Finance Assistant

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

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You are invited to join a team of dedicated development professionals whose primary role is to support the Philippines to achieve the 2030 Agenda.  As part of the UNDP team your focus will be to work with multiple stakeholders to find the country specific solutions that lead to the eradication of poverty and to ensure no one is left behind - and we reach those furthest behind first.


You will be confronted with diverse development challenges, including addressing   basic   development   needs, supporting institutional   transformations   to enable   sustainable   development, and enabling rapid recovery from shocks, crises and conflicts by strengthening development pathways.   These development challenges are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, they often coexist, requiring tailored integrated solutions that can adequately address specific deficits and barriers. 


We place a premium on national ownership in the analysis, design and implementation of solutions, as well as a partnership-based approach to leverage the range of skills and resources needed – public and private.  We work closely with all stakeholders in society to find innovative solutions to old development problems. 


UNDP is looking for individuals who have the analytical, planning and implementation capacities that can address links, choices and connections across many issues and sectors.  We seek individuals who can apply global best practice to national contexts. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to making a positive contribution to Development in the Philippines. 


Under the guidance and supervision Finance Analyst, the Finance Assistant provides financial services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Finance Assistant promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.


The Finance Assistant works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the Country Office (CO) and with other UN agencies to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

Summary of key functions:


  • Implementation of operational and financial management strategies
  • Functioning of cost-recovery system
  • Finance Support to UN Agencies
  • Coordination with GSSU and UN Agencies
  • Support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing.


  • Full compliance of financial processes and financial records with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies.
  • Input to the CO business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Finance in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.


  • Provision of inputs for preparation of cost-recovery bills in Atlas for the services provided by UNDP, follow up on cost recovery.


  • Proper control of the supporting documents for payments of UN agencies; preparation of documentation for GSSU vouchers processing and on-behalf of UN Atlas and non-Atlas Agencies;
  • Proper receipting of goods and services and establishment of accruals.
  • Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas; travel claims, entitlements are duly processed
  • Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers.
  • Timely processing of payment vouchers and sending of remittance advice to UN agencies
  • Ensure Financial Authorization are received by the CO before processing of payments and follow-up agency for non-receipt
  • Coordinate the creation of vendor profiles and resolution of budget errors between GSSU and UN Agenciess


  • Participation in online and in person training for operations/project staff on administration.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations



Ability to persuade others to follow

Proactively identifies new opportunities and challenges


People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Takes ownership of responsibilities



Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity



Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services;    



Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work



  • Secondary Education or bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration.
  • UNDP Accounting & Finance Test required


  • 2 years of relevant experience with bachelor's degree.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems. Experience with ERP financials, preferably PeopleSoft, desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable


  • Non-Smoking environment


UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staffs and encourages. Further, UNDP is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNDP staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside.

UNDP has zero tolerance of harassment, discrimination, sexual abuse, abuse of authority and exploitation.

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To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNDP Personal History Form. Please note that UNDP only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through will be considered and applications received after closing date will not be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNDP Philippines vacancies, only applicants short-listed for written test and interview will be contacted.

General Information

UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staffs and encourages applications from qualified candidates and persons with disabilities.

UNDP is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNDP staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNDP jobs.


UNDP has zero tolerance of sexual abuse, abuse of authority and exploitation.

 Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Contract Duration: 6 months

This vacancy is archived.

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