UN Finance Officer Job Careers – United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE)

Job Title:    Finance Officer
Organization: United Nations Regional Service
Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 19-Finance-RSCE-123889-F-Entebbe
Grade: P4
About US:
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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within the
delegated authority, the Finance Officer is responsible for the following
  • Plans and oversees and
    prepares the closing of the monthly and Year-End Accounts of the RSCE
    client missions ensuring full resolution of all open items, Account
    Receivables and Payables and Clearing Accounts; Endorses and guides the
    financial entries for Assets under Construction; Supervise the preparation
    of monthly financial reports up to Trial Balance stage for all RSCE
    client’s missions in compliance with IPSAS standards
  • Prepares financial reports
    that informs and meets the need of senior management of RSCE client
    missions, programme and fund center managers throughout the missions,
    relevant external stakeholders as well as those acting on behalf of the
    missions at UNHQ;
  • Provides advice, financial
    interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to RSCE
    client missions’ audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN
    Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions,
    Bulletins and Circulars under the guidance of Chief of Section, Financial
  • Establishes a strong and
    effective partnership by providing inputs in the development of client
    mission partnership survey questions pertaining to financial reporting
    functions; Ensure the quality of the financial reporting and various
    inputs provided from RSCE meet the satisfaction level of desk officers in
    UNHQ responsible for the various client missions; Ensure that the team
    leaders take actions on the client mission survey findings and UNHQ
    monitoring and control feedback.
  • Continuously improves
    service delivery by frequently monitoring performance and achieving targeted
    performance levels; Ensure that accurate accounting records from
    IPSAS-compliant trial balances derived, are maintained by all teams and
    Timely review and follow up regarding the root cause of outstanding
    reconciling items, following up with client missions to clarify and clear
    of outstanding items.
  • Supports the development
    of accounting manual to document policies, procedures, and the use of ERP
  • Continuously improves
    process efficiency and drive standardization; ensure that the enhanced internal
    controls are implemented by all teams in Service Line and facilitate that
    Internal Controls testing is conducted across all Service Lines, and
    findings reported to Service Delivery Managers and the Chief of RSCE.
  • Engages and energizes the
    workforce: Build the skills and knowledge for success; Ensures that all
    team members in the Service Line complete all mandatory and
    compliance-related trainings (including RSCE induction and client
    orientation training); Participate in the workforce planning project,
    inclusive of Financial Reporting role profiles and assist in conducting a
    gap assessment; Support the Chief of Section on continuous staff
    development (through external training, internal knowledge sharing
    sessions, etc.)
  • Ensures compliance with
    IPSAS and full transition to the Umoja way of doing business; Ensures that
    the established IPSAS compliance monitoring and internal control framework
    is fully implemented by all teams; Report findings and make
    recommendations to Chief of Section, Financial Services and Compliance
Others Duties
  • Undertakes research and
    analysis of financial policies and procedures; make recommendations for
    changes and/or modifications
  • Acts as an Approving
    Officer under Financial Rule 105.4 in adherence with the UN Regulations
    and Rules.
  • Acts as a Finance
    Functional Approver for provisioning of Umoja Finance roles for RSCE &
    RSCE client missions under the sub-delegation of Authority from the Chief,
  • Ensures the integrity of
    financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them.
  • Provides support with
    respect to representation of the RSCE in meetings of legislative organs
  • Plans, organizes, manages,
    guides, trains and supervises the work of the Team assigned. Plan and
    oversee the management of activities undertaken by the team;
  • Provides policy guidance
    to the Chief of Section, Financial Services and Compliance Monitoring on
    conceptual strategy, development and management of the implementation of
    overall strategies of RSCE Financial policies and procedures

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for
    the United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) Finance Officer job
    placement should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or
    equivalent) preferably in finance, business administration, accounting 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
  • At least seven (7) years
    of progressively responsible experience in finance, accounting and
    financial reporting, analysis and interpretation of financial results,
    cost recovery and control monitoring, is required.
  • Knowledge of International
    public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is required.
  • Experience in use of ERP
    or SAP is required.
  • Experience in supporting
    international operations involving military/security, logistics,
    infrastructure development, or a similar undertaking is highly desirable.
  • Experience in working in a
    shared service centre or other centralized support is desirable.
  • Experience working in a
    United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping,
    political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes)-or similar
    international organization or non-governmental organization- in a conflict
    or post-conflict setting is desirable.
  • Experience with financial
    management or accounting in an international setting is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency
    in English is required. A working knowledge of French is desirable.

  • 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, 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.
  • 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
  • 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 and interested Ugandan candidates
should send their applications through the United Nations online portal at the
link below.
Deadline: 30th October 2019
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