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Finance & Budget Officer

Posting Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Job Opening Number: 19-Finance-UNEP-120613-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise: N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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. This position is located in United Nations Environment, Corporate Services Division, Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Chief, Financial Management Service, the Finance and Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities:
Budget preparation:
• Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals for extra-budgetary funded activities, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from divisions /offices at Headquarters and in the field, including programmatic aspects.
• Provides support to managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
• Reviews, analyses and provides input into finalization of programme budget/financial implications.
• Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the relevant Governing Bodies.
Budget administration:
• Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
• Monitors budget implementation and determines/recommends reallocation of funds when necessary.
• Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
• Administers and monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
• Prepares relevant documentation with respect to budget performance submissions.
• Reviews and makes appropriate recommendations with respect to the finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
• Provides substantive support to intergovernmental and legislative bodies.
Financial Management:
• Oversees and manages effective and timely processing of pledges and preparation of invoices for contributions and ensuring compliance to the decisions of the governing bodies of UNEP and UNEP administered Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) as well as those of individual donors.
• Oversees and manages timely and accurate recording of contributions. Manages the unidentified deposits in line with established policies and procedures.
• Manages the establishment of grants and monitors the financial life-cycle of projects including the clean-up of closed projects, grants and trust funds.
• Ensures that UNEP financial records are accurate and up-to-date and that they are properly reflected in the Annual Financial Statements. This includes regular analysis of cash and receivable balances and review of donor reports.
• Acts as Certifying Officer for offices outside headquarters and as a back-up for Certifying Officers of divisions /offices at Headquarters.
General:
• Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme and/budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
• Monitors and supervises the work of subordinate staff as required.
• Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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 when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Education
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, or in a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Qualifications:
·         A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, finance, budget, business administration or related area, is required. Experience in applying private sector or public sector accounting standards such as International Financial Report Standard(s) (IFRS) or International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) is required. Working experience with Systems, such as Application and Products (SAP) system or another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required. Experience preparing Financial Statements is required.
·         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 UN official 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 an initial 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 staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 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 e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.
Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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TV/Video Producer

Posting Title: TV/Video Producer, P3
Job Code Title: TV/VIDEO PRODUCER
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Job Opening Number: 19-Public Information-UNEP-121007-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise:N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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 Communication Division communicates UNEP’s core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in UNEP Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station and reports to the Chief of Content and Client Services under overall supervision of the Director.
Responsibilities:
·         The TV/ Video Producer is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the following duties:
·         Provide guidance to the Multimedia Unit, including support to the unit’s clients, ensuring effective integration of multimedia outputs in the broader conceptualization and planning of communication interventions. Implement the Audio-Visual strategy, bringing state of the art practices, techniques, technologies and approaches to bear on the organisation’s multimedia work. Prepare protocols and procedures to streamline multimedia production and to manage the organisation’s digital and other media assets. Develop a database of partnerships supporting multimedia production, dissemination, distribution, and broadcast.
·         Produce and oversee the production and versioning of multimedia content for the organization, coordinating and supervising the work of internal and outsourced multimedia professionals from relevant fields including photography, filmmaking, animation, data visualization, music, design, translation, ICT, etc. Oversee asset management, dissemination, distribution, and broadcast. Support production research, scripting, direction, and editing.
·         Plan and implement the unit’s work, including executive producer, producer, and director capacities. Provide guidance to the section on multimedia initiatives.
·         Initiate and maintain high quality rosters of, and long-term arrangements with, individual and institutional service providers for all aspects of multimedia production, suiting a wide range of projects and budgets, and positioned to deliver excellent multimedia products on a turnkey basis.
·         Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
Competencies
• Professionalism: Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of audio-visual technologies, approaches and practices for the creation and maintenance of high-quality audio-video material for varied media projects; proven creativity and ability to oversee and develop design that will advance the image and priorities of the UN; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocate 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.
• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks ’’outside the box’’; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
• Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly; 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.
Qualifications:
·         Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in media/multimedia production, production management, film making, or related area 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
·         A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in multimedia, filmmaking, broadcast journalism, communication or related field is required. Experience in international environment is desirable.
·         English and French are the working knowledge of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This position is open for recruitment for an initial 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 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.
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Chief Scientist

Posting Title: Chief Scientist, D1
Job Code Title: Chief of Service, Programme Management
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-UNEP-121061-R-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise:N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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. This post is located in the Executive Office, at the Nairobi duty station. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:-
Responsibilities:
·         Advise the Executive Director and Senior Management on:
·         Scientific aspects of UNEP’s strategic priorities and programme of work set out in UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy;
• Incorporate relevant science in UNEP’s work across its thematic priority areas and ensure coherence;
• Strengthen UNEP’s credibility and visibility in the scientific arena;
• Ensure use of sound science and technology in UNEP initiatives;
• Ensure appropriate communication and collaboration links between UNEP, and the world science community, and global observing systems of key environmental variables;
• Advise effective methods for ensuring that policy relevant findings are disseminated to various stakeholders;
• Ensure mainstreaming science and technology elements in the implementation of SDGs, and the Bali Strategic Plan on Technology Support and Capacity Building;
• Facilitate the design and implementation of research programmes; Ensure engagement of UNEP with networks of scientists and scientific institutions and with existing scientific panels.
·         Contribute to the implementation of UNEP’s mandate and programme of work delivery through the following roles and responsibilities:
·         Promote science that can integrate the environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainable development;
• Prepare regular briefing notes for the Executive Director and UNEP senior management on science and technology progress and implications for the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work;
• Act as the interface between the Executive Director and scientific advisory committees and groups linked to UNEP.
• At the request of the Executive Director, act as the scientific spokesperson for the Executive Director and represent UNEP at high level scientific and technical meetings and intergovernmental/international fora;
• Provide guidance to UNEP staff and research fellows to ensure the scientific credibility of UNEP’s services and products;
• Ensure the scientific credibility and integrity of UNEP’s work;
• Provide scientific guidance to the biennial programme of work development process with the Division of Policy and Programme and the Sub-programme Coordinators and other entities that review the scientific and technical merits and consistency of the programme;
• Advocate effective utilization within UNEP of scientific knowledge, based on the best available research and data, in addressing global issues on the environment and sustainable
development;
• Perform other related duties as required.
Competencies
• Professionalism: Expert knowledge of a broad range of environmental issues, demonstrated capabilities as evident from published scientific papers and experience from scientific programming, scientific assessments, and provision of scientific advice, as well as work experience in the policy domain; Familiarity with issues of relevance to both developing and developed countries and at different scales from global to local; Clear understanding of the science that can integrate the environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainable development; 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 other, 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 keeping people informed.
• Leadership: Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
Considers positive and negative impact of decision prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decision when necessary.
Accountability:Take ownership of responsibilities and honour commitments; Deliver outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality; Operate in compliance with rules; Support subordinates, provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignments; Take responsibility for shortcomings
Qualifications:
An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in environmental science, social science or related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of 15 years of responsible experience in scientific research, environmental assessment, environmental policy research, scientific programme management or related area is required.. Experience in scientific leadership, including a substantial record of publications in leading scientific journals and of providing advisory services to governmental, intergovernmental, scientific or industrial institutions is highly desirable. Experience within the international environment governance system is also highly desirable.
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language would be an advantage.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
This position is open for recruitment for an initial 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 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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 October 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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Programme Management Officer

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 Communication Division communicates UNEP’s core messages to all stakeholders and partners, raising environmental awareness and enhancing the profile of UNEP worldwide. This post is located in the Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the general guidance of the Director, who serves as Publisher, and the supervision of Chief of Section, the Content and Client Services Section, the Public Information Officer (Head Writer) is responsible for the effective and efficient performance of the following duties:
Responsibilities:
·         Programme implementation: Design, plan, develop and implement large, complex communication campaigns (e.g. story harvesting, global promotion initiatives, public information programmes, broad-reaching environment specific issues, etc.); Plan and manage the work to ensure smooth coordination, accuracy of the information and compliance with the content strategy; Provide advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and public information staff on a range of public information issues, methods and approaches; Anticipate and resolve communication/public relations issues/problems.
·         Content preparation: Prepare diverse range of information communication products in support of UNEP’s major campaign initiatives; Write complex materials for various UN Environment newsletters, periodicals, reports and other publications; Write texts to be issued in the name of UN Environment’s senior officials; Write speeches, speaking notes, media advisories, and other content for the use by media; Draft and edit the UNEP annual report; Edit press releases, media advisories and other written outputs drafted by junior officers; Work closely with the communication team in developing key messages and themes for major UNEPevents to promote relevant policy or science messages.
·         Capacity building: Evaluate results and impact of communication activities and report on developments, trends and attitudes regarding UNEP; Build information networks, plan and oversee maintenance of publicly accessible information materials on UNEP; plan and develop outreach activities including capacity building for journalists through workshops and training.
Competencies
Professionalism: Proven competence in writing complex reports, high level speeches, editing and production in the print and electronic and related media; Strong research and analytical skills; Up-to-date knowledge of current affairs, science and environmental issues; Ability to monitor and appraise programme implementation progress against milestones; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box.” Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Qualifications:
Advanced University Degree in Journalism, Communication, Social Sciences or other related field, or a first university degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience is required.
Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in public information, communication, programme management or related field, some of which at the international level is required. Experience as an English writer with focus on environmental and/or sustainable development issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN 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 post is for an initial 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 staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations is 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 e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.
Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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Senior Finance & Budget Assistant

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. This position is located in UNEP’s Corporate Services Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Chief, Financial Management Service, the Senior Finance and Budget Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Responsibilities
1. BUDGET:
• Acting as Certifying Officer on behalf of and in the absence of programme managers at offices outside headquarters.
• Undertaking review, analyzing and preparing of the medium-term plan and its revisions.
• Reviewing analyzing and assisting in the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements, including programmatic aspects; ensuring compliance with the medium-term plan and other legislative mandates.
• Assisting managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
• Undertaking research and providing support to higher level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
• Providing input into the preparation of allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
• Monitoring budget implementation/expenditures and recommending reallocation of funds as necessary.
• Reviewing requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
• Monitoring extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
• Assisting in the preparation of budget performance submissions.
• Assisting in finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
• Monitoring integrity of various financial databases.
• Verifying accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued.
• Co-ordinating with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
2. CLAIMS:
• Reviewing, analyzing and processing payments to third-parties, commercial entities, individuals and troop-contributing countries, with respect to settlement of certified death and disability, contingent-owned equipment, stores, pay and allowances, and letters of assist claims.
3. TREASURY:
• Reviewing incoming payment instructions with regard to banking details and sources of funds.
• Preparing payments for final disbursement by cashier.
• Dispatching payment instructions and cheques to banks.
• Creating receipts and deposits for all incoming funds.
• Notifying payees of status of payments.
• Assisting staff members, fund management officers and donors regarding queries on payment and deposit-related issues.
• Identifying and annotating bank account movements. Monitoring bank balances worldwide.
• Assisting cashier in cash management and investment issues, including cash flow forecasts.
• Liaising with banks worldwide regarding outstanding items and payment instructions.
• Investigating complaints on non-receipts.
• Monitoring cheque stock and orders new stock as required.
• Reviewing inter and intra-unit processes with aim to optimising workflow and customer orientation.
• Monitoring/reviewing methods used to remit payments.
• Assisting in preparation of periodical reports: cash flow, contributions, etc.
• Following-up on audit recommendations.
• Following-up on fraud cases.
• Assisting cashier in the daily operation of the Cashier’s Unit responsible for the transmittal of payments worldwide.
• Filing and archiving as required.
5. GENERAL:
• Keeping up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme and/or peacekeeping budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
• Drafting or preparing correspondence to respond to inquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
• Providing guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
• Performing other related duties, as assigned.
Competencies
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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational 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 when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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.
Education
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional training or qualification in finance, budget or accounting is highly desirable.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.
Qualifications:
·         A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, accounting, administrative services or related area is required.
·         Working experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as Oracle or SAP is required.
·         Experience with data analysis, reconciliations and reporting is desirable.
·         Experience in an international organization such as the United Nations is desirable
·         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 post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take up the appointment.
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.
How to Apply:
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online 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 e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received.. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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.
No Fee
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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