Finance & Budget Officer

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Budget and Finance Section, Resource Management and Services Development Division (RMSDD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). The Finance & Budget Officer reports to the Chief, Budget and Finance Section, under the overall supervision of the Director of RMSDD.

Responsibilities

The Finance & Budget Officer formulates effective financial operations through the provision of timely support with respect to a well formulated strategic plan, programme budget proposals, improved administration of approved budgets, and improved programming and budgetary practices.

Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Medium-term plan:
•Reviews, analyses and finalizes the preparation of the strategic plan and its revisions on the basis of departmental submissions, taking into account recommendations and decisions of specialized inter-governmental bodies.
•Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their review of the medium-term plan and its revisions; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.
•Ensures legislative mandates are accurately translated into programme budgets.

Budget preparation:
•Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements including programmatic and financial aspects
•Provides support to managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Reviews, analyses, consolidates and provides input into finalization of programme budget
•Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; In particular assists in securing proposals support from the ACABQ and approval by the fifth committee of the General Assembly.

Budget administration:
•Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
•Monitors and reports on budget implementation by availing of contemporary ERP systems and determines/recommends reallocation of funds when necessary.
•Monitors and certifies expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
•Reviews all requisitions for goods and services to ensure correct objects of expenditure have been charged, ensuring availability of funds.
•Monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
•Prepares relevant documentation with respect to budget performance submissions.
•Reviews and makes appropriate recommendations with respect to the finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
•Provides substantive support to intergovernmental and legislative bodies.
General:
•Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures;
•Monitors and supervises the work of subordinate staff as required;
•Drafts SOPs, circulars, budget proposals and other official correspondence in own area of work for review by the Supervisor;
•Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. 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.
•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting, or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

1. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in budget, finance, administration, and business administration is required.
2. Progressively responsible experience with corporate budgeting is required.
3. Progressively responsible experience in monitoring and managing budget through an ERP system (e.g. SAP) is required.
4. Knowledge and experience in Business Intelligence (BI) reporting is required.
5. Demonstrated experience in the application of IPSAS in budgeting and financial management is desirable.
6. Progressively responsible experience in managing extra budgetary and cost recovery resources is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates will include assessment(s) and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

•Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

•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.

•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.

•For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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No Fee

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