Job Opening

Posting Title: Finance and Budget Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 10 May 2017 - 08 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Finance-UNEP-78064-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred to take-up the appointment. Staff members are subject to the authority of and assignment by the Secretary-General. All staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. This post is located in the UN Environment, Corporate Services Division at the Nairobi duty station.

Under the overall supervision of the Coordinator, Global Environment Facility and the direct supervision of the Budget & Finance Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Responsibilities

BUDGET:
May act as Certifying Officer on behalf of and in the absence of programme managers at offices outside of headquarters:
•Provides support with respect to the review, analyses and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions.
•Prepares 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 managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Undertakes research and provides support to higher level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
•Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary.
•Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
•Assists in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
•Monitors integrity of various financial databases.
•Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued.
•Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.

CLAIMS:
•Reviews, analyses and prepares payments to third-parties, commercial entities, with respect to settlement of certified death and disability, contingent-owned equipment, stores, pay and allowances, and letters of assist claims.

TREASURY:
•Monitors/reviews methods used to remit payments and supervises investigation of non-receipt of payments.
•Assists cashier in the daily operation of the Cashier’s Unit responsible for the transmittal of payments worldwide.
•Reviews incoming payment instructions with regard to banking details and sources of funds.
•Prepares payments for final disbursement by Cashier.
•Dispatches payment instructions and cheques to banks.
•Creates receipts and deposits for all incoming funds.
•Notifies payees of status of payments.
•Assists staff members, Fund Management Officers and donors regarding queries on payment and deposit-related issues.
•Identifies and annotates bank account movements.
•Monitors bank balances worldwide.
•Assists Cashier in cash management and investment issues, including cash flow forecasts.
•Liaises with banks worldwide regarding outstanding items and payment instructions.
•Investigates complaints of non-receipt.
•Monitors cheque stock and orders new stock as required.
•Files and archives as required.

GENERAL:
•Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
•Drafts or prepares correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
•Maintains and keeps up-to-date files.
•May be responsible for providing guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
•Performs other related duties, as assigned..

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. 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.

•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 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

Completion of secondary education is required. Supplementary training in administration, finance, budget, accounting or related fields is required. MUST have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) or the Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices away from Headquarters.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively working experience in finance, budget, accounting, administrative services or related area, is required. Proven working experience with Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP) systems is an added advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written 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 competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.

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