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UN Senior Finance Assistant Job Vacancy

UN World Food Programme – Somalia

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Vacancy Announcement No. VA-043/2013

Position Number: 13-0013933

Post Title:  Senior Finance Assistant

Contract type: Service Contract

Post Grade: SC6

Duty Station: Dolo

Duration: One Year (Initial)

Date of issue: 22nd July 2013

Closing Date: 4th August  2013

Organizational background

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for nutrition, livelihoods, relief and school feeding, while also supporting humanitarian air and logistics services, food security coordination and infrastructure rehabilitation projects.

These positions are open to qualified Somali candidates with good knowledge of the local area. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Finance and Administration Officer and the overall supervision of the Head of Country Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Guide, train and supervise junior staff engaged in the processing of returns and financial reports;
  • Participate in providing procedural and technical support to staff;
  • Analyse, control and accurately maintain relevant General Ledger Accounts;
  • Initiate payment processing according to WFP financial rules and regulations;
  • Assist in preparation, implementation, reporting and monitoring of budgets;
  • Brief/debrief staff members on issues relating to financial transactions;
  • Prepare periodic financial and statistical reports;
  • Oversee, provide guidance and validate the input of data into financial related databases;
  • Prepare bank reconciliations, review locally recoverable items, Imprest summaries and funding sheet summaries;
  • Monitor WFP local bank accounts and keep track of balances;
  • Assist in setup and implementation of proper accounting procedures, systems and internal controls;
  • Participate in development and implementation of new financial policies and procedures; assess the impact of changes and make recommendations on follow up actions;
  • Draft or prepare correspondence to respond to enquiries and review correspondence drafted by other assistants as appropriate;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Secondary school education, including or supplemented by course(s) related to the area of work.

Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible work experience, including at least three years in the field of finance, accounting, budget, audit or other related field and at least one year at G5 level or equivalent

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali.

Knowledge:
  • Experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other WFP standard software packages and systems.
  • General knowledge of UN system financial policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Specialized knowledge of WFP financial and administrative rules and regulations and policies and practices in the specific area of work.

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications only according to the following procedures:
Step 1: Create your online CV.
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

Note: You must complete Step 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

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