Job Opening

Posting Title: Finance Analyst
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 07 January 2022 - 16 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-171924-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will produce accurate financial statements and expenditure reports to guide in decision making and organize DEGURBA workshops in a timely and efficient manner.

Work Location

Nairobi

Expected duration

12 MONTHS (24 January 2022 –23 January 2023

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND

UN- Habitat established the Data and Analytics Unit (formerly known as Global Urban Observatory (GUO)) unit under the Knowledge and Innovation branch of UN-Habitat as a specialized statistical unit in charge of global monitoring of the Habitat Agenda and other agendas with an urban linkage. DAU has more than 20 years' experience in the collection, analysis and production of urban data at the world level and in specific cities. In line with UN-Habitat's mandate, DAU is working to a) Improve the capacity of countries and cities to access relevant information, setting global standards in the design analysis and collection of urban data, and supports the translation of data/information into policy formulation; b) Guide methodological developments of the urban related indicators and targets used by the international development community to monitor global progress towards implementation of the NUA and the urban SDGs; c) Improve worldwide urban knowledge base by supporting governments, local authorities and civil societies in the development and application of policy-oriented urban indicators, statistics and other urban information.
In 2015, DAU produced the 6th Global Urban Indicators Database (VI) update. In addition to addressing Habitat Agenda, this database provides information on selected SDGs, especially those in Goal 11. The
Data used in the development of the Global Urban Indicators Database (III) was collected from different
sources: national censuses; Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS); Multiple Indicators Cluster Surveys (MICS); Urban Inequities Surveys (UIS); various national household surveys; and other administrative sources. For the SDGs, DAU is updating the available database with new data that has relevant disaggregation including gender and space as stipulated by the SDG monitoring frameworks.
As parts of these activities, DAU intends to contract a finance expert who carries out his/her functions under the direct supervision of Head of Data and Analytics Unit (DAU). To contribute to improving access to financial data, knowledge and best practices on grant management, to strengthen and develop skills and know-how of managers and decision makers at national and local levels, as well as development partners, to produce evidence-based policies and well-informed action plans for sustainable urban development.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The consultant will work in the Data and Analytics Unit, under the direct supervision of its Chief, Mr. Robert Ndugwa. She/he will be responsible for the following tasks:
a. Collate into an overall financial report all the expenditures from the EU, Norway and SIDA grants.
b. Contribute to programme and project development through performance and financial management and monitoring as well as evaluation of internal and external processes towards the advancement of the Unit’s goals and objectives.
c. Prepare interim and final financial reports for the branch’s grants.
d. Regular review of the budget forecast and co-funding expenditure levels; ensure expenditure rate as per agreement requirements.
e. Conduct financial grant closure of closed Grants in DAU
f. Contribute to strategic planning; preparation of progress reports; compiling relevant information; and identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to Programme objectives;
g. Organize workshops and consultations and prepare relevant background papers;
h. Contribute to programme and project development through performance and financial management and monitoring as well as evaluation of internal and external processes towards the advancement of Research Branch goals and objectives;

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism: Training and experience of working in human settlements issues with good
research and analytical skills. Knowledge and experience of carrying out baseline and similar studies is essential. A good understanding of results-based management or logic models is required.

Communication: Ability to articulate ideas in an effective, clear and concise style both orally and in written to staff at all levels in the organization is required; and a proven ability to prepare comprehensive, well written and accurate documents and reports is important.

Planning and organizing: Ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work in an efficient and timely manner. Identify priority activities and assignments and adjusts work accordingly. Has respect for and commitment to agreed timelines.

Teamwork: Proven ability to work collaboratively across the organization with staff at different levels in a flexible manner; Working with all branches, offices and units, establish an effective working relationship that facilitates cooperation and provision of inputs. Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity is essential.
Academic Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in Commerce or any other business related field is required. Additional technical training in the field of office management and administration is an asset.
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience in the field of finance, programme management and administration. Experience in an international organization is highly desirable.
Language: Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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