Job Opening

Posting Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 23 January 2018 - 31 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Finance-DFS-91467-J-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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 (FBFD) 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 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 reports to a Chief of Section.

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.
May be asked to perform other related duties.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge 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 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 a similar professional accreditation 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 providing detailed analysis and provision of recommendations to senior
leadership on complex budgetary and financial issues is desirable. Experience with the management of extra-budgetary resources and/or trust funds 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 the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Notes:

• Duration of need: 30 June 2018

• This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need 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.

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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