Finance Officer P4 - FIT Pool - All Locations

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

Job Description

JOB PURPOSE
To manage the stewardship of WFP’s resources, coordinating the work of their team and/or managing the financial management and reporting requirements of regional operations. To leverage expertise to provide innovative strategies and technical approaches to financial matters, in order to ensure that assistance to Beneficiaries is undertaken in the most efficient and effective way.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Support the corporate finance and resource management strategies, through contributing to the development of strategically aligned policies, and participating in key programmatic initiatives, and embedding value for money in these initiatives through advice on financial assessment, reporting and accounting.
  • Advise and support Country Offices in implementing finance, budgeting and resource management policies and plans in order to ensure transparent and efficient utilization of WFP’s financial resources and identify areas for savings in current financial or business processes.
  • Carry out regular visits to Area/Field Offices as appropriate and assist in clarifying and improving proper application of policies and procedures, and oversee preparation of reports on findings with improvement action plans.
  • Coordinate the delivery of accurate financial reporting and analyses in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), ensuring accuracy, deadlines, accounting processes and corporate governance requirements are complied with for the Organization.
  • Oversee the provision of financial assessment of partners, service providers, and other entities as needed, providing conclusions to management to enable them to make informed decisions.
  • Design, implement, monitor and analyse budgets for new and ongoing projects according to established corporate procedures and requirements.
  • Ensure that bank reconciliation, disbursements, clearance of receivables, overall cash management and monthly financial closures are performed regularly and in accordance with corporate requirements.
  • Where necessary, manage and coordinate administrative services, negotiating contracts and following standard processes to provide cost-effective, quality and timely services to WFP staff.
  • Where necessary, manage and coordinate human resource functions related to staff benefits, recruitment of local staff, and training.
  • Consolidate and analyse financial data, identifying potential trends and issues, presenting clear recommendations and influencing management to tackle complex or regional problems.
  • Propose innovative financial solutions to achieve programmatic goals, develop and implement improvements to financial policies, systems and procedures in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations, minimise risk, and align services with business objectives.
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of financial controls and insight into WFP performance, undertaking periodic risk and internal control assessments to identify areas which may present potential audit, compliance or financial risks.
  • Lead, motivate and coach a team of finance professionals and general service staff to enable continued development and high performance.
  • Represent unit/Country Office at internal meetings, external meetings and events with other UN agencies, banks and other financial institutions, or other partners and entities as required.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions such as early warning, risk analysis and contingency planning and make recommendations. Periodically monitor the management of risks and report on any action taken.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Others as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Education:

  • 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 Accounts (ICPA) or equivalent.

Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible postgraduate professional experience in multiple specialized financial areas. Extensive experience in roles with great independence and decision making authority, supervision of staff and managing complex budgets of projects/programmes.

Language:

  • 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).

DESIRED EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Ability to assimilate and analyse complex issues to develop strategies and policies;
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Strong knowledge and experience on application of International Public Sector Accounting Standards

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

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.

To find out more about:

  • WFP’s work: www.wfp.org
  • Compensation: https://icsc.un.org/secretariat/sad.asp?include=ss

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

ABOUT WFP AND THE FIT POOL
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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