Job Opening

Posting Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT, G5
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BRASILIA
Posting Period: 25 August 2022 - 23 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Finance-UNEP-188278-R-Brasilia (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The overall objective of the UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

This post is in UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Climate Mitigation Unit at the Brasilia duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Assistant and additional supervision by the Administrative Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Assists in the preparation of supporting documents (narrative and supporting tables) with respect to finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
• Assists in the internalisation of new projects, including preparation of draft legal agreements; preparing revisions for ongoing projects; preparing projects for closure.
• Supports the Administrative/Finance/Budget Officer(s) in extracting information and generating expenditure reports from computerized information system databases; assists in preliminary analyses of the extracted information and the reports generated, and highlights areas of concern for the attention of the Administrative/ Finance/Budget Officer Officer(s).
• Assists in the development of resource requirements for budget submissions and in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
• Researches/compiles data and other information required by the Administrative Officer/ Finance/Budget Officer (s) in the review and analysis of relevant proposals.
• Consolidates data and provides support to Administrative Officer/Finance/Budget Officer (s) with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
• Assists the Administrative/Finance/Budget Officer (s) in the preparation/finalization of budget performance reports, performing preliminary analysis of variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
• Assists in preparing supporting documentation for Consultancy and UN Volunteer recruitment and non-staff travel requests. Prepares pre-commitments and commitments in UMOJA with supporting documentation and review them to ensure that funds are available and the correct account has been used.
• Assists in reviewing the financial, audit and other administrative reports (e.g. inventories) from Executing Agencies and making recommendations.
• Assists in the financial backstopping of Global Environment Facility (GEF) funds and other Global funds, including monitoring the approved funding, generating expenditure reports from UMOJA and monitoring reporting requirements by the GEF and other Global partners.
• Assists the Administrative Officer/ Finance/Budget Officer (s) in the reviewing and issuance of allotments.
• Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued.
• Reviews draft reports, verifying overall accuracy, consistency and uniformity in the presentation, and ensuring comprehensiveness and compliance with the format prescribed by the GEF Secretariat; cross-checks consistency of figures in tables with the text of the reports, and verifies references to other reports and documents, bringing errors to the attention of the Administrative/Finance/Budget Officer(s) concerned; ensures that all necessary corrections are incorporated in the reports; coordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
• Provide guidance and training to Executing Agencies on financial reporting as per the project cooperation agreement with those agencies, and on the templates to be used for meeting these reporting requirements.
• Assist in the follow-up on outstanding financial and technical reports with the executing agencies.
• Track circulation of new project internalizations and all projects revisions through UNEP clearance and approval process.
• Verifies and prepares payments to third parties, commercial entities, and individuals.
• Reviews incoming payment instructions with regard to banking details and sources of funds.
• Prepares payments for final disbursement by Cashier.
• Dispatches payment instructions to UNON Treasury and provides remittance advices to Executing Agencies.
• Notifies payees of status of payments.
• Assists staff members, consultants, executing agencies, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Coordination Office, UNEP regarding queries on payment/funding issues.
• Files and archives electronically documentation as required.
• Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
• Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
• Perform other duties as required

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of finance and accounting processes, rules and procedures in the UN or other international or public sector organization. Knowledge in dealing with Finance issues and demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with appropriate discretion. Ability to perform a broad range of finance related functions. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING and 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. A professional qualification in an accounting or finance related subject is required.

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. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in Administration, Finance and Budget administration or related area is required.

Proven Experience working with Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP) such as Systems Applications and Products (SAP) is required.

Experience with Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects or similar internationally/global donor funded projects is desirable.

One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency English is required. Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is desirable.

NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment, such as a written test, which will be followed by a competency-based interview by phone or teleconference.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. The candidate is responsible for any travel and relocation expenses incurred to take-up the appointment and if they do not already have the right to work in the duty station, appointment is contingent on issuance of a visa from the local authorities.

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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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.

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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.

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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