With delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties :
Ensures accurate financial and management reporting of a complete financial operation, encompassing a wide variety of funding sources, a large volume of transactions, and extensive dispersed activities, including :
Reviews the internal control systems of the Accounting Operations Unit, the Payments and Payroll Unit of the Finance Section and, when requested, of the other Sections within the Financial Resources Management Service, to identify and mitigate risks of inaccurate reporting and / or fraud.
Analyses accounts, reviews / prepares regular financial reports.
Coordinates year end closing tasks for UNOG and its clients. Responds to requests from UN HQ and other UN offices for information necessary to prepare Financial Statements.
Reviews UNOG Trial Balances for inclusion in the UN Volume 1 Financial Statements. Reviews Trust Funds Statements and pledge schedules in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
Supervises the preparation and ensures compliance with IPSAS of the Financial Statements for the International Criminal Tribunals and the United Nations Compensation Commission, which are to be approved by the Controller and audited.
Acts as focal point for the financial audits of UNOG and its clients. Responds to internal / external audit observations from multiple audit teams (OIOS as well as external Board of Auditor teams for UNOG, OCHA, OHCHR, ICTY, MICT, UNCC, UNFCCC, UNCCD, ITC), prioritizing at times of multiple simultaneous requests.
Supervises the preparation of donor reports. Reviews donor agreements. Approves accounting adjustments and refunds to donors for certain trust funds
Manages fixed asset accounting for clients with field offices
Prepares the financial statements for the United Nations Staff Mutual Insurance Section.
Provides substantive support to the development and implementation of accounting systems. Takes initiative to improve accounting processes and approaches.
Guides, trains and supervises general service and professional staff in the function.
Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism : Excellent knowledge of modern ERP accounting systems such as Umoja (SAP) and of MS Excel, and very good IT skills.
Knowledge of accounting principles, procedures and standards. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations.
Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make 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.
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.
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.
conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Managing performance : Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member.
Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines.
Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative.
Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree, or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or related fields is required.
A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, finance, budget, administration or related area is required, of which preferably three years within the United Nations system.
Experience working with International Accounting Standards (IPSAS or IFRS) is required. Experience with Enterprise Resources Management (ERP) systems is required, preferably with ERP software such as SAP.
Experience with reviewing / preparing IPSAS or IFRS compliant Financial Statements is highly desirable. Experience working in public sector accounting (related to both regular budget and voluntary funding) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of French is desirable.
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.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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.
The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.
Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
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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.