Accounting Assistant

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This is a G-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 6 years of experience, depending on education. More about G-6 contracts.

Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Accounts Section (AS) of the Financial Resources Management Service (FRMS) in the Division for Management (DM) at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The incumbent reports to the Supervisor/Chief of Unit.

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Responsibilities Within assigned authority, the Accounting Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Scrutinize source documents for completeness, accuracy and validity of charges.
  • Investigate erroneous charges and take appropriate corrective accounting actions.
  • Reconcile and review clearing accounts and ensure proper clearance procedures have been followed.
  • Extract details of income, expenditure, assets and liability from accounting system in order to analyze and verify accuracy and validity.
  • Consolidate data into financial statements.
  • Assist with the monitoring of expenditures to ensures they remain within authorized levels.
  • Prepare worksheets and assist with the preparation of financial statements.
  • Audit various accounting transactions, e.g., payroll, education grants, final payments, income tax returns, travel claims, etc., to ensure correctness of disbursements and adherence to relevant staff rules, financial regulations and rules, ST/AI issuances or practices.
  • Maintain records of voluntary contributions to the Funds in accordance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
  • Prepare reports to the donor in accordance with the funding agreements.
  • Monitor funding sources for projects funded from voluntary contributions to ensure compliance to the terms of funding agreements.
  • Serve as Approving Officer for various financial transactions, including journal vouchers, billing, and payments up to an authorized level.
  • Provide guidance and training to colleagues as required.
  • Supervise other General Service staff as required.
  • Draft/prepare memoranda and/or cables to various offices, departments and overseas offices.
  • Respond to queries from staff members and third parties.
  • Assist with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
  • Assist with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be required.

    Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Has knowledge in the use and application of the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules as well as accounting policies and practices. Is able to extract, interpret, and analyze a wide variety of data and to resolve data discrepancies and other problems. Has the ability to perform analysis, modelling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

PLANNING AND 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.

Education High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, finance or related area, two of which should be directly related to accounting, is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to 5 for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher.

IPSAS/IFRS experience is required.

Work experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required.

Work experience with SAP/Umoja is desirable.

Work experience using advanced Microsoft Office applications and/or other databases is desirable.

Experience with United Nations’ or a similar international organization’s financial rules and regulations is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicants with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for these positions is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the posts.

These positions are subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=GP

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.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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