Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Finance Officer, P2
Department/Office: Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 05 February 2018 - 21 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Finance-DM OPPBA-90744-R-New York (R)
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 Department of Management, Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Treasury. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief Cashier.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Record and maintain the banking details of the Treasury business partners (clients) that include staff members, non-staff members, vendors, customers, governments and financial institutions (supporting foreign exchanges settlement and interbank transfers).
•Ensure that the payment routing information details (bank chain) are maintained to perform correct end-to-end cash delivery.
•Ensure accuracy of the payment routing details in accordance with national routing codes and global banking directories, databases of intermediary and correspondent banks.
•Ensure that payment instructions for services, facility supplies and equipment expenses, as well as those pertaining to personnel, troops and contingent-owned equipment expenses are maintained and up-to-date.
•Coordinate the maintenance of the banking details across the United Nations Offices.
•Act the focal point for any inquiries related to the banking details maintenance.
•Track critical payments (such as high-volume payment, foreign exchange settlement and payroll) and ensure that the cash is delivered as per the value date.
•Use the SWIFT Global Payment Innovation (GPI) to track payments.
•Timely investigated failed payments and liaise with the respective financial institutions and take corrective actions swiftly.
•Maintain the United Nations Treasury payee whitelist.
•Coordinate with the various screening agencies such as OFAC and other local screening agencies.
•Maintain the Treasury screening system database.
•Monitor incoming funds and ensure that those that are not voluntary, assessed and invoiced payments are recorded in accordance with the FRR of the United Nations.
•For those that are assessed, invoiced and voluntary payment, inform the respective office for a proper recording.
•Ensure that internal control of the banking details recording systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained and safeguarded for audit and investigation purposes.
•Participate in the definition of the static data and related governance that support the maintenance of the banking details.
•Provide information needed to respond to audit findings.
•Perform other related duties as required.


Core Competencies:

-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
-Knowledge of how domestic and cross-border payments are routed in accordance with national routing codes and global banking directory
-Ability to conduct investigation of failed payments and settlements
-Ability to support and guide staff members that perform failed-payment investigation functions in different Offices located in different time zones
-Ability to draft and implement failed-payment-investigation operational procedures and guidelines
-Knowledge of the inter-bank communication network and messaging formats (SWIFT)
-Knowledge of bank reconciliation and ability to liaise with bank reconcilers on open items
-Ability to maintain vendors, third-party and staff banking details
-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.

-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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in finance, in domestic and international payments or Treasury operations is required. Experience in using financial systems (SAP system or similar) and in using bank-proprietary payment systems or SWIFT are required. Experience in payment clearing systems is desirable. Experience in formatting SWIFT messages and routing payments is desirable. No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP)/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).


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


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

Special Notice

This position is funded for a period of at least one year. 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.

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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