United Nations RSCE Career Jobs – Finance Officer

Job
Title: Finance Officer
Organization: United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Grade: P4
Duty
Station:
 Entebbe, Uganda
Vacancy
Announcement Number:
 15-FIN-RSCE-40415-F-ENTEBBE (M)
Reports
to: 
Chief, Financial Reporting
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 for 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;
  • Make sure that accurate and
    complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are
    functioning and that all relevant records are maintained;
  • Manage a unit within Finance
    Section, encompassing several funding sources, large volume of
    transactions, and extensive dispersed activities;
  • Actively 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 allotments;
  • Carry out duties as Approving
    Officer and ensure that expenditure, obligations and disbursement are
    approved and released correctly and in a timely fashion;
  • Regularly analyze and review
    monthly financial statements prior to submission to UN Headquarters (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;
  • Intuitively 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;
  • Prepare monthly cash
    projections. Verify periodic cash counts from the Cashier’s imprest or
    other petty cash funds for submission in monthly reporting;
  • Prepare responses to
    internal/external audit observations;
  • Produce major/complex, and ad
    hoc 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;
  • Serve as a board member in
    property survey boards, local committee of contracts, or any other local
    boards as directed by the Chief Financial Reporting;
  • Manage the staff under
    his/her supervision and evaluate and monitor their performance;
  • Perform other related duties
    as required.
           
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
        
  • The ideal candidates for the
    United Nations Regional Service Centre Finance Officer should hold an
    advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in
    finance, business administration, accounting, economics or other finance
    related discipline is required.
  • A first level university
    degree in the above-mentioned fields with a combination of relevant
    academic qualifications (certification/training in finance/Accountancy)
    and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
    Professional certification/accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant
    (CPA), Chartered Accountant or by a similar professional body is highly
    desirable.
  • At least seven (7) years of
    progressively responsible experience in Accounting and Financial
    reporting, finance, , including significant responsibilities in the
    management of financial resources and reporting thereof.
  • Working knowledge of internal
    control systems is required. Experience in the use of Enterprise Resource
    Planning (ERP) Systems, specifically Umoja (SAP) is desirable.
  • Significant experience in
    applying International Accounting Standards such as IPSAS, IFRS or similar
    accruals based accounting standards to financial reporting is also
    desirable.
  • Languages:
    English and French are the working languages of
    the United Nations. For the position advertised, Fluency in English is required.
    Working knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
           
Personal
Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Effectiveness in implementing accounting policies, procedures and
    new programs; ability to provide seasoned effective specialized advice in
    a broad range of financial, areas to Head of Office/Mission, and to
    Headquarters and senior mission staff; ability to ensure adequate
    preparation of reports or rationale with respect to key logistic and
    administrative decisions; strong negotiation and conflict-resolution
    skills.  Shows pride in work and
    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 within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
    operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports
    subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility of delegated
    assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings
    and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly
    interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions
    to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors
    language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness
    in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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 that the actions proposed will
    satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough
    decisions when necessary.
  • Managing
    Performance:
    Delegates the appropriate responsibility,
    accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles,
    responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member;
    accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a
    task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and
    deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and
    coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and
    initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of
    staff; appraises performance fairly.
How
to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join
the United Nations in the aforementioned capacity should apply online by
visiting the web link below.
Deadline: 
17th February, 2015

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