Job Description of an Administrative Officer

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In most organizations, there are lots of clerical and administrative tasks to be carried out which makes it important to appoint an administrative officer. To understand the job description of an administrative officer it is important to start with the meaning of the word “Administration”. According to Collins Dictionary, Administration can be defined as “the range of activities connected with organizing and supervising the way that an organization or institution functions; the process of organizing and supervising something.” In summary, the administration of a business has to do with all the steps taken to ensure that the business is well organized and running smoothly.

Who is an Administrative Officer?

An administrative officer is an individual whose major duty in an organization is to provide administrative support to the organization. This individual usually acts as a point of contact for all employees of the organization. Management of the office stock/inventory, maintaining stationery, office supplies, and other keeping day-to-day records is usually carried out by an administrative officer. They are often assisted by administrative assistants which is often an entry-level role to support the officer and also get acquainted with the demands of the role.

Roles of Administrative Officers in an organization


Before you apply for the role of an administrative officer in any organization, kindly note that these are some of the duties you will likely perform in the organization. NB. Some of the roles overlap with other roles and in some organizations, you might not be required to do everything stated here.

  • He maintains office supplies which include stationeries and also engage visitors before directing them to the officers in charge.
  • He is often required to answer phone calls on behalf of the organization, receive complaints from stakeholders, and pass them across to the relevant officers.
  • Works with vendors to ensure an adequate supply of goods and effective delivery of services to the organization.
  • When it’s necessary to operate photocopy machines, central printers, scan documents or do other related tasks, an administrative officer is often the one in charge.
  • He schedules books meetings and official appointments; he also maintains a calendar of events to be carried out by the organization.
  • In organizations where it is necessary to deliver documents to third parties outside the company or other departments within the organization, the administrative officer is often in charge of the task.
  • Receives letters and other correspondences coming into the organization and distributes them to the affected departments.
  • He could be required to book flights or other traveling channels for top management staff of the organization and accommodation.
  • Keeps the company’s records and other relevant documents.
  • Assisting with budget preparation and financial tasks
  • Provides general administrative support to other staff of the organization

Core competencies and abilities required of an Administrative Officer

  1. Strong organizational and time-management skills

Since the administrative officer’s duty majorly deals with the organization of provision of support to all staff, it goes without saying that he has to be skilled in organizing.  He would also need to be able to manage time effectively to carry out the numerous duties required for the role.


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  1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Clear and effective communication is a necessity for managing tasks and transmitting vital information across an organization, this is an important tool for an administrative officer. The ability to listen actively, which ensures adequate collaboration, comprehension, empathy, and conflict resolution among team members is also necessary for an admin officer. Developing these abilities will make administrative officers more effective at communicating, making relationships, and achieving organizational goals.

  1. Proficiency in office software and technology

The ability to effectively use basic office tools such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word are very important tools to succeed as an administrative officer in any organization. Also, organizations that use other industry-specific software would require an administrative officer to have a basic knowledge of such software in a bid to effectively discharge the duties.

  1. Attention to detail and accuracy

An administrative officer must ensure that he knows how to pay attention to minute details, this will create an error-free operation and also ensure that there is precision for every activity and document worked upon. When carrying out tasks such as organizing data, processing sensitive information and analyzing documents, an administrative officer is required to ensure the utmost care and discipline in ensuring accuracy. This will foster confidence and trust in the officer from stakeholders and co-workers.

  1. Problem-solving and decision-making abilities

The day-to-day duties of an administrative officer usually require making some timely decisions with or without input from other members of the organization. Problem-solving skills will also help an individual to understand how to navigate tough circumstances while discharging official duties.

You can learn these skills from the Jobberman soft skills training and McKinsey Forward program.

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What are the required qualifications to be an Administrative Officer?

Some organizations only accept individuals who have a degree in business, public administration, or any other related field for the role. Professional certification in office management is usually an added advantage for the role.

Previous experience in a similar role such as clerical or secretarial functions is often required for this role to ensure that the individual can seamlessly fit into the organization with little or no pre-employment training for the role.

Examples of interview questions for administrative officers

Some of the questions you should expect in an interview for the role of administrative officer include the following.

  1. Describe any memorable experience you’ve had in handling administrative tasks and responsibilities?
  2. When you are faced with multiple tasks with competing deadlines how do you prioritize and manage it?
  3. What are the steps you’ve taken in the past to ensure accuracy and attention to detail in your work?
  4. Can you provide one example of a challenging situation you encountered in your previous role and how you were able to resolve it?
  5. What are the precautions you take when handling confidential and sensitive information in your work?
  6. What systems or tools do you use to organize and track administrative tasks and documents?
  7. Can you share a situation where you had to adapt to sudden changes or unexpected circumstances and how you managed it?
  8. How do you maintain effective communication and collaboration with team members when working on a project?


The article contains all you need to know before you apply for the role of an administrative officer, including the responsibilities and duties, core skills, and qualifications required for the role.  It also considered some of the questions you should expect when you are invited for an interview.

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