documentation etc., in relation to on-going activities.
  • Timely processing and dissemination of information/documentation received. Any other tasks assigned by the Head of the RB/Liaison office and/or officers in the furtherance of specific activities.


As directed by the Head of RB or liaison office, undertake personnel-related administrative tasks.

  • Maintain and develop a local contact network with Government departments in order obtain information and/or documentation to facilitate the execution of personnel-related procedures i.e. applications for visas, resident permits, insurance etc.
  • Ensure that all the administrative procedures are followed with respect to the assignment of new personnel to the RB or Liaison office.
  • Assist newly-arrived personnel with their installation and orientation.
  • Ensure that personnel forms, documents and annual evaluation reports are completed in a timely manner.


Please only include professional experience for which you can provide official proof of employment (i.e. pay-slip indicating your functional title, work certificates, etc.). You could be asked to provide copies of such documents prior to interviews/tests. Any discrepancies found between the information stated in any of your application documents and the evidence of employment provided, will be considered misrepresentation and may lead to your disqualification from this selection procedure. This is especially important for your current and previous functional titles (they need to be exactly the same as the one in your contractual agreement), exact dates of employment, description of responsibilities and achievements, reason(s) for leaving and part-time work.

All candidates will be assessed on the under mentioned requirements.

Training/Education required

  • At least two years Bilingual secretarial education from a university or an equivalent training;
  • A trilingual secretarial qualification would be an asset.

Experience required

  • At least 2 years’ experience in a secretarial post or equivalent experience beneficial to the position;
  • Similar experience in another national or international Organization would be beneficial.


  • Professional fluency in English
  • Proficiency in another official working language of the Organization (Arabic, French or Spanish) would be an additional asset.

Specific skills required

  • Solid computer knowledge including excellent command of Office Suite and Internet;
  • Strong communication skills, both in written and oral form.

Special aptitudes required

  • Ability to cope with sudden increases in workload, and high degree of availability (may be required to work overtime or outside normal working hours);
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain good relations with members of the General Secretariat;
  • Ability to react quickly and adapt to changing circumstances;
  • Personal and professional maturity;
  • Ability to maintain objectivity and apply logical reasoning;
  • Ability to work in teams as well as individually;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Good social skills, particularly in a multicultural environment;
  • Initiative, creativity (original thinking) and curiosity;
  • Ability to synthesize;
  • Good listening skills.

In addition to the requirements, the following Assets and Special Aptitudes would be beneficial:

  • Proficiency in a second official language would be an additional asset.
  • Experience working in an international environment would be highly desirable, for example employment in an international organization, or participation in international working groups, joint international projects, etc.


Remuneration: INTERPOL does not pay salary to seconded officials. Depending on the nationality of official, an expatriation allowance may be paid for a maximum period of six years. For more information regarding conditions of service, please refer to the “Secondments” link available on the web site

The incumbent will be occasionally required to work irregular hours or overtime based upon workload.

This post requires occasional travel on missions, sometimes of a long duration and at a short notice.

In order to be a staff member at INTERPOL the proof of fully COVID-19 vaccination status is a mandatory requirement. The person is considered fully vaccinated if he/she has taken all the doses (initial and booster doses) required by the local health authorities of his/her country of residence/origin. This may
imply a reduced number of doses if the person has recovered from COVID-19 infection (requirement for recovery certificate). Please note this as you apply for the position advertised.

The Organization reserves the right to change the duty station proposed in the present circular at any time, subject to the rules in force, and will inform the authorities concerned accordingly.

In compliance with INTERPOL’s Confidentiality regime the successful candidate will have to undergo a security screening according to the clearance level attached to the function.

INTERPOL has four official languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

INTERPOL retains the right not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower or higher grade or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for a shorter or longer duration than indicated above.

INTERPOL would like to inform candidates that their application might be considered for other similar positions.

INTERPOL operates a non-smoking policy.