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UN Career Jobs – Accountant at United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)

Job Title:    Accountant
Organization: United Nations
Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
Grade: P3
Vacancy Announcement Number: 15-FIN-RSCE-49298-F-ENTEBBE
(M)
Reports to: Service Line
Manager and Chief of the Financial Reporting Service Line
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.
Job Summary: The Accountant
will support the United Nations Regional Service Centre at Entebbe (RSCE) by
performing a variety of tasks including the maintenance and validation of
various operations with respect to accounting, resolution of queries from staff
and other UN units, and the preparation of financial statements and bank
reconciliation statements for the Centre’s Client Missions. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within
delegated authority, the Accountant will be responsible for the following
duties:
·        
Keenly analyses accounts and reviews/evaluates
regular financial reports for the SPM and Peacekeeping Missions.  Identifies problems and irregularities in
transactions and related accounts, and ensures resolving them in a timely and
effective manner.
·        
The incumbent approves/Confirms that proposed
obligations or expenditure for services, facilities supplies and equipment
expenses, as well as those pertaining to personnel, are in accordance with the
Financial Regulations and Rules of the UN, relevant appropriations and staffing
tables and corresponding approved allotments.   
·        
Renders support in preparing financial statements
for Client Missions including in the UN Financial Statements to be
audited. 
·        
Ensures accurate and complete accounting records
that support reliable financial reporting; assists in the evaluation and
monitoring of internal control systems for functional effectiveness.
·        
Quickly responds to internal/external audit
observations. 
·        
Provides expert advice and guidance concerning the
United Nations’ Financial Regulations and Rules and Accounting Instructions as
requested.
·        
Coordinates and supervises processing of IOV’s,
payroll, government and vendor claims, travel, and billing of government
accounts.
·        
Actively monitors, analyses, and approves
transactions for entry into the accounting system.
·        
Defines requirements and works with systems units
with respect to production of relevant financial reports.
·        
Actively participates in the development of accounting
policies.
·        
Provides information needed to respond to audit
findings.
·        
Performs any other related duties as required by the
Service Line Manager and Chief of the Financial Reporting Service Line.
           
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·        
The ideal candidate for the United Nations Regional
Service Centre Entebbe Accountant job should hold an advanced university degree
(Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting
or related field.  A first-level
university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in
lieu of the advanced university degree.
·        
Certification as a Certified Public Accountant
(CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.
·        
At least five years of progressive responsible
professional experience in accounting, finance, and budget especially using an
ERP system such as SAP.
·        
Prior experience in IPSAS or IFRS financial
reporting will be an added advantage
·        
Languages: Fluency in
English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another
UN official language is an advantage.
 Personal Competencies:
·        
Professionalism: Knowledge of
accounting principles, procedures and standards. Ability to apply conceptual,
analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations. Ability to conduct
independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make
conclusions and recommendations. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender
perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas
of work.
·        
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.
·        
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 and 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.
NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any
stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing,
or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on
applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations
Regional Service Centre (RSCE) in the aforementioned capacity should Apply
Online at the web link below.
Deadline: 27th October, 2015
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