Jobs – Finance Officer at United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe

Job Title: Finance Officer
 
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.
The Regional Service Centre, as approved by the Member States, is owned, managed and staffed by the regional missions it serves. This framework reinforces the existing missions’ chain of command structures and lines of authority in a manner that does not create an additional layer between Headquarters and the regional missions. It also ensures that staffing for RSCE will be achieved through the redeployment of resources from the regional missions it serves.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within the delegated authority, the Finance Officer is responsible of the following duties:
  • Offer technical advice, financial interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars.
  • Ensure that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
  • Oversee a unit within Finance Section, encompassing several funding sources, large volume of transactions, and extensive dispersed activities.
  • Monitor that proposed obligations or disbursements for services, supplies and equipment, as well as those pertaining to personnel, are in accordance with UN Financial Regulations and Rules, relevant appropriations and staffing tables and corresponding approved allotments.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Approving Officer and ensure that expenditure, obligations and disbursement are approved and released correctly and in a timely fashion.
  • Intuitively analyze and review monthly financial statements prior to submission to UN Head Quarters (UNHQ) to ensure correctness and completeness of the financial statements.
  • Review and verify that bank reconciliations are completed on a monthly basis for all bank accounts.
  • Review payments, advances and interoffice charges on the basis of proper supporting vouchers and other documents which indicate that the goods and services have been received.
  • Compile and prepare monthly cash projections. Verify periodic cash counts from the
  • Cashier’s imprest or other petty cash funds for submission in monthly reporting.
  • Quickly and prepare responses to internal/external audit observations.
  • Compile and submit major/complex financial reports for management purposes.
  • Take initiative to improve accounting processes and controls.
  • Actively participate in the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting
  • Standards (IPSAS) and an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System.
  • Act as board member in property survey boards, local committee of contracts, or any other local boards as directed by the Chief Administrative Services.
  • Manage the staff under his/her supervision and evaluate and monitor their performance.
  • Perform any other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should possess an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in finance, management, public and business administration, accounting, Economics or other finance related fields; A first level university degree in the above-mentioned fields with a combination of relevant academic qualifications (certification/training in finance) and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.  Professional accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant or by a similar professional body is highly desirable.
  • A minimum of seven years’ responsible experience in finance, public administration or accounting, including significant responsibilities in the management of financial resources and knowledge of internal control systems. Experience in a diverse international environment is desirable. Experience in applying IPSAS or similar GAAP-based accounting standards to financial reporting is highly desirable.
Languages Proficiency: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of French is desirable.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: Effectiveness in implementing accounting policies, procedures and new programs; commitment to implement the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers  outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Communication: Proven and sustained communication (verbal  and written) skills, including ability to prepare  reports and conduct  presentations on key issues by clearly formulating positions  on issues, articulating options  concisely conveying the maximum  necessary  information, making and defending recommendations.
Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly;  gathers  relevant information before making a decision;  considers positive  and negative impacts of decisions prior to making  them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes  a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed  will satisfy the expressed  and underlying needs for the decision; makes  tough decisions when necessary.
Managing Performance: Ability to establish priorities and to plan and encourage performance, and coordinate and monitor work of others, delegate appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.
How to apply for the job: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates for the aforementioned United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe RSCE Vacancy should Apply Online by Clicking the link below.
Deadline: 11th July, 2014
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