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Finance Analyst

New Delhi (India)

Background

Under the guidance and supervision of the Operations Manager, the Finance Analyst is responsible for effective delivery of financial services, transparent utilization of financial resources and management of the Country Office (CO) Finance Unit. He/she analyzes and interprets the financial rules and regulations and provides solutions to a wide spectrum of complex financial issues. The Finance Analyst promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
 
The Finance Analyst supervises and leads the staff of the Finance Unit. The Finance Analyst works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and project teams in the CO and with UNDP HQs staff and Government officials ensuring successful CO performance in Finance.

 

Impact of Results: 
 
The key results have an impact on the overall CO efficiency in financial resources management and success in introduction and implementation of operational strategies.  Accurate, thoroughly researched and documented financial information, timely and appropriate delivery of services ensure client satisfaction and enhance UNDP credibility in use of financial resources.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions: 
  • Implementation of operational and financial management strategies
  • Projects’ budget management and organization of the cost-recovery system
  • Control of CO accounts
  • Control of CO cash management
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
  • HACT Implementation
 
1. Ensures implementation of operational and financial management strategies, and adapts processes and procedures, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Full compliance of financial activities, financial recording/reporting system and audit follow up with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies; implementation of the effective internal control, proper design and functioning of the financial resources management system.
  • CO Finance business processes mapping and elaboration/establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Finance, control of the workflows in the Finance Unit.
  • Continuous analysis and monitoring of the financial situation, presentation of forecasts for development and management projects.
  • Elaboration of the framework and conditions of contributions within the CO resources mobilization efforts.
  • Elaboration and implementation of cost saving and reduction strategies.
  • Quality control of CO requests and supporting documents submitted to GSSU
  • Routinely monitors financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions, and investigates anomalies or unusual transactions. Informs supervisors and other UNDP staff at Headquarters of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained.
 
2. Manages the project budgets and organizes an optimal cost-recovery system focusing on achievement of the following results:
 
  • Financial resources management through planning, guiding, controlling of the resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Preparation and monitoring of budgets of management projects.
  • Establishment of the development projects’ budgets preparation/modification monitoring system, control of budgetary status versus authorized spending limits (ASL) and budgets delivery levels.
  • Sending project budget to KK if authorized by the Senior Management (can be done only on the basis of signed prodocs and project budgets).
  • Regular reporting on the budget approvals and the delivery situation of development and management projects;
  • Elaboration of proper mechanisms to eliminate deficiencies in budget management.
  • Preparation of cost-recovery bills in Atlas for the services provided by UNDP.
  • Submission of financial reports to donors on a timely and quality basis
 
3. Ensures proper control of CO accounts focusing on achievement of the following results:
 
  • Elaboration of the internal expenditures’ control system which ensures that documentation submitted to GSSU for processing is in line with UNDP rules and regulations; 
  • Manager level 1 in Atlas.
  • Control of accounts closure
  • Timely response to HQ/GSSU requests to resolve financial data issues.
  • Control of the Accounts Receivables for UNDP projects and maintenance of the General Ledger.
 
4.   Ensures proper CO cash management  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 submission of receipts to GSSU for income application;
  • Daily review of zero-balance account bank statements in Atlas to monitor imprest level; identification and record of contributions.
  • Primary contact with local bank management on routine operational matters including negotiation of exchange rate on replenishments.
  • Member of bank signatory panel.
  • Timely and accurate submission of bank statements to GSSU for B2B reconciliation;
  • Initiation of bank transfers and deals, selecting bank transfers and deals for approval and settlement. 
  • Timely preparation of monthly cashflow forecast for use by Operations Manager. Liaison with UN Agencies to obtain estimate of their cash requirements.
  • Role as cashier for cash disbursements made on site.
 
5. Implement corporate Cash Transfer modalities, including HACT
  • Ensure macro- assessment and Timely micro-assessment as per corporate thresholds
  • Develop CO Assurance plan under guidance of supervisor and ensure implementation
 
6.  Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO and guidance to all stakeholders on financial matters focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Organization/conduct of training for the operations/programme/projects staff on financial management and RBM.
  • Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in Finance.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
 

Competencies

Functional Competencies:   
 
Building Partnerships 
 
Level 1.2:  Maintaining a network of contacts
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
  • Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partners 
 
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
 
Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches
  • Identifies and communicates opportunities to promote learning and knowledge sharing
  • Develops awareness of the various internal/external learning and knowledge-sharing resources
 
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise: 
 
Level 1.2: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position 
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets; manage contributions and investments; manage transactions; and conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery.
  • Possesses knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and applies them consistently in work tasks 
  • Identifies new and better approaches to work processes and incorporates the same in his/her work 
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
 
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
 
Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis
  • Researches and documents ‘best practices’ in organizational change and development within and outside the UN system 
  • Demonstrates ability to diagnose problems and identifies and communicates processes to support change initiatives 
 
Design and Implementation of Management Systems
 
Level 1.2: Research and analysis and making recommendations on management systems
  • Make recommendations relative to work-processing approaches and procedures which would lead to more efficient systems design
 
Client Orientation
 
Level 1.2: Establishing effective client relationships
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly
 
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management

Level 1.2: Basic monitoring
  • Gathers, analyzes and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment 
  • Self-development, initiative-taking 
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work 
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively 
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  • Informed and transparent decision making
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

Advanced (Masters) University Degree in Finance/Accounting, Business, or Public Administration, from an internationally recognized institute of accountancy. Professionally qualified accountants from an internationally recognized institute of accountancy will have a distinct advantage.

UNDP Advanced Accountancy & Finance Test required.

Experience:  

Essential; atleast 2 years of relevant experience, 5 years would be an advantage, in providing financial management and accounting advisory services, managing staff and operational systems Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems and ERP financials, preferably PeopleSoft.
 
Experience of IPSAS and/or IFRS is required for external candidates. 
 
Language Requirements: Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station.
 
 
 

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-18

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