Finance and Budget Officer
Application deadline 1 year ago: Tuesday 5 Oct 2021 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)' Operations and Resources Management Pillar, Budget and Finance Section, and is based in Nairobi. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Budget and Finance Section.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Finance and Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Prepare cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of mission’s resourcing requirements such as staff and non-staff requirements, including programmatic aspects; review, analyse and revise data with respect to the finalization of the budget proposals as well as Result Based Budgeting inputs.
•Provide support to programme/fund centre managers (Substantive and Support Sections) with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Administer and monitor extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
•Administrate the mission’s allotments in accordance with the established procedures including redeployment/reallocation of funds.
•Ensure the efficient and effective use of budgetary resources through robust monitoring of budget utilization to the approved budget and timely provision of information to Mission management for decision making; Provide support and guidance to fund centre/programme managers on budget implementation and corrective actions where necessary.
•Analyse complex/unusual accounting transactions and open items in the accounting system and implement corrective actions.
•Prepare the budget performance report of the mission and ensure that correct and accurate data and information are provided by the various programme /fund centre managers in compliance with the Controller’s instructions. Review and finalise the performance reports ensuring valid and adequate variance explanations between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
•Review and reconciles various clearing accounts, investigate erroneous/invalid entries and take appropriate corrective accounting action.
•Process incoming/outgoing interoffice vouchers (IOVs), interoffice billings (IOBs) and intermission billings (IMBs) from/to HQs, agencies, funds, programs and other field missions.
•Advise and ensure that only valid year-end budget commitments confirming with established criteria are valid for carrying forward.
•Review and verifies that appropriate relevant supporting documents have been provided for the processing of payments for goods and services received;
•Prepare staff members’ entitlements including claims, danger pay, daily subsistence allowance, mission subsistence allowance, volunteer living allowance and any other allowances for payments in conformity and adherence to applicable United Nations policies e.g., staff rules, financial regulations and rules, ST/AI issuances or practices, IPSAS policy framework etc.
•Prepare year-end reports for the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) on all pension contributions made by national staff.
•Supervise the disbursement of payments and monitor house bank account balances and transaction.
•Manage cash flow requirements of the mission; Verify imprest documentation and prepare imprest statements.
•Prepare bank reconciliations for the Mission house banks.
•Act as a Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 105.5 or Approving Officer under Financial Rule 105.4 in adherence with the UN Regulations and Rules; Act as Bank Signatory under financial rule 104.5.
•Provide advice, financial interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars under the supervision/guidance of the Chief Finance and Budget Officer.
•In the absence of a Chief Finance and Budget officer, oversee the daily operation of the Officer.
•Carry out other duties as assigned.
Competencies Professionalism: Knowledge of budget, administration and financial management. 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.
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.
Education High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in accounting, finance, budget or related fields is required. Candidates may be required to take basic accounting and mathematical tests to determine their eligibility for this position.
Work Experience At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience within the United Nations system or in the private sector at the national or international level in accounting, budgeting or financial management, is required. Experience in monitoring financial transactions, identifying and analyzing trends is desirable. Experience and technical competence such as local process expert qualification in the following Umoja modules is highly desirable: Funds Management (FM), Financial Accounting (FI), and/or, Grants Management (GM) is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice - This position is temporarily available until 14 October 2022. 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 applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
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