Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 April 2022 - 11 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Finance-UNOG-178675-R-Geneva (X)
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 Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) office, established to undertake the renovation and refurbishment of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) complex. The Financial Management Officer will be under the supervision of the Senior Administrative Officer (SAO).


Within delegated authority, the Financial Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Cost planning, financial reporting and management:
• Leads the cost forecast and programme change control process as regards budget sufficiency;
• Co-ordinates with project stakeholders to recommend mutually beneficial ways to minimize the overall cost to the UN; brings recommendations to Senior Management for decision;
• Regularly liaises with external cost planners on the continuous updating of the rolling SHP cost plan until project completion and feeds updated information into internal and external cost planning documents and reports;
• Reviews, analyses and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements for the SHP;
• Prepares cost projections for the project;
• Provides detailed input with respect to resource requirements for annual budget submissions to Member States;
• Reviews, analyzes and finalizes program budget/financial implications to the General Assembly statements in light of additional mandates;
• Performs financial analysis including the review of tender documents, construction bills and other renovation specific contractual instruments;
• Verifies the reliability of the sources of cost data used to prepare cost estimates. Reviews the compliance of services and works with the budget cost plan in the context of all project disciplines.

Budget administration:
• Issues allotments, manages and monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary;
• Supports the Senior Administrative Officer in administering and managing extra-budgetary resources, particularly the CHF 400 million Swiss loan funding, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures and with the Host Country loan agreement;
• Prepares the regular financial and budgetary reporting to the host country, in CHF, in respect of the loan agreement;
• Initiates and conducts studies to improve budget reporting systems and cost-effective utilization of program resources;
• Designs and enhances financial reporting tools to maximize accuracy and efficiency of financial reporting in a currency that is not supported in the Umoja ERP system;
• Prepares financial reports to other extra-budgetary donors, manages transfers of cost between SHP and UNOG General funds and prepares acknowledgements of donations.
• Prepares budget performance submissions for inclusion within the annual report of the Secretary-General in respect of the SHP;
• Reviews and finalizes budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures;
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies;
• Verifies the reliability of the sources of cost data used to prepare cost estimates. Reviews the compliance of services and works with the budget cost plan in the context of all project disciplines.

• Provides advice and guidance, including training, to project staff on budgetary and financial policies and procedures;
• Participates in inter-departmental meetings related to resource requirements, programming and budgetary issues;
• Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to program budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures;
• Acts as Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 110.4 to ensure that proposed obligations and expenditures are in accordance with approved budgets and established regulations and rules;
• Maintains a set of sound policies, procedures, standards and tools, which are consistent with UN policy and practice, to ensure proper accounting, financial management and control;
• Manages the project’s cashflow to ensure that (a) drawdowns of loan finance are promptly requested from the host government to meet expenditure requirements but (b) the bank balance does not exceed the threshold above which the UN becomes liable for negative interest;
• Oversees the recording of accounting entries related to the SHP in Umoja for inclusion in the Volume I IPSAS financial statements; sets up and maintains an IPSAS compliant WBS structure and ensures that relevant SHP financial records are IPSAS compliant;
• Takes the lead on project requisitions, reviews and approves shopping carts, low value purchase orders, travel documents and supervises administrative staff of the project in their preparation, ensuring correct allocation of costs across the project’s complex cost reporting structure;
• Represents SHP project in inter and intra-departmental meetings;
• Guide junior SHP staff and provide advice to SHP management on budgetary and administrative policies and procedures;
• Incumbents may be asked to perform other related duties.


• Professionalism: Proven conceptual analytical and evaluative skills. Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources. Experience of the procedures of UN legislative organs and intragovernmental bodies pertaining to the SHP’s budget approval and monitoring. Ability to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. A complete in-depth grasp of financial principles and practices is required. Advanced knowledge of Excel and skills in business intelligence tools, Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations and prepare reports or rational with respect to key administrative decisions. 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.

• 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.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, finance, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in a large international organization in budgeting, finance, and in the monitoring and analysis of financial management systems is required.

Experience in a section of the programme budget or demonstrated leadership of a team of staff working on a number of budgets is desirable.

Experience in a large-scale project management environment is desirable.

Experience working with an ERP system, such as UMOJA finance and business intelligence modules, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The appointment against this position is limited to service in the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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

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.

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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