United Nations Careers – Finance Officer at World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:  Finance Officer

Organisation: World Food
Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Finance and
Administrative Officer
Grade: NOB
Vacancy Announcement No.:  VA-09-2014
About WFP:
The UN World Food Programme
(WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. WFP is the
largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently, WFP
focuses on three priority areas namely: Emergency Humanitarian Action (EHA);
Food & Nutrition Security (FNS); and Agriculture & Market Support
(AMS). WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary: The UN WFP Finance
Officer will be responsible for accounts maintenance, payment run and conducting
Bank reconciliation functions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Guide
    and support the Finance and Administrative Officer on financial matters;
  • Ensure
    compliance with WFP financial policies, procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Ensure
    transparent and efficient utilisation of WFP’s financial resources;
  • Offer
    regular and ad hoc financial information to the Country Director to
    support informed financial decision making;
  • Actively
    participate in preparing the WFP biennium budgets, budget implementation,
    monitoring and act as Certifying Officer of the Country Office;
  • Intuitively
    monitor and advise the Country Director on the financial status of
    projects and programmes (including pending and approved budgets,
    contributions confirmed but not yet available for expenditure,
    contributions available for expenditure and contributions already
  • Propose,
    develop and implement financial policies and procedures;
  • Set
    up proper accounting procedures and systems, internal controls to ensure
    that proper monitoring mechanisms are in place; identify weaknesses and
    address them immediately;
  • Ensure
    that bank reconciliations for WFP accounts are regularly performed and
    regularly reviewed by designated officials;
  • Ensure
    that disbursements are made based on proper authorisations and supported
    by legitimate and sufficient documentation;
  • Ensure
    proper maintenance of vendor accounts and timely clearance of outstanding
    advances and other receivables;
  • Coordinate
    the financial closure for entrusted imprest accounts;
  • Respond
    to audit queries and follow up on audit recommendations;
  • Ensure
    efficient local banking arrangements and compliance with local financial
    and banking regulations;
  • Ensure
    integrity and consistency of data in WFP financial and accounting systems;
  • Draft
    correspondence and internal procedural directives relating to budgetary
    and financial matters;
  • Actively
    contribute to preparedness actions such as early warning, risk analysis
    and contingency planning and make the necessary recommendations.
  • Periodically
    monitor the management of risks and report on any actions taken;
  • Supervise
    staff as required;
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) job
    should hold an advanced University degree (masters or equivalent) in
    Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related fields; or
    University degree in the same subject(s) obtained from a recognized
  • Membership
    in an internationally recognized professional accountancy body such as
    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of
    Certified Public Accountants (ICPA) or equivalent;
  • Three
    or more (3) years of postgraduate professional experience in Finance
    gained from a reputable organization;
  • General
    working knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures
    governing administration;
  • Good
    knowledge and skills Microsoft office applications plus the WFP financial
  • Excellent
    command of both spoken and written English is vital.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified Ugandan
nationals are encouraged to send their applications together with detailed
curriculum vitae, copies of certificates under confidential cover quoting on
the envelop the vacancy announcement number and name of the applicant to:
The Human Resources Officer, UN
World Food Programme, P.O. Box 7159 Kampala. Uganda or
Hand delivers it to a box at
the reception of WFP Offices at plot 17-19, Clement Hill Road.
The applicants should check on
the Notice Board at the main entrance to confirm that their applications have
been received one week after the closing date.
Applications must be received
by the deadline and only short listed candidates shall be contacted.
Deadline: Thursday, 13th November 2014

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