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Finance Officer, National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme (NUPRP)

dhaka

Background

National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme (NUPRP) is to provide support towards contributing to balanced, sustainable growth and reduction of urban poverty in Bangladesh. NUPRP will work nationwide and cover poor people living in slums and informal settlements in cities and towns in Bangladesh. Selected NUPRP cities/towns will either be City Corporations and Class A Pourashavas. NUPRP will initially focus on 12-15 cities/ towns in Phase 1. This programme will contribute to ensuring a sustainable improvement in the livelihoods and living conditions of poor people living in urban slums/informal settlements in the following five Outputs. 
  1. Strengthened municipal and national government capacity to deliver pro-poor, climate sensitive, urban   development;
  2. Strengthened community organization in informal settlements; 
  3. Improved livelihoods and well-being;
  4. Piloting options to improve land tenure and developing low cost housing initiatives; and 
  5. Climate smart rehabilitation of small scale infrastructure supported. 
The ultimate intended beneficiaries of this intervention are the poor and vulnerable urban people, now and in future years. Based on evidence outlined in the previous UPPR reviews and similar types of urban interventions in Bangladesh, the NUPRP reasonably expects a wide range of benefits to result from the interventions at community, municipal and national levels. Given the ever expanding size of the urban centres and the populations that will be linked to employment opportunities, interventions targeting urban poor people should affect overall economic growth, income inequality, employment and the poverty situation.
 
NUPRP will commence with an Inception Phase. It will set the foundations of the launching of the National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme, particularly Phase 1 (months 9-32). The objectives of the Inception phase are represented in three key components: Government Relations and NUPRP Management Set-Up, Programmatic Activities and Operations Activities. NUPRP will run for 6 years from 2016 to 2022.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Finance Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Operations Coordinator and guidance of the International Project Manager, and in close coordination with UNDP Finance Unit to achieve the following: 
 
Summary of Key Functions:
  • Implementation of operational strategies
  • Administration of budget
  • Accounting and administrative support
  • Cash management of the project
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
1. Ensures implementation of operational strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Full compliance with UNDP/NIM rules and regulations of financial processes, financial records and reports and audit follow up; implementation of the effective internal control framework.
  • NUPRP Finance business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Finance in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.
2. Ensures administration of budgets focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Preparation and modifications of budgets for NUPRP project management.
  • Presentation of researched information for planning and status of financial resources of the NUPRP.
  • Enter project budget to ERP/Atlas if authorized by the Project Management Team.
3. Provides accounting and administrative support to the project in finance related matters focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Proper control of the supporting documents for payments and financial reports; preparation of all types of vouchers; Pay Cycle request forms and payments 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; payrolls are duly prepared and processed; travel claims… etc and other entitlements are duly processed.
  • Timely accounts closure
  • Timely corrective actions on unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers. Timely response to resolve financial data issues.
  • Maintenance of the Accounts Receivables for NUPRP project.
  • Review quarterly Fund Authorization and Certification of Expenditures (FACE) reports of the responsible parties in light with the guideline of corporate NIM manual and ensure timely submission to UNDP.
4.   Ensures proper NUPRP cash management functioning focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Timely review of cash position for local accounts to ensure sufficient funds on hand for disbursements. Timely identification and recording of receipts for income application.
  • Timely preparation of monthly cash flow forecast for use by Operations Manager, Project Manager and National Project Director. 
  • Monitor the cash management in the project towns through close follow up with the project Finance/Accountant Experts in the field.
5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the NUPRP Project focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Organization of trainings for NUPRP Finance/Accountants Experts in the Towns
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in Finance.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
Impact of Results
 
The key results have an impact on the overall execution of the NUPRP financial services and success in implementation of operational strategies.  Accurate analysis and presentation of financial information ensures proper financial processes in the NUPRP and UNDP CO.
 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies:
 
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Encourages office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UNDP Practice Areas
  • 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 specialized activities related to financial resources management, including formulating budgets, maintaining Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables, making transactions, reporting.
  • Sound knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting
  • 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
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view
Female candidates are encouraged to apply
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • At least Bachelors’ Degree and preferably Masters’ Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or other related fields with CA/CMA course complete.
Experience:
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible finance experience is required with large national or international organizations. 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
  • Proven ability to plan, manage and monitor the effective use and safekeeping of financial resources.
  • Experience of working in UN bi-lateral project with multi donor approach and familiar to work with GoB.
  • Experience of urban set-up (Pourashava/City Corporation) and excellent understanding of donor and GoB compliances of financial management. 
  • Hands-on experience with UN or similar development programme
  • Excellent financial, accounting including auditing and reporting skills as well as exposure in administration of project.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla                                                     

Disclaimer

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: dhaka
  • Grade: SB-3, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Banking and Finance
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-08

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