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 post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations.
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
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.
DOS was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions. UCSD will serve as the single point of entry within the Secretariat for operational and policy matters relating to support and reimbursement to military and police contingents deployed to United Nations field operations. Reimbursement payments to contributing countries are one of the largest costs of United Nations peacekeeping. RCMPS will be responsible for the calculations, analysis and processing of reimbursement to troop-and police-contributing countries on account of contingent personnel, major equipment and self-sustainment, as well as death and disability compensation for all uniformed personnel.
This position is located in the Reimbursement Claims Management and Performance Section (RCMPS) of the Uniformed Capabilities Support Division (UCSD) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent will report to the Chief of Section.
Within delegated authority, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provides guidance and analysis to the Section Chief to support the preparation of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with contributing countries, in conjunction with input from across the Department of Operational Support (DOS) and the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), and Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) to support the deployment of military and police contingents to United Nations field missions.
• Prepares reports on performance of military/police units, using standardized metrics related to equipment availability and serviceability, with a primary focus on operational capability gaps, safety considerations, and financial inefficiencies.
• Reviews, develops, and reports on Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) performance management key performance indicators (KPI).
• Reviews the Verification Reports (VR) on contingent owned equipment produced by field mission for quality assurance and policy compliance for accurate reimbursement.
• Calculates and provides budget estimates for contingent owned equipment and personnel reimbursement taking into account the mandate and strategic guidance provided to field missions and other stakeholders inputs.
• Plans and oversees the activities of a team in ensuring the accurate and timely calculation of reimbursements payable to Member States for the lease and deployment of equipment and other items needed to sustain the operations of military and police contingents in United Nations field missions.
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
• Assesses claims from Member States for compensation for the death or disability of military or police personnel deployed to United Nations field missions, coordinating input as needed from medical and legal sources.
• Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of a unit by maintaining and updating detailed processes and procedures; prioritizing, assigning and guiding individual responsibilities; developing needed expertise and knowledge; evaluating performance; and identifying opportunities for improvement.
• Prepares and provides guidance and other information as needed on payment of death and disability compensation and reimbursement of equipment costs in discussions with representatives of countries contributing military and police contingents to United Nations field missions.
• Drafts reports for intergovernmental bodies and for management on budgetary issues, and correspondence.
• Ensures detailed calculations are accurate and acts as a Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 110.4 to ensure that proposed payments are in accordance with approved funding allotments and UN Regulations and Rules.
• Ensures the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them.
• Represents division in inter and intra-departmental meetings.
• Performs other related work as required.
Professionalism: Proven analytical skills and ability to provide advice in a complex organizational setting. Demonstrated capacity to undertake complex negotiations and engage other stakeholders in discussing military and police equipment and other capabilities. Experience in developing and administering policies and procedures in calculating significant payments and analyzing related data. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals and procedures that are consistent with agreed strategies and deadlines; identifies priority activities and assignments, and adjusts 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business or public administration, accounting, finance, logistics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in finance, accounting, financial transaction processing, or related area is required.
Experience in Military or police planning associated with Contingent Owned Equipment concepts is required.
Experience working in or in support of peacekeeping or similar field operations is desirable.
Experience in processing complex claims based on negotiated multi-stakeholders' agreements is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French 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 a competency-based interview.
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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