Job Opening

Posting Title: FINANCE OFFICER, P4
Department/Office: Regional Service Centre at Entebbe
Duty Station: ENTEBBE
Posting Period: 29 November 2018 - 12 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Finance-RSCE-107113-F-Entebbe (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Internal Controls Unit of the United Nations Regional Service Centre, Entebbe (UN RSCE), and the incumbent reports to the Service Delivery Manager, Financial Services and Compliance Monitoring


Within the delegated authority, the Finance Officer is responsible for the following duties:

• Provide advice, financial interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars;
• Ensure that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained;
• Manage a unit within Finance Section, encompassing several funding sources, large volume of transactions, and extensive dispersed activities;
• Monitor that proposed obligations or disbursements for services, supplies and equipment, as well as those pertaining to personnel, are in accordance with UN Financial Regulations and Rules, relevant appropriations and staffing tables and corresponding approved allotments;
• Analyze and review monthly financial statements prior to submission to UN Headquarters (UNHQ) to ensure correctness and completeness of the financial statements;
• Review and verify that bank reconciliations are completed on a monthly basis for all RSCE managed bank accounts;
• Review payments, advances and interoffice charges on the basis of proper supporting vouchers and other documents which indicate that the goods and services have been received;
• Prepare monthly cash projections. Verify periodic cash counts from the Cashier’s imprest or other petty cash funds for submission in monthly reporting;
• Prepare responses to internal/external audit observations;
• Produce major/complex, and ad hoc financial reports for management purposes;
• Take initiative to improve accounting processes and controls.
• Participate in the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System;
• Act as board member in property survey boards, local committee of contracts, or any other local boards as directed by the Service Delivery Manager.
• Manage the staff under his/her supervision and evaluate and monitor their performance;
• Perform other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Effectiveness in implementing accounting policies, procedures and new programs; ability to provide seasoned effective specialized advice in a broad range of financial, areas to Head of Office/Mission, and to Headquarters and senior mission staff; ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports or rationale with respect to key logistic and administrative decisions; strong negotiation and conflict-resolution skills. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility of delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;Uses time efficiently

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in finance, business administration, accounting, economics or other finance related discipline is required. A first level university degree in the above-mentioned fields with a combination of relevant academic qualifications (certification/training in finance/Accountancy) and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional certification/accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant or by a similar professional body is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in Accounting and Financial reporting, finance, including significant responsibilities in the management of financial resources and reporting thereof required. Knowledge of internal control systems is required. Experience in the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, specifically Umoja (SAP) is desirable. Experience in applying International Accounting Standards such as IPSAS, IFRS or similar accruals based accounting standards to financial reporting is also desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, Fluency in English is required. A working knowledge of French is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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