Finance Associate

Tags: finance UNDP Russian Spanish Environment
  • Added Date: Friday, 29 April 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 19 May 2022
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REPORTS TO: Chief Financial & Administration Officer

TEAM: Finance & Administration

GRADE: E - Associate

LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden or GWP regional network

SALARY : โ‚ฌ2,792 - โ‚ฌ3,135 net monthly plus a good benefits package.

DEADLINE: 19 May 2022, 23:59 CET


The global team is comprised of a dynamic group of 40+ staff who work to support GWPโ€™s Regional Water Partnerships, Country Water Partnerships, and institutional partners, as well as all GWPโ€™s stakeholders. GWPO is Implementing Partner for Cap-Net UNDP, a knowledge Network.

The global teamโ€™s financial management services are a critical element of the Networksโ€™ architecture, ensuring that global and regional development partners can contribute financially โ€“ through GWP - to activities on the ground, while being able to trust in our transparent, auditable, and reliable financial management practices and processes. Across our regional and country teams, we have built excellence in financial management through combining capacity building with accreditation, and we continuously invest in and sustain good practice and knowledge sharing across our partner organisations. We are now looking to identify a dynamic and innovative Finance Associate who will, as part of the Global Secretariatโ€™s small but high-powered Finance & Administration Team, help us further sustain, strengthen, and build the financial management systems and practices across our Network of partners.


The Finance Associate ensures high quality, accurate, and timely accounting, reporting, and execution of payments to the networks, suppliers, partners, consultants, and staff.

Accounting & Payments

  • Check and process supplier invoices, travel claims, and reimbursables for approval
  • Release approved supplier invoices and claims for payment
  • Register vouchers in the accounting system and prepare accounting entries for processing
  • Update the currency rates table monthly, per diem rates and travel claim templates bi-annually
  • Continuously improve administrative and financial routines within the Finance team
  • Support the annual closing and audit: providing auditors with annual financial reports and information as requested; follow up on any issues raised in the audit reports.
  • Support the Finance team in consolidating supporting documents of the regional costs e.g., invoices of regional IT costs
  • Send payment confirmation to the networks
  • Backstop other members of the Finance & Admin team

Financial Reporting

  • Participate in the planning and execution of timely monthly reconciliations
  • Assist with preparations of monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Consolidate quarterly project reports and update liquidity & budget follow-up reports
  • Quality assure timely financial reporting and follow-up on discrepancies
  • Prepare and submit quarterly VAT reports
  • Keep updated user manuals of the accounting systems (Ascendo and NAV)
  • Ensure filing and archiving of accounting documents
  • Other duties, as assigned by the CFAO

Procurement focal point

  • Provide guidance and advice on procurement process and procedures
  • Ensure procurement processes and procedures are adhered to; reviewing and updating procurement templates and procurement guidance documents
  • Ensure that the procurement evaluation and implementation deadlines are met
  • Draft contract documents and support the contracting process, in coordination with Legal; establish and maintain workplans and schedule for ongoing and new contracts
  • In liaison with CFAO and Legal, oversee adherence to contractual agreements, recommend amendments and extension of contracts, and advise concerned parties on contractual rights and obligations
  • Negotiate, within the terms and conditions of the contract, solutions to conflicts/problems arising in case of poor performance or non-compliance with contractual obligations
  • Manage the procurement inbox and e-procurement platform, ensuring timely responses to bidder inquiries


  • A university degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance
  • Minimum 3 yearsโ€™ experience in finance/accounting, preferably in an international working environment
  • Good familiarity with accounting systems and knowledge of NAV and Ascendo an advantage
  • Proficient in MS 365 Office with advanced skills in Excel
  • Conscientious, socially skilled, and service-minded attitude as well as high attention to detail and numerical accuracy
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task
  • Committed to meeting deadlines and good quality of work
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Working knowledge of Swedish is required


  • Professionalism: Strong service orientation. Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity. Demonstrates self-development and initiative-taking. Experience from and ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance. Ability to exercise good judgement, discretion, and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  • Planning and Organising: Excellent organisational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to details and ability to prioritise work among competing demands under tight deadlines. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment where adaptability is essential.
  • E-literacy: Excellent e-skills, including the ability to use modern office technology and related software. Practical knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software is required. Ability to do internet research, compile information and find solutions online to information gaps is essential.
  • Teamwork: Support colleagues, contribute to team culture, and share responsibility for decision-making and results. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility. Ability to deliver timely and high-quality products. Ability to work effectively and harmoniously at all levels.
  • Languages: French and Spanish are an advantage, Chinese, Russian, Arabic โ€“ can be useful.
  • Personal: A sense of humor. Love for nature, its beauty, and its resources. Willingness to 'get the job doneโ€™ with a positive attitude to take on a wide range of tasks.
  • Learning: Actively contribute to building a learning culture by modeling good learning practices and supporting others in doing so.

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