|Posting Title:||Finance & Budget Officer, P3|
|Job Code Title:||FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER|
|Department/Office:||Department of Economic and Social Affairs|
|Duty Station:||NEW YORK|
|Posting Period:||06 March 2018 - 19 April 2018|
|Job Opening Number:||18-Finance-DESA-93781-R-New York (X)|
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Capacity Development Office (CDO) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Under delegated authority from the Controller, CDO provides full financial and administrative support with respect to the management of DESA's capacity development programmes and projects, including the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation, the Development Account and all extra-budgetary funding. CDO also provides financial and administrative support to capacity development programmes of the UN Secretariat, including the Junior Professional Officers and Fellowship Programmes. The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Finance Officer under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief of the Capacity Development Office.
Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
Provides support to managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.
Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
Monitors budget implementation and determines/recommends reallocation of funds when necessary.
Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
Reviews all requisitions raised in Umoja system for goods and services to ensure correct objects of expenditure have been charged, ensuring availability of funds.
Acts as Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 105.5 to ensure that proposed obligations and expenditures are in accordance with approved budgets and established regulations and rules.
Administers and monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
Prepares relevant documentation with respect to budget performance submissions.
Reviews and makes appropriate recommendations with respect to the finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
Provides substantive support to intergovernmental and legislative bodies.
Provides information needed to support audits of oversight bodies and to respond to audit findings.
Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme and/or project budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
Monitors and supervises the work of subordinate staff as required.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
•CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in finance, accounting, administration, budget, business administration or related area is required. Experience in the administration of extrabudgetary trust fund projects in the context of development cooperation, including review and clearance of contribution agreements and preparation of financial reports to donors is desirable. Experience working with an enterprise resource planning system, such as SAP, is desirable. Experience in the application of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) or comparable is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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