Finance Manager - Global Shared Services Center

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 08 October 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

UNDP as an integral part of its mission to fight poverty and improve the lives of people around the world, is committed to being open, transparent and accountable. As part of this commitment, UNDP adopted International Public-Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), and established a Global Shared Service Centre (GSSC) to provide IPSAS transactional recording (in the areas of revenue, expenses and fixed assets), procurement, advisory and support services to UNDP Offices worldwide, and to provide training to UNDP Offices where needed.

The Global Shared Services Unit (GSSU) within the Bureau for Management Services (BMS) supports all UNDP offices and units with the provision of transactional services. This includes a core set of transactions in Finance and HR that are already being handled by the Global Shared Service Unit (GSSU) in Kuala Lumpur. The GSSU is led by the Director of Office of Operations, Legal & Technology Services (OOLTS), who reports to the Director of Bureau for Management Services (BMS).

The Finance Manager, Global Shared Service Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the functional lead for Finance in the transaction centre and reports directly to the Director, GSSU. The transactions unit will provide regular data as agreed to OFRM to support the provision of advisory services and policy development. 

Under the supervision of the Director of the GSSU, the Finance Manager of the GSSC will on a day-to-day manage the Business Services in the Base Structure; monitor client relationships and services provided to clients; and provide support to the Director in the oversight and guidance of the financial, accounting and procurement functions (Revenue and Treasury accounting, Procure to Pay, Record to Report), especially to those teams with high portfolio workloads and/or complexities.


  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support
  • Ability to apply a systematic approach to adapt, control and effect change
  • Ability to understand advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines (fixed income, foreign exchange and other treasury products in global financial markets; knowledge of accounts receivable management) 
  • Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.
  • Ability to promote a culture of accountability and ensures compliance with organizational standards for audit, monitoring and evaluations and results-based management. 
  • Ability to design management systems Knowledge of management systems and the ability to carry out research into existing systems to identify best practice and make recommendations.
  • Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency



  • Advanced (Masters) University Degree in Finance or Accounting and/or a professional accounting qualification from an internationally accredited institute of accountancy. 
  • Those with professional quaifications from an internationally accredited institute of  accountancy  will have a distinct advantage;
  • UNDP Advanced Accountancy & Finance Test Certification is required.

Work Experience

  • 10 years of relevant experience in providing financial management advisory services and/or managing staff and operational systems;
  • 5 or more years of senior management responsibilities with similar experience and complexity;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages. Experience in handling of web based management systems and ERP financials, preferably PeopleSoft, and Client Relationship Management (CRM) applications;
  • Experience of IPSAS and/or IFRS is required for external candidates;
  • Previous experience with UNDP preferred and good knowledge of UNDP rules and procedures is desirable.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English required.


Qualifed female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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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.

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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: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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