Job Opening

Posting Title: Finance and Budget Officer, P4
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 02 August 2017 - 15 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Finance-DFS-80898-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

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

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 its responsibilities, the Field Budget and Finance Division of DFS coordinates the negotiation of Memoranda of Understanding and the calculation of reimbursements exceeding $800 million annually to countries contributing more than 300 separate military and police contingents to field missions.

This position is located in the Strategic Resourcing Section (SRS) of Budget and Performance Reporting Service (BPRS) of the Field Budget and Finance Division (FBFD) in the Department of Field Support (DFS). The Finance & Budget Officer usually reports to the Chief of Section and/or Chief of BPRS.

Responsibilities

•Supervises a team of professional and support staff with a portfolio of missions.
•Supports field missions in solving complex strategic, transitional and operational resourcing challenges.
•Provides a dedicated capacity to support strategic planning and guidance for new field operations.
•Provides direct budget management support to new missions.
•Provides guidance and other support to field missions with respect to resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Reviews and analyses field mission budget proposals, ensuring compliance with the strategic priorities set by senior DPKO, DPA and DFS leadership as well as the Controller’s instructions.
•Supports the decision-making of senior UNHQ leadership with regards to budgets through providing detailed analysis and making recommendations.
•Monitors performance parameters and critical indicators.
•Provides advice and guidance to field missions and DFS counterparts on budgetary and financial policies and procedures, including results-based budgeting and the development of innovative practices, new procedures and crosscutting analysis of major resources.
•Monitors and provides guidance to field missions on the management and stewardship of budgetary resources, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies, procedures and results-based budgeting methodologies.
•Represents the Division in organizational discussions with representatives of other Departments of the Secretariat and within the UN System as needed.
•Provides strategic support and advice on the establishment and management of trust funds, including interaction with donors.
•Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to program and/or peacekeeping budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
•Undertakes research and analysis of budgetary policies and procedures, makes recommendations for changes and/or modifications.
•Acts as Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 110.4 to ensure that proposed obligations and expenditures are in accordance with approved budgets and established regulations and rules.
•Ensures the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them.
•Provides support with respect to representation of the Secretary-General in meetings of legislative organs.
•Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.
•Provides guidance and training to junior staff.
•Provides support in fostering teamwork and communication among staff and across organizational boundaries.
•Incumbents may be asked to perform other related duties.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge and command of budget development and financial administration of resources. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches to budgetary matters. Knowledge of Results-Based Budgeting (RBB) or similar performance management methodologies, as well as knowledge of international accounting standards such as IPSAS. Knowledge of financial and budgetary policies, procedures and operations within an international organizational setting. 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.

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 degree) in business administration, finance or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant or similar professional accreditations is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area is required. Three years of experience in budget development and financial administration of resources at the international level is required. Experience conducting research and analysis of budgetary policies and procedures is desirable. Experience working with international public accounting standards in a controlled environment is desirable. Experience leading and providing guidance to a team is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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