United Nations RSCE Career Jobs – Finance Officer

Job Title:  Finance Officer
Organization: United
Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Grade: P3
Job Opening Number:
15-FIN-RSCE-41154-F-ENTEBBE (M)
Report 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 RSC.
           
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Finance Officer will carry
out the following duties:
1. Accounts:
  • Regularly reviews and verifies the closing of monthly
    accounts and preparation of financial statements for submission to
    Headquarters.
  • Keenly verifies the data reported in the financial
    statements.
  • Scrutinizes source documents for completeness,
    accuracy and validity of charges.
  • Reviews and approves various vouchers and accounting
    transactions, e.g., payroll, payment of staff entitlements, final
    payments, travel claims, vendor invoices, agencies, field missions, etc.,
    to ensure adherence to relevant staff rules, financial regulations and
    rules, guidelines or practices.
  • Maintains internal control procedures to ensure
    vouchers are processed and correctly posted Umoja.
  • Keenly investigates erroneous charges and takes
    appropriate corrective accounting actions.
  • Reviews and verifies bank reconciliations on a
    monthly basis.
  • Examines the validity of requests for increases in
    petty cash levels; approve disbursement vouchers to replenish petty cash
    accounts.
  • Approves the recording of Earmarked Fund
    (Obligations) in UMOJA.
  • Supervises and mentors other General Service and
    Field Service staff as required.
  • Quickly responds to queries from staff members and
    third parties.
  • Supports the Chief of Unit/Section in cash
    management, including preparing cash flow forecasts.
2. General:
  • Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that
    have a bearing on matters related to programme, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental
    recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and
    procedures.
  • Offers technical guidance and training (including
    preparation of training materials) to junior staff with respect to
    transaction processing and the use of various systems such as SAP(UMOJA)
    and PROGEN.
  • Drafts/verifies memoranda and/or cables relevant to
    financial and budget matters to various offices, departments and missions.
  • Performs any other related duties, as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal job holder for the United Nations RSCE Finance Officer vacancy
    should hold an advanced university degree
    (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance or
    related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two
    additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the
    advanced university degree.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible
    experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or
    related field.
  • Past experience with United Nations systems and
    processes is highly desirable.
Languages: Fluency in English is required.
           
Personal Competencies:            
Professionalism:
  • Knowledge
    in the use and application of the Organization’s financial regulations and
    rules as well as accounting policies and practices.
  • Ability
    to extract, interpret, and analyse a wide variety of data and to resolve
    data discrepancies and other problems.
  • 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.
  • Commitment
    to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal
    participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of
    work.
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
Planning & Organizing:
  • Develops
    clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
  • Identifies
    priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
  • Allocates
    appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
  • Foresees
    risks and allows for contingencies when planning
  • Monitors
    and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
  • Uses
    time efficiently
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
  • Actively
    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
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Regional Service
Centre at Entebbe (RSCE) as the Finance Officer should express their interest
by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 13th March, 2015

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