UN Finance Officer Job Vacancies – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: 
Grade: NOA
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 Officer will operate as part of a
finance team in a CO or RB, providing general financial support. In HQ, the job
holders operate within a narrower finance specialism. Depending on the size and
needs of the office or unit, the job may cover all aspects of finance, budget,
and administration, or it may emphasize finance or more of these aspects. Job
holders at this level are likely to be working under the supervision of a more
experienced staff member, receiving guidance and regular feedback on work
performed. They support the collation, maintenance, analysis and reporting of
information to maximise the effectiveness of financial services.
The incumbent will
support the stewardship of WFP’s resources, monitoring budgets, forecasting,
reporting on key data and providing basic administrative and human resource
functions that enable effective management of funds, and ensure assistance to
beneficiaries is undertaken in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Maintain awareness of corporate finance and resource management
    strategies and major ongoing programmatic initiatives, participating where
    appropriate using finance and resource management expertise.
  • Contribute towards the development of country specific plans and
    processes, aligned with Regional and wider WFP strategy, policies and
    processes to meet the food assistance needs of beneficiaries within the
  • Report on key data for financial status and outcomes of projects in
    accordance with corporate governance requirements, ensuring accuracy,
    deadlines, and accounting processes are complied with.
  • Monitor budgets, and carry out forecasting for new and ongoing
    projects according to established corporate procedures and requirements.
  • Perform bank reconciliations, disbursements, clearance of
    receivables, overall cash management and monthly financial closures on a
    regular basis in accordance with corporate requirements.
  • Where necessary, deliver core administrative services, working with
    contractors and following standard processes to provide cost-effective,
    quality and timely services to WFP staff.
  • Where necessary, undertake basic human resource functions related to
    staff benefits, recruitment of local staff, and training.
  • Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely
    reporting, providing management with financial, staffing and resource
    usage information to enable them to make informed decisions.
  • Track and collate data to support others to improve policies,
    systems and procedures in order to minimise financial risks, improve the
    efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and ensure services are
    aligned with business objectives.
  • Contribute to the delivery of financial controls and insight into
    WFP performance, supporting periodic risk and internal control assessments
    to identify areas which may present potential audit, compliance or
    financial risks.
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral
    and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  • Represent unit/CO at internal meetings, external meetings and events
    with other UN agencies, banks and other financial institutions, or other
    partners and entities as required.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is
    able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected
    areas at the onset of the crisis.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme
    (WFP) Finance Officer job placement should hold an advanced University
    degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or related fields,
    or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of
    related work experience plus membership in an international recognized
    professional accountancy body such as Association of Chartered Certified
    Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Certified Public Accounts (ICPA) or
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience in
    finance, accounting, auditing or related area;
  • Previous experience in reviewing and analyzing financial statements.
  • Has experience implementing accounting and internal control
  • Computer skills with word processing, spreadsheets are required;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across one or more dispersed and
    diverse teams is desirable;
  • Proven professional commitment to professionalism, punctuality,
    accuracy, confidentiality, integrity and flexibility, and proven
    experience in introducing new and more effective ways of working
  • Has performed basic financial analyses at a national and/or
    operational level.
  • Has experience managing financial transactions.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language

  • Internal Controls & Compliance: Utilizes understanding of risk
    management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and
    programmes to confirm regulatory compliance and ensure data integrity.
  • Performance Budgeting, Reporting & Analysis: Analyzes budgets and forecasts to
    support the development of recommendations for senior leadership on
    financial and business planning matters in accordance with Value for Money
  • Resources Management (People, time, assets, etc.): Monitors trends in staffing and resource
    usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders.
  • Financial Management & Accounting Principles: 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: Applies working knowledge of WFP
    programme and supply chain principles to develop and/or review project
    budget plans.
NB: Female
applicants and qualified applicants from Uganda with Ugandan Nationality are
especially encouraged to apply
How to Apply:
All candidates who
desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit
their applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 19th September 2019
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