UN Finance Officer Jobs - United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (UNRSCE)

Job Title:                 Finance Officer
Organization: United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (UNRSCE)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Job Opening Number: RSCE/GJO/FIN-NOC/007/06/2017
Reports to: Chief of Unit
Grade: NO-C

About UNRSCE:
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 RSC.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Finance Officer will carry out the following duties:
  • Oversees the timely processing of vendors invoices, staff entitlements including claims, danger pay, daily subsistence allowance, mission subsistence allowance for Government Provided Personnel, Civilian Police and Staff Officers, volunteer living allowance and any other allowances for payments in conformity and adherence to applicable United Nations policies e.g. staff rules, financial regulations and rules, ST/AI issuances or practices or practices, IPSAS policy framework etc.
  • Oversees the disbursement processes of the RSCE or the Client Missions as appropriate; monitors the house bank account balances and transaction summaries; manages cash flow requirements; Liaises daily with the UN Treasury at HQ for the oversight on payments of vendors and personnel related payments released by the RSCE.
  • Provides 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 under the guidance of the Service Delivery Manager.
  • Takes part in developing inputs to the UN’s legislative processes for consideration of the Centre’s financing requirements by FBFD, Controller’s Office, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly.
  • Regularly monitors performance against RSCE Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and all Service Level Agreements (SLAs) applicable to assigned areas of responsibilities.
  • Actively contributes to the development of the Service Line’s annual budget, particularly with respect to the establishment of major resourcing priorities, prepare cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of the Service Line’s resourcing requirements such as non-staff requirements, including programmatic aspects; review, analyze and revise data with respect to the finalization of the budget proposals as well as Results Based Budgeting inputs.
  • Takes part in the preparation, review and finalization of budget performance reports in compliance with the Legislative requirements and recommendations and Controller’s instructions; reviews and ensures valid variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Acts as a Certifying Officer under Financial Rule 105.5 or Approving Officer under Financial Rule 105.4 in adherence with UN Regulations and Rules.
  • Keenly reviews and verifies completeness of documentation supporting invoices and payment requests.
  • Approves and creates profiles in payroll systems.
  • Supports the development with a communication strategy with a provision of input related to their Service Line for RSCE dedicated intranet page on Finance issues as required.
  • Mentor and supervise Finance Assistants in the team and provide appropriate technical guidance and mentoring to the team members.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) Finance Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced University Degree, preferably in the field of finance, business administration or in a related field is required. An additional professional qualification in finance, accounting or audit is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. An additional professional qualification in finance, accounting or audit is desirable. For holders of a Master’s Degree, at least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in finance, administration, business administration or related area within a national and / or an international Organization is required.
  • In case of a Bachelor’s Degree a minimum of seven (7) years progressively relevant professional experience in finance, administration, business administration or related area within a national and / or an international Organization is required.
  • Significant exposure and experience working in financial management, audit or accounting in within an international organization or non-governmental organization - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
  • Previous experience with financial management, audit or accounting systems and management in an international setting is desirable.
  • Prior experience in a shared service center is desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency in English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.

Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Formulates effective financial operations through the provision of timely support with respect to a well-formulated financial plan and peacekeeping budget proposals. 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. 
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:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their applications with the following documents:
  • The United Nations Personal History form (P-11), Download Here; This should be signed
  • Copies of academic certificate (s) and/or High School Diploma
  • Latest performance evaluation report (for internal UN Candidates)

The applicants with the completed documents are strongly encouraged to apply via e-mail and must include the Vacancy Announcement Number (check beginning of this advert) and Job Title to: rsce2-recruitment@un.org

Deadline: 30th July 2017

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