Job Opening

Posting Title: Financial Information Officer, P3
Job Code Title: FINANCIAL INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 July 2021 - 10 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Finance-DMSPC OPPFB-156814-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Business Application Support (BAS) team, Finance Risk Management Service (FRMS), Office of the Programme Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB) of Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).

The BAS team serves Treasury of the United Nations. The financial Information Officer reports to the team lead.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Financial Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

- Provides business analysis and technical direction for planning, implementing and supporting Treasury business processes and financial information systems, in particular SWIFT, EastNets (SideDb), Exchange rates, daily bank monitoring, BI reporting, interfaces between SWIFT Network (using SWIFT Alliance and SWIFT FileAct) and Umoja (UN’s ERP system) including but not limited to the bank statements load and payment instructions load: in PACS 08 and PAIN01 (ISO 20022 format) as well as in FIN format.

- Analyzes industry best practice in business processes, and design and manage the implementation of new methods of work with departmental or organizational scope that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations;

- Evaluates existing systems and identify the need for new systems (or modifications to existing systems); selects options for solving system and workflow problems and proposes the most suitable solutions based upon functional and economic considerations;

- Plans, supervises and participates in all phases of the systems development lifecycle for Treasury applications, through the negotiation and development of design change documentation;

- Negotiating with Users and the technical teams to enable their completion; specifying test plans and testing methodologies; undertaking and supervising the various phases in the testing lifecycle, and authorizing the migration of changes through the development cycle;

- Provides day-to-day problem solving services for complex Treasury issues to clients; document system problems and prioritize them; identifies problems and irregularities in Treasury operations and completed transactions, resolving them in a timely and effective manner; where data has been corrupted, to propose resolutions and data fixes following best practice; writes work procedures for systems and/or specific business events;

- Creates complex ad-hoc reports and performs data analysis using SQL database applications; proposes improvements to existing systems and standard reports based upon user demand;

Competencies

Professionalism: Proven conceptual analytical, and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations; A complete, in-depth grasp of financial and budgetary principles and practices with a specific focus on providing financial systems solutions; Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally. Ability to prepare financial reports, formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations; Tact in negotiating skills; good judgement and decision-making 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, finance, information technology or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A combination of Finance degree with the focus on Information Technology Systems is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in finance, accounting, budget or business administration, information systems management or a related area is required.
Experience in planning, implementation and support of financial systems is required.
Experience in programming in one of the main scripting languages PHP, Perl, VB, or any other similar programing language is required.
Experience in finance systems analysis and development is desirable.
Experience in web, database and server technologies used in deploying systems is desirable.
Experience in report writing using tools like BI is desirable.
Experience in supporting SWIFT or similar payment system is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This post This post is financed by extra budget. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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

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.

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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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.

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No Fee

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