Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Field Operations Finance Division (FOFD) in the Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB) in the Department of Management Strategy Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.
The Field Operations Finance Division supports the Controller in exercising accountability for the financial resources made available by the Member States for peacekeeping operations and special political missions, with a currently approved annual budget of approximately US$7 billion.
The Division is committed to an ongoing change process to ensure the highest effectiveness and efficiency standards in budget preparation and presentation including the mainstreaming of results-based budgeting. The working environment of peacekeeping operations is dynamic, and the team is committed to meeting the corresponding demands. The main partners of the Division are the peacekeeping operations, the Department of Peace Operations, the Department of Operational Support, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the legislative bodies and troop- and uniformed police- contributing countries.
Under the guidance of the Section Chief, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
• Analyses budget submissions, obtains clarifications and justifications.
• Prepares budget and budget performance reports for large and complex peacekeeping operations as well as backstopping activities.
• Prepares financial implications for Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council.
• Prepares the supplementary information and supports the Director and the Section Chief in presentation of the budget proposals and budget performance reports to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly.
• Administers and monitors related trust funds.
• Prepares allotments, staffing table authorizations and redeployments of funds.
• Analyses and monitors budget implementation.
• Monitors payments to troop- and formed police-contributing Governments for the settlement of liabilities.
• Drafts official correspondence and background papers including briefings for senior management.
• Conducts research and prepares communication to member states on financial issues.
• The incumbent may be requested to perform other related duties, including those related to management of the Office of the Director, support to the Director in the consideration of all matters requiring his/her attention; drafting of talking points, papers, briefing notes and special financing reports; undertaking research and analysis and providing assistance to the Director on financial aspects of trust funds and human resources issues in the Division, as well as other tasks.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of budget development, including results-based budgeting, and the financial administration of resources. Ability to conceptualize and analyze financial principles and practices. Ability to provide authoritative advice to senior managers on strategic issues. Accepts additional responsibilities as required by the demands of service; strives for excellence in performance continually; remains composed while working effectively in stressful situations. Ability to use information technology effectively as a tool and resource; demonstrates substantive and technological knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence; is motivated and demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal development and learn. 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. 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 of team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, finance, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area is required.
Experience with budgetary policies and practices, financial regulations and rules is required.
Experience in preparing reports for intergovernmental or expert bodies is required.
Experience in the use of information technology tools for financial analysis and monitoring of budgets is required.
Experience in preparing and drafting written reports is required.
Experience in results-based approaches to budgeting is desirable.
Experience with financial systems/finance modules or enterprise resource planning (ERP) is desirable.
Experience with peacekeeping operations is desirable.
Experience with the operations of inter-governmental and legislative machinery is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is a desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.Special Notice
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.
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.
This position is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. The extension of appointment is subject to the funding availability and budgetary approval.
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.
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.
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