Job Opening

Posting Title: Head Programme Budget Section, 18
Job Code Title: Head Programme Budget Section
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 14 November 2021 - 27 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNRWA-166980-R- (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Head, Programme Budget Section reports to the Chief, Budget Division and works closely with the Deputy Chief, Budget Division


- Coordinates the formulation of the biennial and annual operational programmes budgets, including the annual fascicle budget (funded by assessed contributions); provides management with forecasts and past performance reports; consults with managers regarding current and future levels of funding of activities; takes a lead role in the timely and accurate preparation of the Agency's Budgets (Capital, Expense and Cash), Blue Book and Fascicle in accordance with statutory and policy requirements; ensures compliance with IPSAS Standards and provides budgetary support services to HQ Departments and Field Directors;

- Monitors the implementation of budgets, recommends reprogramming, coordinates and conducts necessary consultations with concerned offices, supervises the quarterly review and analysis of expenditures to identify changing patterns; formulates financial systems and procedures to monitor expenditures and control of the Regular Budget;

- Reviews biennial and annual operational budget estimates and subsequent adjustments to ensure conformity with Agency instructions, policies and planning and budgeting assumptions; participates in budget hearings; assists and guides Field and HQ staff in the preparation of their submissions and in drafting necessary texts and annexes;

- Supervises the establishment, review and amendment of quantitative and monetary standards for the Agency’s budget, including staff costs to which standards can reasonably be applied in co-ordination with functional departments and norms;

- Plays an active role in the preparation of the Financial Technical Instructions; updates the Budget Technical Instructions; supervises reviews, adjustments and updates of the budget standard prices; estimates financial implications of proposed, new or revised standard costs and advises management thereof;

- Conducts Agency-wide analytical studies on various programmes and/or Fields, including studies on the costs of possible variations and scenarios in each programme and/or Fields; also, conducts analytical studies on reforms, and restructures;

- Prepares replies to internal and external audit observations relating to Programmes and Support services budgets.


UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.

- Thorough knowledge of the budgeting framework, computerized finance, budget and procurement systems;
- Ability to develop and implement appropriate technical solutions and concepts;
- Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with staff and clients of the Finance Department, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and in multiple locations;
- Demonstrated analytical and management skills;
- Ability to take initiative, coordinate and integrate multiple inputs to generate common approaches or frameworks;
- Excellent writing skills;
- Leading and supervising;
- Deciding and initiating actions.


- An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in business administration or a related field, including a course in accountancy;

- Membership in an officially recognised accounting body (Desirable).

Work Experience

At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience.

At least four years of relevant experience at a supervisory level with an emphasis on cost accounting and budgeting.

Extensive practical experience with computerized finance systems (Desirable).

High accuracy and flexibility (Desirable).

Experience in an international organization (Desirable).


Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.


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

Special Notice

Type of Contract: Fixed Term Appointment for 3 years including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.

The incumbent may be required to travel in the UNRWA’s area of operations.

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Jordan with authorization to work in the duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in Jordan, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.

Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.


When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Director of Human Resources may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and progressive relevant work experience.

NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.

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United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, 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. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work 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.

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