Finance Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 22 July 2022
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The Department of Finance's objectives are to support Country Offices, Regional Offices and Headquarters in all financial matters to ensure precise and timely services to colleagues throughout the Organization, including hosted entities. Financial services include Treasury, investments, Staff Health Insurance, pension and other insurances. To set financial policy, issue annual financial statements and manage WHO external audit; to maintain transparency, accountability and trust in WHO by all stakeholders. To provide the best customer service possible, facilitating access to benefit entitlements for the WHO family worldwide and efficient processing of all related benefits using innovative technology.


The incumbent's duties are:

Monitor and analyze global, regional and country level financial management (based on reported financial information and audit reports) to identify anomalies and exceptions and follow up where further involvement is required.

Recommendย and formulateย policy revisions and adjustments relating to global, regional, and country level recording of expenditure, as needed; Oversee and participate in the preparation of performance monitoring reports for expenditure, including DFC, DI, GLOA and Imprest monitoring reports; Identify trends and exceptions from expenditure analysis reports where further follow up is required, ensure exceptions are corrected.

Analyze expenditure to identify miscoding; coordinate expenditure corrections within the APR team and in collaboration with GFI/AP and GPL to ensure correct financial records.

Provide authoritative guidance and address requests received from budget and finance and programme staff in HQ technical units and regional/ country offices on the application of expenditure policies and procedures, and audit requests.

Issue and update global SOPs, templates, and other documentation related to DFC, DI, Imprest WHO Grant LOAs and other areas as required.

Assist with the development of standard training materials and provide training. In respect of all the above, provide support to BFOs to improve country financial management, intervening in conjunction with the Regional Office where specific problems are identified.

Participate actively in the design, implementation, and ongoing development of corporate systems, including the ERP, including defining processes, testing, etc. Back-up CRC secretary during absences.

Other tasks as assigned by supervisor. Duties may involve travel.



Essential: Advanced level University degree in financial management, accounting, business administration or another closely related field. Professional accounting qualification such as CA, CPA, ACCA or other equivalent qualification.


Essential: At least 7 years' experience with relevant financial management responsibility, including some field/country-based experience. ERP experience essential.
Desirable: Experience of the United Nations system and previous working experience in international organizations.


Demonstrates managerial, supervisory and leadership skills. Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of international accounting and financial management. Expert knowledge of the P-2-P and cash management business processes. Very good knowledge of and skills in the use of integrated IT accounting systems (e.g. Oracle, SAP, Workday). Integrity, tact, discretion, and ability to recommend and interpret administrative and financial policies and systems and establish and maintain effective working relationships within a team with multi-cultural backgrounds in a multi-disciplinary management service environment. Ability to effectively work with a global network of finance professionals. Very good working knowledge of IFRS and/or IPSAS. Proven writing and oral communications skills. Strong ability to analyze financial data and trends and produce reports.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 75,602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4498 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.






This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. A written test may be used as a form of screening. In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply. For information on WHO's operations please visit: WHO is committed to workforce diversity. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice. WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates. WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco. WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

This vacancy is archived.

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