Posting Title:Financial Information Officer, P3
Department/Office:Department of Operational Support
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:25 September 2020 – 08 November 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Finance-DOS-139693-R-New York (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Income Tax Unit, Headquarters Client Support Service, Division of Administration, Department of Operational Support (DOS), New York. The Financial Information Officer will report to the Chief of the Unit.

In line with the Secretary-General’s management reform effective 01 January 2019, the Department of Operational Support will focus on operations, services, transactions and surge support to entities in weak environments. It will service and support the entire Secretariat – at Headquarters, the regional commissions and offices away from Headquarters and in the field.


Within delegated authority the Financial Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

*Provide business analysis and technical direction for planning, implementing and supporting financial information systems for the UN Income Tax Unit, including Tax system (STARS), Umoja (SAP ERP), Tax Portal, docAlpha Scanning and Compliance system.
*Analyze industry best practice in business processes, and design and manage the implementation of new methods of work with departmental or organizational scope that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations.
*Evaluate existing systems and identify the need for new systems or modify the existing systems.
*Select options for solving system and workflow problems and propose the most suitable solutions based upon functional and economic considerations.
*Plan, supervise, coordinate and participate in all phases of the systems development life-cycle, through the negotiation and development of design change documentation.
*Negotiate with Users and the technical teams to enable their completion.
*Specify test plans and testing methodologies.
*Undertake and supervise the various phases in the testing life-cycle and authorize the migration of changes through the development cycle.
*Provide day-to-day problem-solving services for complex tax systems issues to clients.
*Document system problems and prioritize them.
*Identify problems and irregularities in Umoja (SAP ERP), tax operations and completed transactions, resolving them in a timely and effective manner.
*Propose resolutions and data fixes following best practice where data has been corrupted.
*Write work procedures for systems and/or specific business events.
*Create complex ad-hoc reports and perform data analysis using SQL database applications.
*Propose improvements to existing systems and standard reports based upon user demand.


Professionalism – Proven conceptual analytical, and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations; A complete, in-depth grasp of financial and budgetary principles and practices with a specific focus on Information Technology that provides solutions; Strong theoretical background in information technology/information management, particularly in systems analysis, database design and programming; Knowledge of organization’s information infrastructure and Information Technology (IT) strategy as it relates to user area(s); 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 degree) in Information technology, business administration, finance 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. Certification as a Chartered Accountant, Public Accountant or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in finance, accounting, budget or business administration, information systems management or a related area is required. Please describe your experiences in this area with examples.
Experience in finance systems analysis and development is required. Please describe your experiences with examples.
Experience in programming and analysis, including object oriented design, relational systems, scripting and query languages is required. Please describe your experiences with examples.
Experience in report writing and using different tools such as Crystal Reports or Business Objects is required. Please describe your experiences with examples.
Experience in Web, database and server technology used in deploying systems is desirable. Please describe your experiences with examples.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in 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 a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

Appointment or assignment 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 and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to 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.

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.

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.

No Fee


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