Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Administrative and Finance Officer, P2
Department/Office: Convention to Combat Desertification
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 14 November 2021 - 13 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 168571
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention seeks to support countries to address Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought (DLDD). (www.unccd.int )

The G20 (or Group of Twenty) is the annual international forum for the governments from 19 industrialized countries and the European Union (EU). Collectively, the G20 economies account for around 90 percent of the gross world product (GWP), 75 percent of world trade, two-thirds of the world population, and approximately half of the world’s land area. In 2020, Saudi Araba held the rotating Presidency of the G20. The G20 Leaders’ Declaration, issued on Sunday, 22 November 2020, launched a "Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats”. Building on existing initiatives and on a voluntary basis, the G20 countries share the ambition to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the amount of degraded land by 2040.

The Global Initiative (GI) with oversight from UNCCD, will focus on capacity building, engaging the private sector and civil society and showcasing success. The Director, under the oversight of the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, manages the Initiative Coordination Office (ICO). The Admin and Finance Officer is located in the Initiative Coordination Office (ICO) and reports directly to the Director.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETING
- Act as certifying officer within delegated authority for designated programmes/projects and ensures effective and efficient use of the initiative’s resources.
- Administer and monitor budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
- Assist in monitoring the effective and efficient use of project resources, reviewing and assisting in finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
- Assist in the preparation of financial reports.

2. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
- Assist in identifying and introducing improvements to administrative and financial procedures, systems and practices in close coordination and collaboration with Administrative section of UNCCD.
- Assist in facilitating recruitment of personnel (staff and non-staff), as well as contracting and procurement actions as needed, for efficient and effective delivery in collaboration with HR of UNCCD.
- Assist in preparing regular and ad hoc status reports on administrative matters as and when required.

3.OTHER DUTIES
- Keep up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to the Initiative’s Coordination Office Programmes and Projects.
- Perform other related administrative duties, as required (e.g., operational travel programme, monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services, physical space planning and the identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems).
- Perform any other job-related activity required to achieve the goals and objectives of the Global Initiative and its office.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of administrative, budgetary and financial policies and procedures. Ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, 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

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in business, public administration, management, finance, accounting or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in business, public administration, management, finance, accounting or related field is required, in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university.
A professional certification e.g., Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Chartered Accountant is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in administration, finance, accounting, human resources management or related area is required.

Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning systems such as SAP is required.

Experience with Business Intelligence Tools is desirable

Experience preparing financial, HR and administrative reports, analysis and information documents to donors, management and governing bodies is desirable

Languages

For this position, fluency in English language is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage

Assessment

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

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.

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No Fee

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