Job Opening

Posting Title: ACCOUNTANT, DPS/FM, P3
Job Code Title: ACCOUNTANT
Department/Office: International Trade Centre
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 November 2022 - 13 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Finance-ITC-195294-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Financial Operations and Accounting Unit, within the Financial Management Section (FM), Division of Programme Support. The Financial Management Section is responsible for the managing the accounting, financial and budgetary operations of regular and extrabudgetary resources entrusted to ITC, in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations to support the delivery of ITC’s programme of work. The objective of the position is to support financial operations and accounting processes, participate in preparation of financial reports and statements, participate in interactions with oversight bodies and to provide proactive services to client departments of the ITC. This Unit is one of three reporting to the Chief of Financial Management, the other two Units being responsible for Budget and for Project Support and Implementation.


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Budget Officer and overall guidance and supervision of the Chief, Financial Management Section, the Finance Officer, within the delegated authority, will be responsible for the following duties:

• Analyses and reviews/evaluates accounts with a view to identifying problem transactions and irregularities in related accounts. Reports findings and makes recommendations for, resolving them in a timely and effective manner to Chief, FM.
• Approves/Confirms that proposed obligations or expenditure for services, facilities supplies and equipment expenses, as well as those pertaining to personnel, are in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the UN, relevant appropriations and staffing tables and corresponding approved allotments. Acts as Approving Officer within the delegated authority and in adherence with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the UN.
• Contributes towards ensuring that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
• Assists with, preparation of IPSAS compliant financial statements to be audited Provides information needed to respond to audit findings.
• Provides advice and guidance to FM clients related to financial operations and accounting and concerning the United Nations’ Financial Regulations and Rules and Accounting Instructions.
• Provides authoritative interpretation of requirements for handling transactions.
• Coordinates, supervises and approves supporting vouchers for accounting transactions such as the processing of vendor claims, travel, agencies and any other allowances for payments in conformity and adherence to applicable policies and IPSAS framework. .
• Monitors, analyses, and approves transactions for entry into the accounting system.
• Keeps abreast and provides guidance on procedures and troubleshooting of the Enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
• Defines requirements and works with systems units with respect to production of relevant financial reports.
• Participates in the development of accounting policies, standard operating procedures, and guidelines as necessary.
• Manages the achievement of relevant key performance indicators related to the Financial Operations and Accounting Unit.
• Plans and manages the activities undertaken by the Financial Operations and Accounting Unit ensuring that quality outputs are produced, reports are clear and based on comprehensive data
• Performs other related duties as required


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of accounting principles, procedures and standards. Knowledge of the public policy environment within which ITC acts desirable. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make 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 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or related field. A first-level university degree in the specified field of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, finance, budget, administration is required.

Experience in auditing, financial management or internal control is desirable.

Experience with application of International Public Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is desirable.

Experience in financial management, as well as in accountability frameworks is desirable.

Experience of Financial and Budget Management in the UN context and experience of RBM within the UN common system is desirable.

Experience of a large ERP system is desirable.


For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

The conditions of service are governed by the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. This is a fixed term appointment for an initial period of one (1) year.
ITC champions workforce diversity, inclusion, gender equality and gender parity and considers all qualified persons - of all genders - equally, including those with disabilities, without discrimination or prejudice of any kind. ITC also offers attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work/life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
Applications from women and nationalities from developing and least developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.
For information on salary and entitlements, please consult the International Civil Service Commission website:

United Nations Considerations

In accordance with the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, 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 ITC 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.

Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, Inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" hyper-link on the upper right side of the Inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances, and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in Inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision, or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised in Inspira will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

ITC does NOT charge any fees or request money from candidates at any stage of the recruitment process, nor does it concern itself with bank account details of applicants. Requests of this nature allegedly made on behalf of ITC are fraudulent and should be disregarded.

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