Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Budget Officer (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 September 2022 - 02 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Finance-DMSPC OPPFB-190950-J-New York (G)
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 Policy and Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Programme Planning and Budget Division (PPBD) in the Office of Programme, Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance(DMSPC). The Programme Budget Officer reports directly to the Head of the PCU and the Director of PPBD.

PPBD is committed to ensuring the highest standards in the preparation and presentation of programme budgets of the United Nations. PCU is responsible for the preparation and dissemination programme budget practices, policies and guidance, and for the continuous pursuit of improved solutions that address challenges affecting the programme budget. Given its central role, it consolidates budgetary information and presents it to a broad range of stakeholders, including internal and external clients, senior managers, specialized, oversight and intergovernmental bodies.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Programme Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Programme plan:
• Reviews, analyses and finalizes the preparation of the programme plan and its revisions on the basis of departmental submissions, taking into account recommendations and decisions of specialized intergovernmental bodies.
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their review of the programme plan and its revisions; secures approval from the General Assembly.
• Supports departments and internal clients in the accurate translation of legislative mandates into program budgets.

Budget preparation:
• Reviews, analyses and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from Departments/offices.
• Reviews, analyzes and finalizes statements of programme budget implications in light of additional mandates.
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental, oversight and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.

Budget administration:
• Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
• Monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
• Monitors and forecasts expenditures to ensure it remains within authorized levels.
• Reviews and finalizes budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.

General
• Oversees segments of the budget guidance to be used by Departments/offices in the formulation of their budget proposals.
• Provides advice and guidance, including training, staff on budgetary and financial policies and procedures, including results-based budgeting.
• Participates in inter-departmental meetings on budgetary matters.
• Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines/audit observations that have a bearing on matters related to programme budgets, ensuring compliance with recommendations and decisions from intergovernmental, oversight and specialized bodies as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
• Drafts reports, supplementary information, presentations and correspondence for intergovernmental bodies and for management on budgetary issues.
• Undertakes research and analysis of budgetary policies and procedures, makes recommendations for changes and/or modifications.
• Validates data and information to ensure the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them.
• Supports the review of budgetary practices and processes with a view to streamlining such practices and processes, including through automation.
• Explores opportunities for enhancing information systems related to budgeting, and proposes and tests such improvements, when applicable.
• Provides support with respect to representation of the Secretary-General in meetings of legislative organs.
• Represents the division in inter and intra-departmental meetings.
• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• May plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Unit/Section assigned.
• Incumbents may be asked to perform other related duties.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources. Ability to develop and apply budgetary regulations, rules, policies and procedures. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations that are supported by facts. Demonstrated professional competence in budgetary and financial planning, monitoring of budget execution and reporting of budgetary and financial information. Financial and mathematical skills that facilitate the review and analysis of data. Ability to validate data and its sources, and to review, summarize and present information in a simple, accessible and attractive manner. Ability of reconcile differences and instances of non-compliance in budgetary and financial data, and propose adequate corrective actions. Ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, business or public administration, statistics, information systems, or related area is required.

Of the seven years, at least three years of experience in results-based budgeting in a large international organization is required.

Experience in validating the integrity and accuracy of budgetary and financial information in ERP systems is desirable.

Experience in the design, development and enhancement of financial or budgetary information systems is desirable.

Experience in analyzing budgetary challenges such as funding shortages, proposing policy solutions to address them and drafting corresponding financial and budgetary policies is desirable.

Experience in providing training on budgetary matters is desirable.

Experience in the calculation of standard costs to be used in the formulation of budgets is desirable.

Two years 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 in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary job opening may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

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.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

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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