Job Opening

Posting Title: FINANCE OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: FINANCE OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 08 January 2018 - 21 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Finance-OHCHR-86448-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Programme Support and Management Service, Finance and Budget Section, Geneva, and reports to the P-5 Chief, Finance and Budget Section.

Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Prepares monthly financial reports for OHCHR Geneva and its Field Offices on the status of allotments; monitors obligations/expenditures; reviews unliquidated obligations; prepares cable of authorizations to Field Offices for incurring expenditures against authorized budgets; prepares statistical data and/or relevant documentation with respect to budget performance for submission on a monthly basis to the OHCHR Programme Budget Review Board (PBRB) and for UNHQ.

• Ensures effective and efficient management, monitoring, and control of the budgetary allotments and effecting redeployment of funds as required in accordance with UN Financial Rules and Regulations; ensures legislative mandates are accurately translated into programme budgets; manages allotments and requests sub-allotments ensuring appropriate expenditures; prepares response to issues related to submitted cost estimates and the implementation of approved budget.

• Coordinates all aspects of OHCHR Geneva and its Field Offices with such tasks as: cost planning, allotments/payments requests/certification; determines/recommends reallocation of funds when necessary; reviews requisitions for goods and services generated by Umoja to ensure correct objects of expenditure/activity codes have been charged, ensuring availability of funds; coordinate, analyzes and revises proposals/inputs submitted by the various parties.

• Periodically performs internal audits for Field Offices and prepares responses to external audits.

• When requested, participates in assessment mission to review and analyse financial-resource needs for new, enlarging and/or closing field operations.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. Ability to coordinate multiple, simultaneous projects. 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.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 honors 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, accounting or directly related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budgets or related area is required. Experience in Headquarters support of overseas programmes and operations is desirable. Experience working on ERP system such as Umoja 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 French or Spanish is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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

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