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Finance Assistant, Multiple positions

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: LICA-3, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Administrative support
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-28

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - BSSC

The UNOPS Bangkok Shared Service Centre (BSSC) is a Shared Services Centre (SSC) unit established for the purpose of providing internal, global, cost-effective transactional services which enhance the operational capacity of UNOPS and standardize systems and procedures. The BSSC, among other functions, carries out high-quality transactional services within the area of personnel contract administration and payroll.  

Background Information - Job-specific

Under the direct supervision of the Payroll Manager and Payroll Accountant, the Finance Assistant ensures effective delivery of global payroll accounting, ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Finance Assistant provides technical expertise for the processing of payroll for UN Staff Members in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. The Finance Assistant promotes a client oriented approach in providing payroll services to UNOPS and its partners.

The Finance Assistant works in close collaboration with other offices to resolve complex accounting and payroll issues and ensure consistent service delivery. He/she works in close collaboration with the Programme, Operations and project teams in the field offices and UNOPS HQ staff ensuring successful performance in payroll financial management.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

·         Support in administrative and payroll related tasks

·         Support in producing payroll reports and queries

·         Knowledge building and knowledge sharing


1. Support in administrative and payroll related tasks, including following responsibilities:

·         Perform a variety of repetitive and routine tasks and duties related to Payroll

·         Ensure that documents and supporting files are accurate, complete and properly filed for audit purposes

·         Support to the day to day payroll transactions

·         Create receipts and initiate payments in UNOPS ERP System

·         Process payments relating to salaries in UNOPS ERP System

·         Check that payment to Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) holder is in compliance with vendor profile and the terms and conditions of the ICA agreement

·         Prepare all relevant supporting documentation for the Team Lead to review payment vouchers

·         Interact with colleagues to exchange information on administrative issues and seek co-operation

·         Maintain accurate records (hardcopy and online) of all project document for easy reference and retrieval


2. Support in producing various payroll reports and queries focusing on the following results:

·         Accurate payroll data resulting in reduction of recoveries, advances and other exceptional payments

·         Timely and accurate determination and processing of payments

·         Audit checks and balances for due diligence and financial accountability within the Financial Rules and Regulations of UNOPS

·         Maximize the use of technology to keep the client informed of their payroll elements and changes thereto



3. Support in facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following results:

·         Participation in the trainings for the operations/ projects personnel on Payroll

·         Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

·         Shares knowledge and experience

·         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 standard tasks and duties related to payroll, accounting, collecting and preparation of documentation, data input, transactions tracking, filing, provision of information

·         Ability to review data, identify and adjust discrepancies

·         Ability to produce accurate and well documented records conforming to the required standard

·         Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints

·         Knowledge of UNOPS Financial and HR rules and procedures

·         Strong IT skills

Leadership and Self-Management

·         Ability to adhere to work assignments and meet designated deadlines.

·         Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback

·         Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

·         Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

·         Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

·         Solicits feedback from staff about the impact of his/her own behavior


Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education: Completion of secondary school or equivalent. A BA or MA degree may substitute required years of work experience.

Experience: 1.5 years of experience in supporting a payroll, accounting and/or HR administration.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2003 and/or newer versions) and experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements: Fluency in written and oral English. Knowledge of the second UN working language is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA 3
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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