United Nations Chief of Unit, Finance Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

United Nations Chief of Unit, Finance Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the respective office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services .

This post is located in the Accounts Section, Budget and Financial Management Services (BFMS), Division of Administrative Services (DAS).

Within delegated authority, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Guides, trains and supervises general service and professional staff in the function.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of financial and budgetary principles and practices, budget development and financial administration of resources. Ability to develop budgetary policies, procedures and new programmes. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches to budgetary matters. 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.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others,correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even if such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility,accountability and decision-making authority;Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member;Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills;Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines;Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff;Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative;Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff;Appraises performance fairly.

    Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration,finance, accounting or related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Certification as a Certified
    Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget or related area is required. Working experience in a supervisor capacity with proof of performance management is a requirement.
  • Experience with complex accounting reconciliation is a requirement. Working experience with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and financial statement preparation is highly desirable.
  • Working experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and finance system such as Oracle or SAP, is desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • Appointment against this position is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
  • The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  • All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

    How to apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.Apply by 9th December, 2018

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

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