Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Finance and Budget Assistant, G7
Job Code Title: Senior Finance and Budget Assistant
Department/Office: Office of Internal Oversight Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 December 2021 - 15 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Finance-OIOS-170969-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Executive Office of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in New York. The Finance and Budget Assistant will report to the Finance and Budget Officer. OIOS is an independent office reporting to the Secretary-General and to the General Assembly. It comprises of three pillars, the Internal Audit Division (IAD), the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) and the Investigations Division (ID) with a staff presence in Headquarters, Offices Away from Headquarters and in Peacekeeping Missions.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Budget:
• Prepares reports for senior management on organisational need and requirements for reporting and analysis; drafts responses on budget and finance matters to legislative bodies
• Prepares and cleanses large data sets from primary and secondary data systems
• Acts as travel focal point providing guidance on travel policies and troubleshooting travel requests in Umoja; reviews and certifies travel requests and travel expense reports.
• Reviews, analyses and prepares budgets and performance reports for regular budget, support account and extra budgetary resources.
• Acts as Certifying Officers for OIOS accounts
• Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
• Undertakes research and provides support to higher level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
• Processes fund distribution received by the Controller’s Office and of allotment advices.
• Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments and redeployments of funds as necessary. Coordinates justification for redeployment request with offices.
• Monitors integrity of various financial databases.
• Prepares consolidated monthly expenditure reports
• Assists in the preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
• Maintains records and statistics of past expenditure reports
• Uses information technology tools to analyze financial data

General:

• Drafts or prepares correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
• Coordinates with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members both at Headquarters and in the field.
• Provides guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
• Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have bearing on matters related to programme and/or peacekeeping budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with the United Nations policies and procedures
• Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment; Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations; Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems; 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; Committed to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team
accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Global General Service Test (GSST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, accounting, administrative services or related area is required.

Experience in data analytics using Umoja or similar ERP is desirable.

Experience working with large data sets is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

The appointment, or assignment, and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, or extension of the mandate.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

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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