United Nations Chief of Unit, Finance Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Chief of Unit, Finance Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

  • This position is located at the Accounts Unit in the Finance and Budget Section (FBS), under the Division of Administration (DoA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • The Chief of the Accounts Unit works under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Finance and Budget Section.


  • Within delegated authority, The Chief of Accounts Unit will be responsible for the following duties:

    •Manages a complete financial operation, encompassing a wide variety of funding sources, a large volume of transactions, and extensive dispersed activities.

    •Approves/Confirms that proposed obligations or expenditure for services, facilities supplies and equipment expenses, as well as those pertaining to personnel, are in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the UN, relevant appropriations and staffing tables and corresponding approved allotments.

    •Analyses accounts, reviews/prepares regular financial reports. Proposes/implements solutions with respect to problem transactions and irregularities.

    •Ensures that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.

    •Prepares or consolidates financial statements for inclusion in the UN Audited Financial Statements to be audited. Responds to internal/external audit observations. Reviews the financial statements of other entities for which the Controller has certification authority.

    •Produces major/complex financial reports for management.

    •Provides substantive support to the development and implementation of new accounting systems. Takes initiative to improve accounting processes and approaches.

    •Provides data for the preparation of year-end performance reports.

    •Develop work plans for Accounts unit team to ensure that the unit’s goals are met and, trains and supervises general service and professional staff in the unit.

    •Manages the billing, debt management and collection function

    •Oversee asset management and asset accounting activities and provide guidance to the asset team within the Accounts Unit

    •Act as focal point for coordinating responses to internal and external audit comments or queries on accounting, asset accounting, application of IPSAS and FRRs and internal control matters

    •Performs other related
    duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of accounting principles, procedures and standards. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations.

  • Accountbility: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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;

  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or related field is required.
  • A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) or equivalent is desirable.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, finance, budget, or administration is required.
    Knowledge of IPSAS is desirable.

  • Experience implementing complex financial regulations of the UN or an international NGO is desirable.

  • Hands on experience with an ERP system is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable.

  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Chief of Unit, Finance Jobs in Ethiopia

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