Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 02 November 2017 - 08 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Finance-UNEP-87541-J-Paris (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This is a temporary Job Opening and appointment against this project post is for a maximum period of eight (8) months, a limited duration that does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal.

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period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of
separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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 Economy Division, Chemicals and Health Branch, Ozonaction in Paris. The overall objective of the Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient
use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Administration and Fund Management Officer and in cooperation with the Finance team in the OzonAction Branch, the Associate Finance &
Budget Officer will undertake the following tasks:

•Conduct a review of all adjustments processed to ensure alignment of expenditures for the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and conversion from the United Nations' Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (IMIS) to its current SAP-based ERP system (UMOJA) and in conformity with progress report database;

•Review all converted obligations from IMIS to UMOJA to ensure alignment and validity and conformity with project approvals and undertake needed corrective action;

•Reconcile project balances to grants balances, including alignment of cash balance in UMOJA;

•Verify outstanding advances for validity;

•Develop a database for monitoring project expenditures, obligations, budgets and available balances to facilitate progress reporting;

•Conduct a review of project returned balances and determine correctness of these returns and advise on needed corrective measures and assist in undertaking them;

•Align programme support costs in the financial statement with the programme support costs in the progress report and advise/undertake needed adjustments;

•Review the fund income as per certified financial statements vis-à-vis income in UMOJA per grant and reconcile to projects approved by Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund (ExCom) to ensure conformity with the progress report.

•Verify opening balances for the 2017 progress report to be in conformity with financial accounts and identify needed reconciliations with treasurer's report;

•Perform other work related duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concept and approaches relevant to technical cooperation and programme/project administration and implementation
including finance and budget related matters. Has some knowledge of the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund projects. Is able to deal with multiple tasks under tight deadlines and work
under pressure. Has sound judgment and good analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Has excellent
budget analytical skills to produce high quality budget reports. 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.

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. Has ability to organize and implement activities and outputs and to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines.

Education

A first-level university degree in business administration, finance, or related field.

Work Experience

At least two years of progressive responsible experience in finance, administration, budget,business administration or related area. Experience with the United Nations or similar international organization in a related area, is highly desirable. Knowledge of United Nations System Accounting Standards (UNSAS) and IPSAS, and ERP systems like IMIS, UMOJA or similar, is desirable. Familiarity with the Montreal Protocol reporting processes is an added advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official
languages is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants 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.

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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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