Job Opening

Posting Title: Finance Officer, P3 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: FINANCE OFFICER
Department/Office: Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 November 2017 - 23 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Finance-DM OPPBA-86698-R-New York (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 in Treasury, Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Department of Management. The Treasury has the fiduciary responsibility of the United Nations cash and related financial assets and its mandate is to support the operations of the United Nations peacekeeping missions and Offices Away from Headquarters, and to safeguard the United Nations cash and related financial assets.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief, Cashier's Section, and in coordination with intra and inter-divisional/departmental offices, as appropriate, the incumbent performs Cashier’s Office duties, which are grouped into two main functions as follows:

(1) Cash Management function: Analyze and monitor bank account end-of-day balances, review and evaluate regular cash requirement forecast report and determine the cash requirements at Headquarters, Offices-away-from-Headquarters and Peacekeeping Missions; Fund adequately the house-bank account so that payments can be processed; Prepare and consolidate cash requirement report and bank account balances and ensure that all remittances are monitored and executed appropriately; Sweep incoming funds in to the United Nations investment pool bank account, compute the net amount to be withdrawn from or to be deposited to the United Nations investment pool and fund the daily cash requirement or to invest excess funds.

(2) Payment processing function: Ensure that proposed payments for services, facilities supplies and equipment expenses, as well as those pertaining to personnel, troops and contingent-owned equipment expenses are paid in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules (FRR) of the UN; Ensure internal control of the payment and recording systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained and safeguarded for audit and investigation purposes; Provide guidance on settlement instructions of foreign exchange and investment transaction, maintenance of the counterparty details, UN house bank determination and routing of cross boarder payment; Identify issues and irregularities in payment transactions, and foreign exchange settlement and in bank accounts balances (overdraft, excess balances, and failed payments); Investigate and resolve issues and irregularities in a timely and effective manner

(3) Participate in the definition of the static data and related governance that supports the cash management and payment processing; Provide information needed to respond to audit findings; Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Knowledge in how payment clearing and payment systems (such as DTCC and SEPA) function in different countries; Ability to support and guide staff members that perform cashiering functions in different Offices located in different time zones; Ability to draft and implement cashier operational procedures; Knowledge of the SWIFT ‘inter-bank’ communication network and SWIFT messaging formats; Knowledge of foreign exchange transaction operation and associated risks

Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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 or public administration, finance or 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in finance, in domestic and international payments, cash management or Treasury Operations is required. Experience in using financial systems (SAP or similar) is desirable. Experience in using bank-proprietary payment systems or SWIFT is desirable. Experience in payment clearing systems is desirable. Experience in formatting SWIFT messages and routing payments are desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment exercise which may 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 is 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, 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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