Finance Officer (Cash Based Transfer) P3 - FIT Pool - All Locations

Apply by 8 July 2018
Mid-level , Field assignment
Posted on 8 June 2018

Job Description

To manage stewardship of WFP’s resources, coordinating financial risks assessment, including provision of policy and procedural guidance to the implementation of the Cash Based Transfer (CBT) interventions. Support to implementation of innovative strategies and technical approaches on CBT interventions in order to ensure that assistance to Beneficiaries is undertaken in the most efficient and effective way. To establish team priorities and work plan.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Support corporate finance and Cash Based Transfers (CBT) strategies by contributing to the development of corporate policies and procedures in consultation with Headquarters (HQ) relevant divisions, participating in key functional and cross-functional initiatives, and embedding value for money in these initiatives through advice on financial assessment, reporting and accounting.
  • Participate in technical working groups ensuring functional participation in various cross-functional discussions on CBT related procedural and business process requirements at Country Office (CO), Regional Bureau (RB) and HQ levels.
  • Participate in HQ and RB-lead reviews and validations of organizational CBT-related regulatory framework gaps, constraints and /or risks and assist in development of corporate and functional strategies to address identified issues and procedural needs.
  • Support WFP efforts to expand the use of CBT Special Account through liaison with relevant units in HQ, RBs and COs as well as external counterparts on establishment of CO CBT Special Accounts; including provision of regular oversight over its performance, cost efficiencies and identification of areas of improvement and enhancement.
  • Participate in CBT related risks analysis of WFP operations with an objective to identify and address organizational exposure to risks, collection and dissemination of lessons learnt.
  • Support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities lead by Finance function, including development of relevant presentations and training materials.
  • Support the alignment of CBT activities with the Integrated Road Map, specifically the Financial Framework Review through provision of regular support and technical assistance to the relevant staff at RBs and COs, including WINGS transactional and business process requirements.
  • Perform CBT-related budgeting and cost effectiveness analysis.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other tasks as required


  • Advanced University degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related fields, or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of related work experience plus membership in an international recognised professional accountancy body such as Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPA) or equivalent.


  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible postgraduate professional experience in finance;
  • Experience in roles with great independence, decision making authority, supervision of staff and managing complex budgets;
  • Professional experience in working with financial services providers (for example banks, micro financing institutes or mobile telecommunication companies) on delivery of services to clients or beneficiaries;
  • Experience in undertaking risk assessments of financial services providers and provision of guidance on risk mitigating factors.


  • Fluency (level C) in both spoken and written English
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).


  • Previous experience working with Cash Based Transfer intervention in the humanitarian sector is desirable
  • Experience in implementation of Cash Based Transfer in emergency operations is an advantage
  • Experience in contributing to the development of financial risk management policies and procedures on embedding value for money through advice on financial assessment, reporting and accounting


Selected candidates will be placed in the FIT Pool and may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations. The FIT Pool membership will last 2 years.

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are rotational which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational. Professional level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years, mobility is the essence of

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post
adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

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Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

About the Organization

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive Basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving foundation required for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 16,000 people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is offering life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise.

The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for a professional international career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in going to any of our 80 countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations, when the need arises.

A FIT Pool member is placed on the pool for a period up to 2 years during which he/ she is considered with priority each time WFP has a specific need for a Fixed Term International Professional staff member in his/her functional area and level.

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