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UNFPA Finance Assistant Career Opportunity

Vacancy No: VA/FPA/SOM/02/2011
Post Title: Finance Assistant
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Duration: 1 Year, Renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds
Level: GS5
Duty Station: Nairobi
Closing Date: 21 February 2011
Organizational Unit: UNFPA Somalia Country Office
Organizational Context:
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.
UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the guidance and overall supervision of the Operations Manager, the incumbent  provides financial and administrative support services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. He/She promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNFPA rules and regulations.
He/She works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the Country Office and UNFPA Field Offices to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

Summary of Key Functions:
·         Implementation of operational strategies
·         Accounting and administrative support
·         Programme support
Ensures implementation of operational strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
·         Full compliance of financial/administrative processes and records with UN/UNFPA rules, regulations, policies and strategies.
·         Input to the CO business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Finance in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.
Provides accounting and administrative support to the Finance Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:
·         Proper control of the supporting documents for payments and financial reports for UNFPA projects; preparation of all types of vouchers for projects and Field Offices; PO vouchers and payment execution.
·         Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas; travel claims, MPOs and other entitlements are duly processed.
·         Timely corrective actions on un-posted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers.
Provides support to the Programme Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:
·         Verify supporting documents for new vendors/partners before submission for approval; create vendor data base for Somalia Country Office.
·         Liaise with relevant staff on verification of supporting documents for project payments and follow up REQ till submission of payment to UNDP.
·         Take timely corrective actions on un-supported payment requests, including travel F10 claims, consultant’s fees, etc.
·         Maintenance of the proper filing system for finance records and documents.
·         Verify and ensure administrative practices are consistent with applicable rules and procedures.
·         Perform any other duties as and when required.
Core Competencies:
·         Demonstrate commitment to UNFPA’s mission, vision and values
·         Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
·         Place UNFPA interests first and foremost, including resisting political and personal pressure. Demonstrate personal commitment to UNFPA’s mandate and vision.
·         Show respect, tact and consideration for different cultures in all communications.
·         Work collaboratively with colleagues inside UNFPA, as well as with UNFPA partners and other stakeholders.
·         Remain calm, composed and patient, regardless of her/his own state of mind.
·         Avoid engaging in unproductive conflict.
·         Set high personal standards and drive to achieve them.
Functional Competencies:
·         Ability to plan, prioritise and deliver tasks on time;
·         ability to participate effectively in a team-based information sharing environment;
·         acceptance of additional responsibilities and capacity to work under pressure;
·         high client service orientation;
·         high initiative to solve problems;
·         excellent analytical skills;
·         excellent communication skills.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
·         Shares knowledge and experience.
·         Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
·         Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to financial resources management, including screening and collecting documentation, financial data processing, filing, provision of information.
·         Strong IT skills.
·         Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new system.
Leadership and Self-Management:
·         Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
·         Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
·         Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
Qualifications and Experience Required:
·         Secondary Education with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance.
·         University Degree in Business or Public Administration desirable, but not a requirement.
·         3 to 5 years of relevant finance, experience at national or international level is required.
·         Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, and experience in handling of web -based financial management systems,e.g. ATLAS.
·         A good command of the English language, both written and spoken.
Applications with a current CV and P11 ( marked: “VA/FPA/SOM/02/2011 –“Finance Assistant” on the envelope should be addressed to:
The Representative
UNFPA CO Somalia
P.O. Box 28832, 00200
Nairobi, Kenya.
OR Email address:
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNFPA  will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life.  We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.’

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