Job Opening

Posting Title: FINANCE OFFICER, FS6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: FINANCE OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 12 January 2022 - 18 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Finance-UNTSO-172316-J-Jerusalem (M)
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 United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in Jerusalem. The position is in the Accounts Unit at UNTSO. The Finance Officer reports to the Chief, Finance and Budget Officer of UNTSO who is also the CFO for UNSCO. The post provides advice to stakeholders, managers and staff members, encompassing sound IPSAS-compliant and financial reporting practices in relation to the activities of financial management.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Finance Officer will carry out the following duties:

• Manages the achievement of UNTSO and UNSCO key performance indicators (KPIs) in relation to the relevant areas in bank reconciliation, AR, AP, AUC reporting, OIM and other trial balance GL accounts in conjunction with the monthly internal control dashboard.
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the team maintain high quality standards; financial reports are clear, objective, and based on comprehensive data. Plan, organize, manage, guide, train, supervise the work of the team assigned. Plan and oversee the management of the activities undertaken by the team.
• Review and undertake the closing of monthly accounts and preparation of the yearly IPSAS individual financial statements for UNTSO and UNSCO for submission to the UNHQ Finance Division. Ensure that accounting records from IPSAS compliant Trial Balances derived, are maintained.
• Scrutinizes source documents for completeness, accuracy and validity of reported figures and underlying transactions.
• Review and reconciles various clearing accounts, investigate erroneous/invalid entries and
take appropriate corrective accounting action.
• Analyze complex/unusual accounting transactions and open items in the accounting system
and implement corrective actions.
• Advise and ensure that only valid year-end budget commitments confirming with
established criteria are valid for carrying forward.
• Contribute to the management of and utilization of regular budget and cost recovery funds.
• Review accounting of all income due to the mission including cost-recovery services rendered by the mission.
• Reviews and approves supporting vouchers for accounting transactions such as payroll, payment of staff entitlements, final payments, travel claims, vendor invoices, agencies and any other allowances for payments in conformity and adherence to applicable United Nations policies e.g., staff rules, financial regulations and rules, ST/AI issuances or practices, IPSAS policy framework etc.
• Provides advice, financial interpretations, adaptations, and corrective actions in response to audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars under the guidance of the Service Delivery Manager.
• Ensures the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them. Report findings and make recommendations to the Chief Finance and Budget Officer.
• Acts as Approving Officer under Financial Rule 105.4 in adherence with the UN Regulations and Rules.
• Ensures that the established IPSAS compliance monitoring and Internal Control Framework (ICF) is fully implemented, and any deviations documented and reported.
• Reviews and verifies completeness of documentation supporting invoices and payment requests.
Others
• In the absence of the Chief Finance and Budget Officer, oversee the daily operation of the office.
• Carry out other duties as assigned.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of financial, budgetary and grant management principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present 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.

• PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility of delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical of vocational certificate in accounting, finance, budget or related fields is required.
Certificate in International Public Financial Management or its equivalent from CIPFA or other internationally recognized Public Finance or Accountancy Institutes is desirable.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certificate in International Public Financial Management or its equivalent from CIPFA or other internationally recognized Public Finance or Accountancy Institutes is desirable.

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, accounting, budget, and business administration or related area is required.

At least 2 years of hands-on experience with IPSAS/IFRS or similar international accounting standards is required.

Experience in analyzing financial data and preparing management reports is required.

Experience in application of UN Financial Rules and Regulations, systems and processes is highly desirable.

Hands-on experience in using Business Intelligence Reporting tools is desirable.

Experience in a shared services environment is desirable.

At least two years’ experience with the United Nations common system or another international organization is required

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Special Notice

This post is for an initial period of eight months and may be subject to extension.

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.

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• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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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