Finance Associate, At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree – 3 year(s) experience OR High School certificate- 6 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana is working across the 16 regions of the Country. within the framework of the Government-UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP), which responds to Ghana’s development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnerships by 2030.

UNDP contributes to the achievement of Ghana’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024) and the Ghana Beyond Aid Charter towards Ghana@100 (2057). UNDP in Ghana focuses its development interventions on three main programme areas, and these are Governance and Peace Building, Environment and Climate Action, and Inclusive Development.

An agile UNDP in Ghana that is working and co-creating with partners and communities to accelerate sustainable development seeks to engage the services of a Finance Associate.

The Finance Associate ensures the effective functioning of financial operations and systems in support of the programme and office management. He/she works closely with programme staff, providing financial monitoring and analysis of programmes and advising managers on expenditure trends and implementation rates.

The Finance Associate delivers quality financial services to internal and external clients, mastering all relevant rules, guidelines, processes, and procedures. He/she takes a client-oriented, results-focused approach to interpreting the rules, procedures and guidelines in service of the country programme; providing support and guidance to the Country Office and UNDP supported programmes.

The Finance Associate reports directly to the Finance Analyst (Head of Finance).

The Finance team supports the Country Office (CO) in the promotion of its sustainable development agenda by continuously enhancing CO financial performance, delivering sound management of financial resources, and ensuring strong accountability through informed decision making, effective financial management processes, and transparent financial reporting that complies with international standards and regulatory guidelines

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Ensures implementation of operational and financial management strategies, and adapts processes and procedures in achieving desired results.
  •  Support functioning of the optimal cost-recovery system put in place by the office.
  •  Manage project budgets, provide programme management, accounting and administrative support to the operations of both the Operations and Programmes Units.
  •  Ensure proper functioning of Country Office Cash and Treasury management systems.
  •  Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the County Office

4. Institutional Arrangement

The direct supervisor for this position is the Finance Analyst. Organigram attached in Annex 1


Core Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Business Management

Customer Satisfaction/Client Management

Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy. Look for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests. Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns.

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

Business Management

Working with Evidence and Data

Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.

Administration & Operations

Documents and Records Management

Overall document (hard or electronic) management; registry and retention policy including storing and archiving.


Accounting (General)

Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, regulations, policies and ability to apply this to strategic and/or practical situations.


Financial Reporting and Analysis

Ability to extract, evaluate financial data, derive relevant findings and present them in a meaningful and coherent manner to facilitate effective decision making and performance monitoring.



Ability to examine and verify accounts and records

Required Skills and Experience


  •  Completion of secondary education with specialized certification in accounting and/or finance.
  •  A university degree in finance or accounting is desirable. eKO5EHC BIpnb
  •  Part and full qualified accountants from an internationally accredited institute of accountancy will have a distinct advantage.
  •  Candidates without certification but with relevant experience must complete the UNDP Finance Training and Certification Programme (FTCP), if recruited.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  •  6 years (Senior High School) or
  •  3 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible finance and accounting experience at the national or international level is required.

Required skills

  •  Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheets and web-based management systems such as ERP financials and database packages.
  •  Knowledge in Quantum is a distinct advantage.
  •  Knowledge of IPSAS and/or IFRS is desired.

Language Requirements

  •  Fluency in the UN language of the duty station is required.
  •  Fluency in the national language of the duty station is required for local staff.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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May 2024