United Nations Finance and Budget Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Finance and Budget Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

  • UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition

  • Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Programme of Work Finance Unit, Ecosystems Division, the Finance and Budget Officer (FMO), will be responsible for the following functions:


    Managing designated programmes and projects: certifying that proposed obligations or disbursements are:

  • Raised in accordance with existing UN Financial Rules and Regulations;

  • Raised in accordance with the purpose for which the relevant appropriation was approved and the allotment made;

  • Can be met from the available balance of the allotment to the relevant account, with due regard to future expenditure.

    Managing sub-programme resources:

  • Maintaining and updating sub-programme specific management information on the status of the Environment Fund, Trust Fund, Counterpart Contribution allocations, Regular Budget,Trust and Environmental Support Funds; project commitments, proposals, revisions, extensions and expenditure reports;

  • Liaising with implementing external organizations, Ecosystems Branch Managers and Programme Managers to resolve priorities and conflict situations;

  • Liaising with funding organizations on sub-programme related Trust Fund or Counterpart Contributions;

  • Providing input to the Chief of the Unit;

  • Providing ad-hoc reports to the Chief of the Unit or other Ecosystems Division Managers.

    Supporting and facilitating preparation and approval of projects:

  • Coordinating the preparation of projects in cooperation with concerned UN Environment Programme Managers and/or external implementing organizations ensuring that project documents and revisions are:

  • Consistent with the strategies, objectives and goals approved by the Governing Council of UNEP;

  • Consistent with approved UNEP work programmes and management directives, and in accordance with UNEP guidelines on project design;

  • Within allocated resources and in accordance with UN and UNEP financial rules and regulations:

  • Supporting and providing direct professional guidance in all aspects of programme structuring and project design;

  • Providing direct input particularly in the planning of resource utilization and budgets;

  • Facilitating the approval of projects and revisions within UNEP;

  • Coordinating and facilitating the necessary administrative measures required after project/revision approval.

    Managing and monitoring fund management side of the project implementation:

  • Ensuring consistency with policy, agreement, directives, guidelines, rules and regulations in the fund management implementation of approved projects;

  • Soliciting interim and terminal financial reports, reviewing and reconciling reports;

  • Coordinating revision of projects;

  • Controlling project budgets;

  • Maintaining and updating information on the status of project related Counterpart Contributions;

  • Reviewing financial aspects of the project related Letters of Agreement;

  • Approving and initiating disbursement of funds;

  • Reviewing and certifying obligations and disbursement documents;

  • Undertaking administrative and financial action for directly supervised internal projects;

  • Coordinating the actions required for closure of completed projects;

  • Providing information to Programme Managers and Officers and external
    implementer of changes in policy guidelines.


  • 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.

  • Accountability: 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; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in accounting, business administration, finance or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience in finance budget or related area is required.

  • Working experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as Oracle or SAP is required.

  • Working experience in a supervisory role is required.

  • At least three (3) years of experience in management of public funding, grant management and interaction with public sector institutions in an international context is desirable.

  • Experience with complex data analysis, reconciliations and reporting is desirable.

  • Experience with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is desirable.

  • Experience in an international organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

  • NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Finance and Budget Officer Jobs in Kenya

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