Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 28 June 2018 - 11 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Finance-UNEP-99783-J-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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 UN Environment Corporate Services Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Director for Corporate Services Division and direct supervision of the Chief, Financial Management Services, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

A) Finance & Accounting • Oversee the financial function of the Organization which includes a number of different and diverse operations and interrelated accounts of the financial system. • Review the operational objectives and related financial policies and procedures affecting the Organization’s accounting and financial systems; taking the lead in designing and implementing required changes. • Direct the progressive implementation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and UN ERP (Umoja); and evaluates the efficiency, performance and enhancements of these standards and systems. • Develop documented IPSAS-compliant accounting policies, guidance and operational procedures that support the preparation of IPSAS-compliant financial statements for UN Environment. • Articulate the functional requirements in those areas relating to Umoja and liaise with accountants, fund management officers (FMOs) and auditors as required to identify and resolve IPSAS implementation issues in these areas. • Provide support for other IPSAS implementation areas such as Financial Statement Presentation and/or Assets and Valuation. • Ensure the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them. • Review UN Environment financial statements to be audited and provide authoritative advice, financial interpretation, adaptation and corrective action in response to audits and other queries to ensure adherence to Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars.

B). Budgetary management • Carry out strategic financial planning and management of UN Environment financial resources in accordance with UN Environment and UN Financial Regulations and Rules. • Coordinate submission of biennial Programme of Work (PoW) budget and Regular Budget to the UN Environment Governing Council and General Assembly. • Ensure legislative mandates are accurately translated into programme budgets; plan and co-ordinate review of budget submissions. • Review, analyse and finalize cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements; ensure compliance with the medium-term plan and other legislative mandates. • Manage/issue allotments, authorize sub-allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures. • Monitor expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels. • Administer and monitor extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures. • Oversee the review and finalization of budget performance reports; monitors variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures. • Prepare/finalize reports for intergovernmental bodies and for Management on budgetary issues, and correspondence, including guidelines and instructions. • Acts as Certifying Officer under UN Financial Rules to ensure that proposed obligations and expenditures are in accordance with budgets and established regulations and rules.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget management and financial administration of resources. Proven analytical skills and ability to provide technical advice in budget management to managers. Ability to manage a programme in a field operation and formulate new strategies and approaches to budget management issues. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area, preferably in an international organization or other public institution is required. Managerial experience and experience in finance and budget modules of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is required. Experience in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is highly desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This is a temporary Job Opening. Appointment against this position is for a period of 364 days, a limited duration that does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal.

• The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. 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.

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

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• 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.

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.

No Fee

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