UN Careers – Finance Officer at United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)

Job Title: Finance
Organization: United Nations Regional Service Centre
Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: P4
Vacancy Announcement Number: 14-FIN-RSCE-36005-R-ENTEBBE
Reports to: Service Delivery Manager
About RSCE:
The Regional Service Centre Steering Committee is the decision-making
body for RSCE, in compliance with General Assembly resolutions, United Nations
Secretariat rules and regulations, strategic guidance from United Nations
Headquarters and oversight bodies. The Steering Committee consults with the
Global Field Support Strategy Implementation Coordination Team, as required.
The Regional Service Centre, as approved by the Member States, is
owned, managed and staffed by the regional missions it serves. This framework
reinforces the existing missions’ chain of command structures and lines of
authority in a manner that does not create an additional layer between
Headquarters and the regional missions. It also ensures that staffing for RSCE
will be achieved through the redeployment of resources from the regional
missions it serves.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within the delegated authority,
the Finance Officer is responsible of the following duties:
  • Offer technical advice, financial
    interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to audits
    and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Financial Regulations and
    Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars.
  • Ensure that accurate and complete
    accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and
    that all relevant records are maintained.
  • Oversee a unit within Finance Section,
    encompassing several funding sources, large volume of transactions, and
    extensive dispersed activities.
  • Monitor that proposed obligations or disbursements
    for services, supplies and equipment, as well as those pertaining to
    personnel, are in accordance with UN Financial Regulations and Rules,
    relevant appropriations and staffing tables and corresponding approved
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by
    the Approving Officer and ensure that expenditure, obligations and
    disbursement are approved and released correctly and in a timely fashion.
  • Intuitively analyze and review monthly
    financial statements prior to submission to UN Head Quarters (UNHQ) to
    ensure correctness and completeness of the financial statements.
  • Review and verify that bank
    reconciliations are completed on a monthly basis for all bank accounts.
  • Review payments, advances and interoffice
    charges on the basis of proper supporting vouchers and other documents
    which indicate that the goods and services have been received.
  • Compile and prepare monthly cash
    projections. Verify periodic cash counts from the
  • Cashier’s imprest or other petty cash
    funds for submission in monthly reporting.
  • Quickly and prepare responses to
    internal/external audit observations.
  • Compile and submit major/complex financial
    reports for management purposes.
  • Take initiative to improve accounting
    processes and controls.
  • Actively participate in the implementation
    of the International Public Sector Accounting
  • Standards (IPSAS) and an Enterprise
    Resource Planning (ERP) System.
  • Act as board member in property survey
    boards, local committee of contracts, or any other local boards as
    directed by the Chief Administrative Services.
  • Manage the staff under his/her supervision
    and evaluate and monitor their performance.
  • Perform any other related duties as
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant should possess an advanced
    university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in finance,
    management, public and business administration, accounting, Economics or
    other finance related fields; A first level university degree in the
    above-mentioned fields with a combination of relevant academic qualifications
    (certification/training in finance) and experience may be accepted in lieu
    of the advanced university degree. 
    Professional accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA),
    Chartered Accountant or by a similar professional body is highly desirable. 
  • A minimum of seven years’ responsible
    experience in finance, public administration or accounting, including
    significant responsibilities in the management of financial resources and
    knowledge of internal control systems. Experience in a diverse international
    environment is desirable. Experience in applying IPSAS or similar
    GAAP-based accounting standards to financial reporting is highly
Languages Proficiency: English and French are the working
languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency
in English is required.  Knowledge of
French is desirable.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: Effectiveness in implementing accounting
policies, procedures and new programs; commitment to implement the goal of gender
equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and
men in all aspects of peace operations.
Accountability: 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.
Communication: Proven and sustained communication
(verbal  and written) skills, including
ability to prepare  reports and
conduct  presentations on key issues by
clearly formulating positions  on issues,
articulating options  concisely conveying
the maximum  necessary  information, making and defending
Judgment/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.
Managing Performance: Ability to establish priorities and to plan
and encourage performance, and coordinate and monitor work of others, delegate
appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates for the aforementioned
United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe RSCE Vacancy should Apply Online
by Clicking the link below.
Deadline: 11th July, 2014
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