Job Opening

Posting Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 04 September 2019 - 10 September 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Finance-UN-HABITAT-122797-J-Nairobi (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This position is located in the Management and Operations Division of UN-Habitat at the Nairobi duty station. Under the general guidance of the Programme Management Officer; the incumbent contributes to effective budget formulation/preparation, implementation, monitoring and safeguarding of the financial resources of the Organization by providing specialized assistance to more senior staff in the assigned areas of responsibility. The Finance & Budget Assistant reports to the Programme Management Officer in the Management and Operations Division of UN-Habitat and provides grant financial management services to offices/units.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Budget:
•Assists in the preparation of supporting documents (narrative and supporting tables) with respect to finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.•Supports the Programme Management Officer in extracting information and generating expenditure reports from computerized information system databases; assists in preliminary analyses of the extracted information and the reports generated, and highlights areas of concern for the attention of the Programme Management Officer. •Assists in the development of resource requirements for budget submissions and in the preparation of budget performance submissions.•Researches/compiles data and other information required by the Programme Management Officer in the review and analysis of relevant proposals.

•Consolidates data and provides support to Programme Management Officer with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies. •Assists the Programme Management Officer in the preparation/finalization of budget performance reports, performing preliminary analysis of variances between approved budgets or donor agreements and actual expenditures. •Prepares pre-encumbrances and obligations in UMOJA and review them to ensure that funds are available and the correct account has been used and funds are sufficient to cover the costs.•Assists in the financial backstopping of trust funds, including monitoring the status of voluntary contributions, generating expenditure reports from UMOJA/IMIS and monitoring reporting requirements by donors. •Assists the Programme Management Officer in the issuance of allotments and related staffing table authorizations.
•Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued and cash availability in the Grant and compliance with the donors agreements •Review outstanding commitments including the advances and expenditures reporting by implementing partners and ensure payments / liquidation, service entry sheet are raised in time and close unused balances on timely manner. •Support Programme Management Officers in year-end closing data cleansing and Grant final closing activities. Claims:•Verifies and prepares less complex payments to third parties, commercial entities, and individuals, with respect to settlement of certified death and disability, stores, pay and allowances, payroll computation, and others.
Treasury:
•Reviews incoming payment instructions with regard to banking details and sources of funds and charged against correct commitment documents. •Prepares payments for final disbursement by UNON •Creates receipts and deposits for all incoming funds. •Notifies payees of status of payments.•Assists staff members, Programme Management Officer and donors regarding queries on
payment and deposit-related issues. •Identifies and annotates bank account movements. •Files and archives documentation as required.
General:
•Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.•Drafts routine correspondence with respect to enquiries related to relevant financial and budget matters.
•Maintains and keep up-to-date files.•Provides administrative support to the Head of the organizational unit and/or Programme Management Officer as required.•Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Ability to maintain accurate records, review and interpret a wide variety of data. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Planning& 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.

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

Education

High school diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for six (6) months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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No Fee

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