Posting Title: Finance and Budget Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 April 2023 – 11 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Finance-OCHA-205395-R-New York (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Central Emergency Response Fund Secretariat (CERF) of the Pool Management Branch of the Humanitarian Finance and Resource Mobilization Division (HFRMD) of the Office of for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. The Finance & Budget Assistant reports to the Finance and Budget Officer in the CERF Secretariat.
Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Assistant will be responsible for the following duties: Budget and Finance:
- Provides support with respect to the review, analyses and preparation of program or project budget proposal and revisions. Prepares supporting documents (narrative and supporting tables) with respect to finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
- Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
- Undertakes research and provides support to higher level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews by senior management.
- Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary.
- Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
- Assists in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
- Monitors integrity of various financial databases.
- Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous budgets to new budget issued.
- Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports, grant disbursements, grant financial reports, refund of unused funds.
- Periodic reconciliation of financial data (Umoja, CERG database)
- Support preparation of request on redeployment of funds and on movement of funds. To Finance Section.
- Perform transactional functions in Umoja for programme or project budget, disbursements, as well as contributions
- Records expenditures and refunds relating to CERF grants in Umoja as well as in CERF database.
- Monitor, maintain and update regularly financial records as required for CERF grants, loans, return of unused funds, voluntary contributions General:
- Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
- Drafts or prepares correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
- Maintain and keep up-to-date files.
- May be responsible for providing guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
- Performs other related duties, as assigned.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
- PLANNING AND 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.
- 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.
EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.
Job – Specific QualificationPassing the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters is required.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of experience in finance, budget, accounting, administrative services or related area is required. Experience with financial functions, including grantor module, of Umoja or other enterprise resource planning system is required. Experience in budgeting and analysing financial reports is desirable. Experience of UN Financial Rules and Regulations is desirable Financial experience with pooled funds such as Central Emergency Response Fund or Country Based Pooled Funds is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish 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.
AssessmentThe evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThe position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and availability of funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff 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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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