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.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
This position is located in the Office of the Controller, Office of Programme, Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB), Department of Management, Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The Financial Management Officer reports directly to the Assistant-Secretary-General, Controller, OPPFB.
Under the direction of the Controller, the Financial Management Officer may be assigned, as appropriate, a combination of the following duties and responsibilities taking into account the distribution of assignments to the other staff of the Office:
•Review all financial agreements outlining the terms and conditions of voluntary contributions, including contributions in kind and non-reimburseable loans, and ensure that these agreements are consistent with UN financial policies, procedures and guidelines, and that there is a consistent and considerate approach to the acceptance of non-standard provisions and the granting of exceptions;
•Review requests for exceptions to the Financial Regulations and Rules and initiate and coordinate periodic reviews and/or proposed revisions to the Financial Regulations and Rules;
•Carry out studies of existing financial systems principally in the United Nations but also externally, when necessary, and prepare recommendations for improvements or the establishment of new systems within the United Nations;
•Develop methodologies for the review and monitoring of financial management systems, particularly those relating to internal controls and delegation of authority, including enhancing and coordinating the system for monitoring the use of delegation of authority;
•Identify priority issues and recommend courses of action particularly as they relate to regular expenditure analysis and performance monitoring of the financial resources of the Organization;
•Serve as a member of inter- and intra-departmental working groups and task forces established to review financial policies and operations;
•Receive, monitor and compile reports on cases of fraud, or presumptive fraud, for submission by the Controller to Board of Auditors and maintain confidential records on these cases;
•Evaluate, review and, if necessary, prepare delegations of authority of the Controller, and prepare for the Controller the extension or retraction of the delegation of authority as and when it is deemed prudent by the Controller;
•Represent the Office of the Controller on financial policy issues;
•Perform other duties, as deemed necessary by the Controller.
•Provide advice and guidance, including training, to headquarters and field staff on financial policies and procedures;
•Participate in inter-departmental meetings and/or technical survey missions on matters related to resource requirements;
•Keep up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to financial matters, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures;
•Draft reports for intergovernmental bodies and for management on financial issues, and correspondence;
•Draft official documentation to Departments and Offices concerning the financial matters of the United Nations;
•Undertake research and analysis of financial policies and procedures, makes recommendations for changes and/or modifications;
•Ensure the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them;
•Provide support with respect to representation of the Secretary-General in meetings of legislative organs;
•Represent OPPFB or division in inter and intra-departmental meetings;
•May plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Unit/Section assigned;
•May be asked to perform other related duties.
Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant substantive, policy and procedural aspects of the job of Financial Management Officer and of UN Financial Regulations and Rules and related internal directives and guidelines. Ability to apply UN legislative machinery and procedures, budgetary and accounting policies and practices in work situations. 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.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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) in business administration, finance, or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in administration, business, finance or related field is required.
Knowledge of the UN Rules & Regulations and experience with revenue generating or income producing activities is required.
Managing extrabudgetary resources in an ERP 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 another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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.
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.
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