Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, PAYROLL, P4
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, FINANCE
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: NAIROBI; NAIROBI;
Posting Period: 07 April 2020 - 21 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Finance-UNON-132814-R-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the respective office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services (www.unon.org). This position is in the Finance Section within the Budget and Financial Management Service of the United Nations Office in Nairobi. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Accounts with a dual reporting line to the Chief, Staff Pay and Benefits Section within the Human Resource Management Service. The Chief of the Payroll Unit is responsible overseeing the processing payroll payments and other staff benefits for staff administered by the United Nations Office in Nairobi.

Responsibilities

1. Manages a complete multicurrency Payroll financial operation, encompassing a wide variety of funding cases, currencies, a large value of transactions, and extensive dispersed activities.
2. Approves/Confirms that proposed Payroll processing is in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the UN as well as relevant Payroll Procedures.
3. Analyses accounts, reviews/prepares regular Payroll financial reports.
4. Proposes/implements solutions with respect to problem transactions and irregularities.
5. Ensures that accurate and complete Payroll processing, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
6.Prepares monthly Payroll reports confirming accuracy of Payroll processing.
7. Responds to internal/external audit observations.
8. Provides substantive support to ensure timely completion and submission of separation-related documentation for pension and insurance purposes.
9. Takes initiative to improve accounting processes and approaches.
10. Provides data for the preparation of year-end performance reports.
11. Guides, trains and supervises staff in the function.
12. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of processing of multi-currency payroll. Knowledge of accounting principles, procedures and standards. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. 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.

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.

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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, finance, accounting or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, finance, budget, administration, or related area is required.
At least three (3) years of working experience in multi-currency payroll processing is desirable.
Experience in developing internal controls applicable to multi-currency payroll reconciliation is desirable.
Experience in processing global adjustments applicable to periodic benefits of a large multicurrency benefit scheme is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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 is 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 28 February 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, 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, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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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.

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