Under the direct supervision of the Head of Support Services, the Finance Officer acts as an advisor to Senior Management on all aspects of financial management and operations. This includes strategic financial resources management, within UNOPs rules and regulations. S/he leads the financial management operation, ensuring financial integrity of the Business Unit’s programmes/ projects operations, consistent delivery of efficient and effective financial management services to the client office, primarily, Budget Preparation and Management; Cash Management and Treasury functions; and Control of Accounts and Payments**. Leading and guiding the Business Unit Financial management Team, s/he fosters collaboration within the team, with programme staff and with other stakeholders with a client-oriented approach , covering primarily the implementation. The incumbent provides solutions to a wide spectrum of complex financial management issues, maintains oversight over the financial management of projects promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach.
1. Implementation of operational and financial management strategies
Ensures the implementation of operational and financial management strategies, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Proper management of the contributions management and accounting for contributions to ensure that funds due to UNOPS are properly identified, consistently and uniformly classified, recorded on a timely basis and received with sufficient supporting documentation.
Performance of appropriate role in Enterprise system for transactions approvals and bank reconciliation.
Approvals authority of pending disbursements (cheques, bank transfers, EFT) and bank reconciliations.
Monitoring of financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions and investigation of anomalies or unusual transactions. .
Member of bank signatory panel.
Proper planning, expenditure tracking and audit of financial resources, including extra-budgetary income in accordance with UNOPS rules and regulations
Control of the workflows in the Finance Unit.
Elaboration of the framework and conditions of contributions within the Business Unit’s resources mobilization efforts.
Elaboration and implementation of cost saving and reduction strategies.
Monitoring of financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions, and investigates anomalies or unusual transactions.
Informs supervisors and other UNOPS staff at Headquarters of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained.
2. Budget management and organization of the cost-recovery system
Manages the project budgets and organizes an optimal cost-recovery system focusing on
achievement of the following results:
3. Control of CO accounts
Ensures proper control of CO accounts focusing on achievement of the following
results in compliance with IPSAS and UNOPS policies and procedures:
4. Control of CO accounts
Ensures proper CO cash management focusing on achievement of the following results:
5. Team Management
6. Knowldege building and knowledge sharing
Masters Degree or equivalent in Finance or Business Management or Business Administration or related fields is required.Or Bachelors Degree in Finance or Business Management or Business Administration or related fields with an additional two years of experience.
Minimum of five years of work experience in accounting with responsibility for project accounting and/or preparation of financial statements is required. Skills in Accounting and Financial Statement are required.Knowledge of UNOPS financial rules and regulations is an advantage; working knowledge of ERP is desirable and financial management, using electronic systems, environment is desired.
Full knowledge of the English language is essential
Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
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UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.