Posting Title: Senior Finance and Budget Assistant, G7
Job Code Title: Senior Finance and Budget Assistant
Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 25 November 2020-24 December 2020
Job Opening number: 20-FIN-UNEP-145194-R-NAIROBI (X)
Staffing Exercise ID: N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This post is located in the Corporate Services Division, at the Nairobi duty station, under the direct supervision of the Senior Finance and Budget Officer. Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Acts as alternate Certifying Officer on behalf of and in the absence of programme managers at offices outside headquarters.
Undertakes reviews, analyses and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions.
Reviews, analyses and assists in the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements, including programmatic aspects; ensures compliance with the medium-term plan and other legislative mandates.
Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
Undertakes research and provides support to higher level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
Provides input into the preparation of allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
Monitors budget implementation/expenditures and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
Monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
Reviews approved staffing tables for Corporate Services Division, Executive Office, and Evaluation Office.
Drafts monthly post incumbency reports and updates the positions’ cost distribution in Umoja Organization Management to ensure correct coding blocks are charged.
Drafts periodic and ad-hoc reports including monthly budget dashboard reports to senior management, Programme Performance Reports (PPR) to UNEP Senior Management as well as to the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR).
Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
Assists in finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
Monitors integrity of various financial databases.
Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued.
Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
Assists staff members, Fund Management Officers and donors regarding queries on payment and deposit-related issues.
Reviews inter and intra-unit processes aiming to optimize workflow and customer orientation.
Follows-up on audit recommendations.
Files and archives as required.
Keeps up to date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme and/or peacekeeping budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
Drafts or prepares correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
Provides guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
Performs other related duties as required.
•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment; knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations; ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems; knowledge of PowerPoint presentations and preparation of financial and management reports; 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.
•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.
•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.
High school diploma or equivalent. Supplemental training in Accounting and Finance or related field is an asset. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat. Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, accounting, administrative services or related area is required.
Work experience in ERP System, Business Analytics or Business Intelligence is desirable.
Work experience designing PowerPoint presentations and preparing financial and management reports is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis. Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment. 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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.
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Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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