UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR*)*
INTERNAL / EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Vacancy Notice No. 10/2020
Title of the Post
Senior Finance Associate
General Service, G7
Type of contract
RBAP, Bangkok, Thailand
Date of Issue
18 February 2020
Effective date of assignment
As soon as possible
03 March 2020
The Senior Finance Associate is supervised by the Finance Officer who defines general work objectives and provides necessary advice and guidance. The incumbent also refers to UNHCR Manuals and relevant policy papers on financial issues. The incumbent works quite independently on regular assignments with an oversight from the supervisor. The incumbent assists with the processing of financial transactions. S/he keeps frequent contact with staff at various levels in the office and with bank officials to exchange information. The incumbent normally supervises some support staff.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
Accountability (key results that will be achieved)
Financial transactions and reconciliations are processed in line with relevant policies and procedures.
A smooth operational work is ensured through timely payments, cash replenishment and monitoring of expenditure and budget balance.
Financial reports are provided as per financial guidelines and when required.
Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)
Maintain ledgers and accounting records for classification and recording of financial transactions and for the reconciliation of accounts and preparation of recurring or special reports.
Ensure timely and accurate calculation and payment of salaries, allowances, travel claims and other payments to staff members, experts and consultants, vendors and other claimants.
Contribute to the preparation and processing of monthly accounts.
Prepare financial data for budget estimates and financial planning.
Ensure reconciliation of cash books with bank statements.
Maintain liaison with officials of local banks and financial institutions to obtain day-to-day information on exchange and interest rates, changes in procedures and regulations, and matters pertaining to maintenance of office bank accounts.
Assist higher-level officers in all aspects of accounts maintenance and budget control by providing reports on financial status, procedures, exchange rates, costs and expenditures and potential funding problems.
Perform other related duties as required.
Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
Verify that the financial transactions are correct and in accordance with UNHCR rules and procedures.
Prepare financial reports as required.
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:
Completion of secondary education with post-secondary training/certificate in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related fields.
Minimum of 11 years of relevant work experience. If the applicant holds a completed university degree (which is not required for this position), the number of years of university education may be considered equal to the same number of years of work experience in reviewing the number of years of experience required for the post, provided that the degree has been completed and is directly relevant to the position. The period of university level education shall count for no more than 50% of the required work experience and is only to be considered when comparing external candidates.
High level of IT affinity (MS Office applications, People Soft).
Fluency in English and Thai.
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
Knowledge and work experience of MSRP Finance applications.
Good knowledge of UN/UNHCR Financial rules and procedures.
Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to the functions of the position.
Working knowledge of another relevant UN language.
Planning and Organizing
Internal candidates: Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June 2012). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.
An applicant who has internal status is a staff member holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in any duty station in the country. Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation (if such criteria are not met, former staff members can still apply as external candidates).
External candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org
Submission of Applications:
If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your letter of motivation, signed Personal History Form by e-mail clearly stating the position title, vacancy notice number and your Last Name in the subject line to RBAPHR@UNHCR.ORG by the closing date.
The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet can be downloaded from: https://www.unhcr.or.th/sites/default/files/u11/P11_UNHCR.docm and
No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).
UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
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