Job Opening

Posting Title: Inter-Agency Officer, Finance & Budget, P4
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: Chief Executives Board
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 September 2019 - 10 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Finance-CEB-122576-R-Geneva (G)
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 secretariat of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), the highest inter-agency body for coordination in the UN system. The CEB secretariat supports the work of the CEB and its High-level Committees on Management (HLCM) and on Programmes (HLCP). The secretariat is co-located in Geneva and New York and is headed by a Director, who reports to the Secretary-General, who is the Chairman of CEB. The Inter-Agency Officer, Finance and Budget Network, reports to the Secretary of High-Level Committees on Management and is based in Geneva. (Further information is available at http://www.unsceb.org).

Responsibilities

Under the overall authority of the Secretary of the High Level Committee on Management/Director of the CEB Secretariat Office in Geneva, and within delegated authority, the Inter-Agency Officer, Finance and Budget (FB) Network, will be responsible for the following duties:

• Assists the Director of the CEB Secretariat/Geneva in the financial management of the Office, as well as in the drafting of the CEB Secretariat's proposed programme budgets, in the monitoring of programme delivery and in the financial control over extra-budgetary activities originating from mandates of HLCM and its Networks.
• Follows up and supports the budget and finance segment of the work of HLCM, including identifying and proposing cross cutting/inter-agency issues for discussions of HLCM; developing and planning inter-agency initiatives/projects; refining scope of projects; setting deliverable and timelines; supporting lead agencies on projects; following up and ensuring timely completion of all inputs.
• Coordinates relations and facilitates exchanges among members of the FB Network and other key contacts at operational and management levels in organizations of the UN System.
• Organizes and serves as secretary of FB Network meetings including preparation of agenda, documentation and meeting reports.
• Plans, implements and reports on specific inter-agency budget and finance studies/projects as mandated by CEB, HLCM or the FB Network on subjects such as budgeting methods, accounting standards, audit-related matters, treasury, as well as consolidated system-wide statistical reports on budgets, expenditures, regular and voluntary contributions, and other documentation on budget and finance matters.
• Is directly responsible for the activities related to the management of the CEB Financial Statistics database, including the collection, validation and reporting of financial data from the UN system organizations.
• Coordinates the activities and proposes improvements related to the further development of the CEB Data Management Platform that hosts the financial database and the publication of corresponding data and information on the CEB website and other fora.
• Keeps abreast of developments in the field of budget and finance and makes recommendations for reviews of existing policies and procedures and for the launch of new initiatives and studies.
• Keeps under review cost-sharing arrangements for inter-agency and jointly-financed activities; reviews and makes recommendations to high-level committees on the budget proposals for these activities.
• Updates content on the FB Network and CEB website reflecting the latest developments and accomplishments, and ensures relevant reference materials are made available to the FB Network community.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources in an organization of the UN system. Ability to develop budgetary and financial policies and procedures. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches to financial and/or budgetary matters. Knowledge and understanding of the functioning of organizations of the UN system and of CEB and its high-level committees; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Knowledge in operation of digital financial systems and ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning). Good understanding of the broader political, economic and social climate within which the organizations of the UN system operate; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Shows pride in work and in 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.

Communication:
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Judgement/Decision-making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with at least two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in budgeting and financial management systems, out of which at least four (4) years must be in the UN system.
Experience facilitating inter-agency or inter-governmental consultations is desirable.
Experience in drafting analytical reports and policy briefings is desirable.
Experience in providing policy advice to senior officials/managers is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French or another United Nations offical language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This job opening is advertised to fill a temporary vacant position during the absence of the regular incumbent for a period of one year or longer. The regular incumbent is entitled to return to this position at the expiry of the temporary vacancy period. If the regular incumbent exercises the right to return, the appointment or temporary assignment or promotion of the candidate selected for this job opening will not be renewed or extended.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

No Fee

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