Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief of Section, Finance and Budget, P5
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 08 March 2018 - 21 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Finance-DFS-79608-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Field Support (DFS) is mandated to provide strategic support for the administrative, logistics and technology requirements of all United Nations field missions, including peacekeeping operations and political offices.

Within the Department, the Field Budget and Finance Division (FBFD) supports the development of budgetary requirements for field missions exceeding $8 billion annually.

This position is located in the Strategic Resourcing Section (SRS), Budget and Performance Reporting Service (BPRS) of FBFD/DFS. The Chief of Section reports to the Director of the Division and/or Chief of BPRS.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section will be responsible for the following duties:

Provides specific guidance and other support to field missions on an advisory basis in relation to preparation of budgetary proposals, management of available funding, and stewardship of resources.

Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section; providing effective guidance to field missions and DFS counterparts in the development of innovative practices, new procedures, and change initiatives to ensure that skills, processes and other capacities within field financial functions meet regulatory requirements and support good resource management and financial stewardship.

Manages, and supervises the work programme of the Section by maintaining and updating detailed processes and procedures; prioritizing, assigning and guiding individual responsibilities; developing needed expertise and knowledge; evaluating performance; and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.

Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards; and that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.

Acts as a Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 110.4 to ensure that proposed payments are in accordance with approved funding allotments and UN Regulations and Rules;

Oversees the preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS)

Supports the recruitment processes and interviews of candidates for job openings for field financial staff including development of tests and evaluation of candidates.

Recruits staff for Unit/Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision and supports the continued implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning system and a shared service environment, as well as the application of results-based budgeting and International Public Sector Accounting Standards to financial statements preparations.

Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit/Section and across organizational boundaries.

Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues,

Participates and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions, including determining training needs, development of training concepts and materials and conducts training for HQ and the field, including for IPSAS, field financial systems training, and results-based budgeting (RBB).


Proven analytical skills and ability to provide seasoned advice in a complex organizational setting. Ability to develop and administer policies, procedures and systems to meet contemporary financial management and stewardship requirements. Capacity to develop and administer training programmes and to conduct workshops to review and develop practices. 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.

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.

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.

Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business, public administration, finance, accounting, or a related area. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in at least two of the following areas; accounting, transactional processing, budget, financial systems or related area is required. Experience in developing and implementing financial policies and procedures is required. Experience working in an international organizational setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

-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.

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

- Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully 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 on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the 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 on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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