Entry Level UN Assistant Project Control Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Position No.: 10028858
Reports to: Head of Sub-Office
Vacancy Notice: 018/2018
Duty Station: Hoima, Uganda
Post Grade: NOA
About UNHCR:
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.
The primary functions of project control are to complement programme
management and provide support for oversight of projects including the formulation
of a monitoring plan, quality assurance, and verification. Other activities of
project control include: review of project agreements, project audit,
monitoring that there is synchrony between financial and operational
performance, participation in multi-functional monitoring activities and
reviews, tracking project risk management, and supporting project closure. It
is essential to maintain segregation of duties between project control and
programme functions for effective accountability and oversight.
Job Summary: The Assistant Project Control Officer will
play a focal role in maintaining harmonious and effective partnerships, and
often interact with implementing partners. As a result, incumbents need to be
very mindful of all dimensions of partnerships in their interaction with
partners (in accordance with the Principles of Partnership, the Code of Conduct
and other relevant documents).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Actively contribute to
    reviewing that project agreements are in conformity with Country Operation
    Plans and UNHCR rules, policies and procedures.
  • The incumbent will
    also contribute to tracking the management of project risks in
    collaboration with the programme unit, and report major risks to senior
  • Pro-actively contribute
    to reviewing, analyzing and verifying Financial and Performance
    Implementing Partner Reports (Part I-IPFR and Part II-IPR), and to
    checking accuracy and consistency between IPFR and IPR, in accordance with
    project agreements.
  • Regularly monitor,
    track and verify that expenditure for direct implementation by UNHCR is in
    line with the approved budget.
  • Carry out reviews of
    the internal control systems of implementing partners and provide advice
    as required.
  • Provide input on
    identified variants, risks and issues to the partner, programme unit and
    escalate to management as required.
  • Offer support to
    ensure 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
  • Build and maintain
    professional relationships with implementing partners.
  • Keep up-to-date with
    all UNHCR rules, regulations and procedures necessary to perform these
  • Perform any other
    duties as required by the Head of Sub-Office.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Assurance of project
    implementation and delivery of expected results within budget/resources,
    timeframe, and in accordance with project agreements is provided.
  • Resources transferred
    to implementing partners are utilized for the intended purposes and in
    accordance with project agreements.
  • Performance delivery
    and financial expenditure reported by implementing partners are accurate
    and consistent.
  • Programme and senior
    management are promptly informed of major variances and risks in the execution
    of projects (budgets, finance, implementation or timeframe).

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate
    for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Project Control Officer job
    opportunity should hold a University Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public
    or Business Administration, Economics or related field, OR university
    degree in another field combined with a professional qualification in
    accounting, auditing or finance (CPA/CIA or equivalent).
  • At least two years of
    previous job experience in the field of accounting/finance, project
    management, business analysis, quality assurance and/or risk management.
  • Good knowledge of
    international auditing standards.
  • Excellent computer
    skills, in particular in MS Office applications.
  • Excellent communication
    and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of
    English and working knowledge of another UN language.
  • Knowledge of United
    Nations financial rules and procedures is desirable
  • Familiarity with the
    workflows of major Enterprise Resource Planning financial modules (such as
    PeopleSoft, SAP or Oracle) is an added advantage
  • Working experience
    with accrual accounting (such as IPSAS or IFRS) is an added advantage
  • Proven experience in
    working in an inter-agency context and in nurturing partnership.
  • Ability to work as
    part of a team but also independently, in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of the UN
  • Ability to work in
    remote areas.
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.
Deadline: 28th March 2018
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