Financial Reporting Specialist (Roster)

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This is a ICS-10 contract. This kind of contract is known as International Civil Service. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about ICS-10 contracts.

Background Information - Job-specific

****Please note this roster primarily aims to establish a pool of qualified Financial Reporting Specialist and is not looking to fill an immediate need.** A professional accountant qualification is required for this position, and applicants without this qualification will not be considered.**

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

UNOPS vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

The Finance Group (FG) is a critical and strategic business function in UNOPS and serves as an authoritative and integrated partner in the organization on strategic financial planning and budgeting, financial policy, practices, analysis, management services and reporting, organisational treasury and investments, internal control and enterprise risk management. As the steward of resources of a self-financing UN entity, FG is accountable for processes to ensure timely cost recovery and reporting to partners, maintaining the integrity and transparency of financial management of resources in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and organisational/international accountability framework and the accurate and transparent financial reporting to governing bodies, clients, partners and stakeholders.

The Financial Reporting Specialist reports to the Head of Financial Statements and UNBOA Relations who provides broad supervision and guidance. The Financial Reporting Specialist is responsible for efficient financial reporting and the provision of accurate, thoroughly researched and documented financial information for preparation of the financial statement. He/she analyzes and interprets the financial rules and regulations and the applicable accounting standards (IPSAS) and provides solutions to a wide spectrum of complex financial issues. The Financial Reporting Specialist supervises support personnel and promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations.

Background Information - Rosters

At the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), we strive for excellence! We work in challenging environments around the world and we best serve people in need by being able to fill business critical roles very quickly.

In order to strengthen our capacity to meet our future needs for new colleagues, UNOPS has an ambitious and proactive recruitment approach: the Rosters. For business critical roles, we establish rosters which are pools of assessed candidates who can be recruited in an efficient manner once a vacancy arises. Roster members will be considered first for external vacancies. As a member you will remain on the roster for a duration of up to 3 years.

UNOPS is looking for candidates who are internationally mobile.

Further information about UNOPS and its international activities can be found here and information about Rosters can be found here.

Functional Responsibilities

  1. Corporate financial statements
  2. Financial oversight and monitoring
  3. Internal and external audit coordination
  4. Capacity building / system improvement

    1. CORPORATE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND AUDIT
  • Prepare corporate financial statements, in compliance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), including all the necessary supporting schedules and notes.
  • Prepare quarterly and year end analysis of corporate financial statements for management review.
  • Prepare analysis and feedback to queries from internal and external stakeholders related to corporate financial statements and working files.
  • Ensure compliance to IPSAS Accounting Standards and provide expert advice and support in regular book closure and year-end closure process and application of IPSAS
  • Take lead in monthly, quarterly and year end closing schedule and calendar of activities.

    1. FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT AND MONITORING
  • Exercise periodic monitoring over transactions and account balances to ensure recording and reporting in accordance with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations and other applicable Organizational Directives and Operational Instructions.

  • Take a proactive approach in identifying issues related to data quality and liaise with related parties in the organization to ensure timely and necessary corrections.
  • Maintain a log of issues identified, analyze data and draw a holistic action plan to improve processes and establish necessary controls based on lessons learned.
  • Contribute to developing and maintaining a strong control environment around financial reporting and the integrity of data used for preparation of corporate financial statements..
  • Ensure that all deadlines applicable to book closure and reporting are met

    1. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AUDIT
  • Prepare audit related reports to be submitted to the UN Board of Auditors, UNOPS Executive Board and UNOPS management.

  • Provide support to the Head of Financial Statements and Audit during Internal and External audit processes.
  • Coordinate with external auditors during interim and year end audit
  • Monitor, manage and take follow-up actions on both Internal and External audit recommendations with the concerned Practices in HQ and field offices

    1. CAPACITY BUILDING / SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT
  • Support process documentation and continuous process improvements.

  • Become a subject matter expert for the Financial Reporting requirements UNOPS ERP
  • Develop innovative solutions to optimize financial processes and reduce manual work and increase automation around financial reporting
  • Responsible for providing guidance and advice to finance practitioners in the area of financial accounting, interpretation and operational guidance on the application of the Accounting standards and UNOPS FRR

The key results have an impact on the overall Financial Group efficiency in financial resources management and success in introduction and implementation of operational strategies. Accurate, thoroughly researched and documented financial information, timely and appropriate delivery of services ensure client satisfaction and enhance UNOPS credibility in use of financial resources

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education: - A Master's Degree or equivalent in Finance, Accounting, Financial Management or a related field is required. - A first-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master's degree.

  • Professional certification in accounting (CA, CPA, ACCA, ACA, CIMA, etc.), audit (CIA) or equivalent is required.

Experience: - Minimum 5 years of relevant working experience within an international environment in the areas of financial reporting, audit and accounting. - A thorough knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). - Experience with software tools to present data clearly and concisely is highly desirable. - Knowledge and experience in ERP system developments and process improvements and automation is considered an asset. - Exposure to complex stakeholder landscapes, and ability to constructively challenge the status quo

Language Requirements: - Full working knowledge of English. - Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: P Contract level: P-3 Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

As per the terms of the Host Agreement between UNOPS and the Government of Denmark, UNOPS officials are privileged to an exemption from taxation on the salaries and emoluments paid to them by UNOPS, including accrued interest rates on UN pension schemes. The Host Agreement does not apply for individuals living outside of Denmark. These individuals may be obliged to pay tax on their income, and have the responsibility of checking with local tax authorities.

For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/UN-Staff-Contracts.aspx

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
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