Entry Level UN Jobs – Associate Project Control Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:    Associate Project Control Officer

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

 

About US:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

 

Job Summary:  The Associate Project Control Officer is part of the multi-functional team. In coordination with DFAM’s Implementing Partnership Management Service, s/he is responsible and accountable for providing substantive support, guidance, and oversight on the effective management of the Enhanced Framework for Implementing with Partners (the Framework) as well as oversight on the effective management of Direct Implementation.

 

Complementary to programme management, s/he will support and conduct analysis and assessment of risks associated with partnerships and direct implementation, policy compliance, operational practices, mitigation measures and gaps and make technical recommendations or decisions in line with the principles of the Framework, of UN/UNHCR¿s financial rules, policies and regulations and operational context.

 

The incumbent prompts partnership integrity and other safeguarding mechanisms for ensuring sound stewardship and accountability of funds entrusted to partners or through direct implementation arrangements (e.g. contracts for the procurement of goods and/or services) to ensure resources are used in the most efficient and effective manner to attain the best results for persons of concern.

 

The Associate Project Control Officer will promote dialogue and consultations for strengthening partnerships and have frequent contacts with UNHCR colleagues, particularly project control and programme staff. S/he may have contact with external stakeholders, such as UNHCR-funded partners, auditors, oversight bodies, and host governments on matters related to partnerships. The incumbent will be mindful of all dimensions of partnerships in accordance with the Principles of Partnership, the Code of Conduct, UN/UNHCR¿s financial rules, policies and regulations and other relevant documents.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in the annual assessment and planning cycle.
  • Review that project agreements are in conformity with Country Operation Plans and UNHCR¿s rules, policies and procedures.
  • Formulate and implement a performance project monitoring plan in collaboration with the Programme Unit and MFT.
  • Participate in the development of the direct implementation monitoring plan in collaboration with the Programme Unit and other relevant functions.
  • Support Programme and other relevant functions in the selection of implementation modalities.
  • Track the management of project and direct implementation risks in collaboration with the Programme Unit, and report major risks to senior management.
  • Review, analyse and verify Financial and Performance Partner Reports (PFR and PPR), and check accuracy and consistency between PFR and PPR, in accordance with partnership agreements.
  • Undertake missions within the geographical area of responsibility.
  • Monitor, track and verify that expenditure for direct implementation by UNHCR is in line with the approved budget.
  • Conduct reviews of the internal control systems of partners and provide advice as required.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations of identified variants, risks and issues to the partner, Programme Unit and escalate to management as required.
  • Prepare project control reports with the current status of programme implementation and financial status.
  • Carry out timely project closure in coordination with the programme unit.
  • Provide input to the mid- and end-year programme review process on issues related to project control and risk management.
  • Maintain professional relationships with partners and UNHCR¿s contractors.
  • Keep up-to-date with all UNHCR rules, regulations and procedures necessary to perform these duties.
  • Report on financial and operational performance and risks related to projects and activities under direct implementation, and escalate issues to senior management.
  • Recommend acceptance or non-acceptance of Partner Reports and payment of installments.
  • Advise on improvements related to implementing partnership and direct implementation management and internal controls.
  • Contact partners for project related matters.
  • Perform other related duties as required.




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Associate Project Control Officer job opportunity should hold For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree
  • Field(s) of Education: Business Administration, Economics, Management or other relevant field.
  • Certificates and/or Licenses
  • Accounting;
  • Auditing;
  • Assc Chartered Certificate Account
  • Chartered Inst. Of Management Account
  • Institute of Mgmt Accountants
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Practising Accountant
  • Good knowledge of international auditing standards.
  • Language Requirements: Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

 

Desirable:

  • Working experience of at least one year in an intergovernmental organization (United Nations or similar).
  • Good understanding of the workflows of major Enterprise Resource Planning financial modules (such as PeopleSoft, SAP or Oracle).
  • Working experience with accrual accounting (such as IPSAS or IFRS).

 

Functional Skills

  • PC-Project Control;
  • FI-International Auditing Standards;
  • FI-Auditing practical experience;
  • MS-Monitoring & Evaluation;
  • MS-Data Collection and Analysis;
  • MS-Reporting skills;
  • UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures;

 

Core Competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation

 

Managerial Competencies:

  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Managing Resources

 

Cross-Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Planning and Organizing

 

How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

 

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Deadline: 3rd June 2021

 

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