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Chief, Financial Accounting & Donor Reporting, D1

Rome (Italy)


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.

We are currently seeking a Chief, Financial Accounting & Donor Reporting (D1 level) based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy.


Within the Resource Management Department, the Finance and Treasury Division is tasked to provide assurance, advisory and financial services to internal and external stakeholders in support of WFP’s operations. The Finance and Treasury Division is seeking to strengthen the financial accounting and donor reporting area with a new position of Chief, Financial Accounting & Donor Reporting at D1 level to be responsible for both General Accounts branch and Contribution Accounting & Financial Donor Reporting branch. The position reports to the Director of Finance and Treasury.  

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The new Chief, Financial Accounting & Donor Reporting position will lead and oversee the activities of the General Accounts branch and Contribution Accounting & Financial Donor Reporting branch. This role is key to the provision of assurance to WFP stakeholders. The new position is to better leverage the close linkage of these two key accounting and reporting areas in the context of the new budgetary and results architecture that will be fully implemented by 2019.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Manage and oversee the proper maintenance of accounting records as well as the preparation of the quarterly and annual financial statements in compliance with IPSAS and WFP's Financial Regulations and Rules.
  • Ensure WFP accounting policies and procedures are up to date and in conformity with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Ensure any new IPSAS developments and new standards are properly implemented in line with their effective implementation dates.
  • Ensure that WFP’s chart of accounts is maintained and updated on a regular basis.
  • Provide financial accounting advice, guidance and support to HQ Divisions, Regional Bureaus, and Country Offices and ensure that the design and implementation of financial policies and procedures meet the requirements of these stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the relationships with key governance and oversight bodies, including the External Auditor, Audit Committee, FAO Finance Committee and Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), for financial accounting and related audit issues. 
  • Oversee financial donor reporting in accordance with donors’ requirements ensuring accuracy, deadlines and compliance with accounting processes and corporate governance guidelines.
  • Oversee implementation of policies and procedures for donors’ contribution accounting and financial reporting for all types of grants.
  • Lead the design and implementation of financial management reporting to senior management with accurate and timely financial information to support resource management decision making.
  • Lead, plan, coordinate the work of the two aforementioned branches, motivate a team of staff, provide coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.



  • Master’s Degree, preferably with a specialization in financial management, accounting, budgeting, business/public administration, or a related field, or a University Degree with additional years of experience. 
  • Professional accounting qualification (CA, CPA, ACCA or equivalent).


  • Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese. 


  • A minimum of 13 years of progressively responsible experience in financial management, accounting, budgeting, or a related field.
  • Demonstrable relevant experience managing the preparation of financial statements and related financial reporting requirements using international accounting standards (preferably IPSAS)
  • Experience in a large international organization, multinational corporation and/or similar enterprise
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex, technical issues in a clear and concise manner to all stakeholders, including governance & oversight bodies, donors and senior management. 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of diverse humanitarian aid and development practices with a particular area of technical expertise.
  • Ability to manage, coach and motivate diverse teams and deliver effectively through others to achieve results.
  • Excellent financial management skills and commercial acumen, with the ability to leverage partnerships to optimize resources for WFP.
  • Extensive knowledge and application of international accounting standards.
  • High caliber negotiation and motivational skills, with the ability to influence at senior levels within and beyond the organization.
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate potential strategic impact.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, rental subsidy, 30 days annual leave and 10 holidays, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details on the United Nations common system of salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit: http://icsc.un.orq/resources/pdfs/sal.

Non-rotational Position:

Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however currently classified as "non-rotational" which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is re-classified as rotational.


30 September 2018


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.

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: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Banking and Finance
    • International Relations
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-30

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