United Nations UN WFP Finance Assistant Jobs – World Food Programme

Job Title:        Finance Assistant
Organization: United Nations
World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Position Grade: G5
Reports to: National Finance
About US:
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline
agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian
agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives
in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving
Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to
Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.
Job Summary:   The Finance Assistant will support the
effective delivery of finance, budget and administration support services in
order to facilitate transparent and efficient utilization of financial
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Assist in providing the procedural and
    technical support to staff within the areas of finance and budget, to
    ensure compliance with WFP financial policies, rules and regulations.
  • Monitor monthly expenditure forecasts and
    provide expenditure reports in order to facilitate informed
  • Monitor the sub-imprest bank and petty
    cash accounts regularly, to ensure that adequate funds are available and
    appropriately disbursed.
  • Verify vendor claims, advances and other
    receivables and observe appropriate procurement procedures, to ensure that
    suppliers are paid in a timely manner and in conformance with WFP finance
    rules and regulations.
  • Provide support in compiling information
    from various sources in order to prepare reports relating to budgets,
    accounting, finance and statistics.
  • Retrieve, format and validate information
    obtained from various financial information systems and bring any
    discrepancy or inaccuracy to the attention of the supervisor and follow up
    corrective actions.
  • Perform administrative duties related to
    the monitoring and recording of fixed assets, spend on fuel and spare
    parts for vehicles and generators, to ensure that the databases are
    accurately updated.
  • Maintain the web-based register for all
    invoices and payment transfers and record paperwork, to ensure that all
    documents are maintained and filed in compliance with WFP standards and
  • Keenly monitor and record all expenses in
    line with the approved budget in order to ensure that correct expenditure
    costs are charged and payments to external suppliers, cash grants and
    other supplier invoices are processed in a timely manner.
  • Offer guidance and on-the-job training to
    other support staff, to ensure services are delivered consistently and to
    the required standards.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UN World Food Programme (WFP) Finance Assistant job opportunity should
    hold a University degree in Business Studies, Finance, Accounting or
    Commerce or any other related field or a diploma supplemented with
    additional years of relevant experience obtained from a recognised
  • A minimum of four years of related
    experience in the field of Finance, Accounting, Audit, or other related
    field gained from reputable organisations.
  • Previous experience in collecting and
    monitoring financial data on projects and programmes, assessing financial
    health and status, and reporting findings to senior leaders is desired
  • Proficiency in the use of modern
    Accounting methods and knowledge of standard finance software packages and
  • Experience collecting and monitoring
    financial data on projects and programmes;
  • Assessing financial health and status, and
    reporting findings to senior leaders;
  • Good knowledge and skills in using MS
    Office applications;
  • Excellent command of English is vital.
Functional Capabilities:
  • Internal Controls & Compliance:
    Demonstrates basic knowledge of internal controls, risk management, and
    monitoring mechanisms and their applicability to WFP’s critical activities.
  • Performance Budgeting, Analysis &
    Demonstrates participation in business planning efforts
    by developing basic project-level budgets and forecasts, incorporating
    information from various sources as appropriate to monitor KPIs.
  • Resource Management:
    Demonstrates ability to track and compile reports on HQ and Field staffing
    and resource usage on a project-level basis.
  • Financial Mgmt. & Accounting
    Applies knowledge of financial and accounting
    principles and practices to ensure compliance with WFP policies,
    applicable procedures and accounting standards.
  • Supply Chain and Operations Knowledge:
    Demonstrates basic understanding of WFP programme, implementation, and
    supply chain principles (including project modalities & structures).
4Ps Core Organisational
  • Understand and communicate the
    Strategic Objectives:
    Helps teammates articulate WFP’s
    Strategic Objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change:
    Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our
    Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary
    communities to teammates.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday
    : Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will
    serve WFP’s mission.
  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s
    Trains junior teammates on new skills and
  • Create an inclusive culture:
    Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • Be a coach & provide
    constructive feedback:
    Serves as a peer coach for colleagues
    in same area of work.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit:
    Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular
    basis with supervisor.
  • Encourage innovation & creative
    Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and
    accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with
  • Focus on getting results:
    Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own
    tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  • Make commitments and make good on
    Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies
    supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or
  • Be Decisive:
    Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices
    in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.
  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests
    opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  • Build strong external partnerships:
    Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field
    towards common goals.
  • Be politically agile &
    Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s
    teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings
    to partnerships:
    Aligns own activities with supervisor’s
    priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.
How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food
Programme (WFP) are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link
Deadline: 5th October

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