UN Jobs – Head of Finance and Support Services – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About WFP:
United Nations World
Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting
hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger
in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes
to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and
children, can access the nutritious food they need. In emergencies, WFP gets
food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict
and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to United help
communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million
people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the
global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships
necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions,
especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.
Job Summary:  The Head of Finance and Support Services leads
all aspects of finance, budget, administration, and technology. The ideal
candidate should have strong technical knowledge and experience required to
identify, analyse and resolve complex financial issues. They should provide
technical expertise, advice and solutions that support strategic results, and
formulate new strategies and technical approaches where appropriate. This
position reports to the Deputy Country Director, IRM.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Contribute to the
deliveries of Country Wide Priorities, CSP outcome, and actively participate in
the UGCO CMT.
·       
Support
the corporate finance and resource management strategies, through supporting
the development of strategically aligned policies, and participating in key
programmatic initiatives, and embedding value for money in these initiatives
through advice on financial assessment, reporting and accounting.
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Determine
indicators to measure cost efficiency and effectiveness, and report for
assessment outcomes within the units.
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Provide
support and advice to Management and other staff in administration, budgeting,
financial issues and regularly prepare reports for enhanced and objective
strategic decisions.
·       
Lead WFP
positioning within the UN OMT and BOS roll out.
Lead and manage the
Finance, Administration, ICT, and Budget Programming Units.
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Propose
and implement innovative financial, administrative, technological, budgeting
and resource management policies, plans and solutions to achieve programmatic
goals, improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations, minimise risk, and
align services with business objectives.
·       
Coordinate
the delivery of accurate financial reporting and analyses in accordance with
International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), ensuring accuracy,
deadlines, accounting processes and corporate governance requirements are
aligned with the Organization.
·       
Design, monitor
and analyse budgets for new and ongoing projects according to established
corporate procedures and requirements. Operational budgets are prepared,
allocated, monitored and variance analysis is carried out on a regular basis
and shared with management.
·       
Enhance
resource analysis reporting and support activity managers embrace available
reporting tools for informed decision making. Conduct crossed functional
training in resource management to understand key regulation related to
contribution, CSP planning and budgeting, expense/ cash-flow, and reporting.
·       
Build
cohesive and strong team within and across Finance, Administration, ICT, Budget
Programming units through management of work plans, communications and
performance monitoring. Organize, encourage staff participation in training
that support the career aspiration, and development plans.
Strengthen and
efficiently manage internal business controls of the Uganda Country Office and
sub offices and ensure adequate controls in place for cash based transfers.
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Maintain
up to date UGCO delegation authorities, enhance visibility and accountability
through clear composition of committee and SOPs
·       
High
financial risks transactions per financial dashboard, covering cash management,
accounts receivable (vendor and staff) management, accounts payable management
and upstream procurement management are actioned upon.
·       
Together
with relevant units, review and strengthen the management of Cash Based
Transfers. Assess the CBT financial strength of service provider, obtain
financial guarantee and monitor the performance in aligned with contractual
agreement.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
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The
ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Head of
Finance and Support Services job vacancy must 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 equivalent.
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Has
experience in multiple specialized financial areas.
·       
Has
managed complex financial operations, administration and budgets in large
country offices.
·       
Management
of large teams with varied strengths.
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Language:
You are fluent in oral and
written English. You have an intermediate knowledge of another UN language
(French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working
languages).
Skills:
·       
You have
strong technical knowledge and experience to identify, analyse and resolve
complex financial issues.
·       
You are
able to provide technical expertise, advice and solutions that support
strategic results.
·       
You have
the capability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches where appropriate.
·       
You have
excellent written and verbal communication skills.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) are encouraged to apply online at the link below
Deadline: 20th September 2020
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