Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 26 February 2021 - 27 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Finance-UNLB-150760-R-Brindisi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Logistics, and Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies Services and Training to all Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions around the world.

This position is located within the Central Service, Finance and Budget Unit of UNGSC, Brindisi, Italy.

The incumbent will report to the Chief Finance and Budget Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Finance and Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Prepares cost estimates and budget proposals in terms of the UNGSC's resourcing requirements such as staff and non-staff requirements, including programmatic aspects; reviews, analyses and revises data with respect to the finalisation of the budget proposals as well as the results-based-budgeting (RBB) framework.
•Provides support to programme/fund centre managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Administers and monitors extrabudgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
•Administers the UNGSC's allotments in accordance with the established procedures including redeployment/reallocation of funds.
•Ensures the efficient and effective use of budgetary resources through robust monitoring of budget utilisation to the approved budget and timely provision of information to the UNGSC's management for decision making; Provides support and guidance to fund centre/programme managers on budget implementation and corrective actions where necessary.
•Prepares the budget performance report of the UNGSC and ensures that correct and accurate data and information are provided by the various programme/fund centre managers in compliance with the Controller's instructions. Reviews and finalises the performance reports ensuring valid and adequate variance explanations between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
•Analyses complex/unusual accounting transactions and open items in the accounting system and implement corrective actions.
•Reviews and reconciles various clearing accounts, investigates erroneous/invalid entries and takes appropriate corrective accounting action.
•Advises and ensures that only valid unliquidated commitments at the end of the budget period in accordance with the established criteria by Finance Division, OPPFB, are valid for carrying forward to the subsequent budget period.
•Reviews and verifies that appropriate relevant supporting documents have been provided for the processing of payments for goods and services received.
•Supports to the finalisation of annual financial statements for the UNGSC in compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
•Makes the accounting entries for the strategic deployment stocks (SDS) to record income for the items shipped in accordance with Finance Division's SDS Accounting Guidelines.
•Performs a cost recovery for service delivery through the established cost recovery funds in accordance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and the Controller's instructions.
•Performs the financial accounting for fixed assets to approve and post fixed assets financial date to the financial statements under the delegation of authority of the Controller.
•Provides advice, financial interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to internal and external audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars under the supervision/guidance of the Chief Finance and Budget Officer.
•In the absence of the Chief Finance and Budget Officer, oversees the daily operation of the Unit as an Officer-in-Charge.
•Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Experience in financial and budgetary principles and practices. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches to financial and budgetary matters. Ability to ensure effective and efficient financial management and the exercise of economy. 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in finance,administration, budget, business administration or related area is required
Experience in compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is required
Experience in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) such as SAP in the area of financial management is required.
Experience in the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations or similar international organization is desirable.
At least one (1) year of experience in working in United Nations common system field operations (peacekeeping missions, special political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes), or similar international organisation or non-governmental organisation is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in oral and written English is required.


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by himor 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.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of
the funds.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

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