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

Job Title:    
 Finance Officer
Organization: United Nations Regional Service
Centre Entebbe (RSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: NO-C
Job Opening Reference: RSCE/TJO/FIN/001/01- 2020
Reports to: Service Line Manager, Accounts Unit
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
delegated authority, the Finance Officer will carry out the following duties:
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 members take actions on the
client mission survey findings and UNHQ feedback.
Provide policy guidance to the Chief Financial
Services on conceptual strategy development and management of the
implementation of overall strategies of RSCE Financial policies and procedures
Ensure that accurate accounting records from
IPSAS-compliant trial balances derived, are maintained. Support the preparation
of monthly financial reports up to Trial Balance stage for all RSCE client
missions in compliance with IPSAS standards
Timely review and follow up regarding the root
cause of outstanding reconciling items. Follow-up with client missions to
clarify and clear of outstanding items.
Ensure that monthly bank reconciliation reports
for RSCE and RSCE client missions’ house banks are prepared and all open items
Support the development of accounting manual to
document policies, procedures, and the use of ERP systems.
Ensure that the enhanced internal controls are
implemented by all teams in Service Line and that identified risks are
documented and reported
Ensure Internal Controls testing is conducted
across all Service Lines, and findings reported to Service Delivery Managers
and the Chief of RSCE. Facilitate implementation of RSCE internal controls in
Service Lines.
Undertake research and analysis of financial
policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and/or modifications
Ensure that all team members 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
Support the Service Line Manager on continuous
staff development (through external training, internal knowledge sharing
sessions, etc.). Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the team
Ensure that the outputs produced by the Team
maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on
comprehensive data. Ensure that all outputs produced by the team meet required
standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
Plan, organize, manage, guide, train and
supervise the work of the Team assigned. Plan and oversee the management of
activities undertaken by the team;
Ensure that the established IPSAS compliance
monitoring and internal control framework is fully implemented.
Ensure the integrity of financial and management
systems and the controls that underpin them.
Report findings and make recommendations to
Chief of Financial Services.
Acts as an Approving Officer under Financial
Rule 105.4 in adherence with the UN Regulations and Rules.
Perform all other related duties as required

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 in combination with relevant academic qualifications
(certification/training in finance/Accountancy and an additional two (2) years
of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university
Professional certification/accreditation as a
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant or by a similar professional
body is highly desirable.
Work Experience
For holders of an Advanced University Degree
(Master’s degree or equivalent), at least five (5) years of progressively
responsible experience in finance, accounting, budget, business administration
or related area is required.
A minimum of seven (7) years progressively
relevant responsible professional experience in case of a first-level
university degree is required.
Experience in use and application of IPSAS, IFRS
or other international accounting standards is required.
Experience with financial management or
accounting in a complex organizational setting is desirable.
Experience in SAP Business Objects is desirable
Experience in advanced Microsoft Excel, Word,
PowerPoint and Power BI, and experience in Visio and data analysis and
management, programming or systems analysis and management is desirable
Experience in a shared service center is
English and French are the working languages of
the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required;
Knowledge of another official United Nations
language is an advantage.
Professionalism: 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.
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; 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.
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.
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:
Please note that failure to comply with the below will
render your application invalid for this process.
  • All
    applicants must apply using a Personal History Profile generated from
    INSPIRA (Click Here) as soon
    as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the
    deadline stated in the job opening.
  • All
    applications must be accompanied by the following which MUST be provided
    at the time of submission:
  • Signed
    Personal History Profile (PHP) as generated  from INSPIRA (Click Here) to generate an
    account and the PHP) submitted as a PDF or JPEG attachment to the
  • Latest
    performance evaluation report (for internal UN Candidates).
  • Copy
    of High School Diploma.
  • Copies
    of other relevant certificates and diplomas.
Email details to: rsce2-recruitment@un.org
NB: Please enter the reference of the job
opening in the subject line of your e-mail. Each applicant must bear in mind
that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications will render that
applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening
and evaluation of applications will be conducted based on the information
submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. The position is
Deadline: 13th January 2020
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