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Unit Head (Accounting) (P4)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Administrative support
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-20

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Organizational Setting

The Division of Budget and Finance manages the financial resources essential for full implementation of the IAEA's scientific and technical programmes. The Division provides financial services and solutions for programme budgeting, treasury, payments, payroll, financial accounting and reporting to support the IAEA's mandate. The Finance and Accounting Section maintains and monitors all accounts for the IAEA, monitors and reports on the receipts of assessed and voluntary contributions, and prepares the IAEA's financial statements and other reports to the governing bodies and Member States.


Main Purpose


Reporting to the Section Head, the Unit Head is responsible for the issuance of the IAEA's annual audited financial statements and oversees the relationship with the External Auditor. She/he ensures that the IAEA’s accounting policies and processes are in compliance with the IAEA’s Financial Regulations and Rules and in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). She/he implements, monitors and reports on the IAEA’s Internal Controls framework.




The Unit Head is\: (a) a team leader, ensuring the provision of efficient and effective service; (b) an analyst of complex cases related to accounting matters, making relevant recommendations, and; (c) a specialist, providing specialized knowledge in relation to financial policy and change management activities.


Functions / Key Results Expected


  • Develop and maintain the Agency’s accounting policies to ensure compliance with the IAEA’s Financial Regulations and Rules and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
  • Develop and maintain the Agency’s Internal Controls framework in order to prepare the Agency’s first Statement of Internal Control that describes the effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Plan and prepare the annual financial statements for the IAEA and its related entities to obtain unqualified audit opinions.
  • Manage the relationship with the IAEA External Auditor.
  • Lead and develop an innovative and effective team.
  • In close collaboration with the team ensure the development of accounting systems and other innovative change initiatives to improve accounting processes and enhance related internal controls.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance on financial reporting, internal controls and other complex financial matters to management.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
Planning and Organizing Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.
Communication Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.
Achieving Results Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.
Teamwork Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.
Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Finance Budget and Financial Management In-depth knowledge of several areas of financial management.
Finance Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system Knowledge of Oracle or similar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
Finance Finance Principles and Practices Effectiveness in interpreting existing financial policies and in developing new ones.
Finance International Public Sector Accounting Standards Strong knowledge of accounting especially IPSAS (International Public Sector Accounting Standards) and internal controls principles.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


  • An advanced university degree in financial management, business administration, accounting or a closely related field. A university degree in financial management, business administration, accounting or a closely related field with three years of additional work experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree. Certification from a recognized accounting body (e.g. ACCA, CA, CPA, CMA) is mandatory.
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in accounting, finance or related field, including at least three years being responsible for the preparation of financial statements in a comparable organization (international organization, public sector, non-profit organization or equivalent).
  • Adherence to principles and values\: high standards of integrity, fairness and transparency to ensure and promote a work environment based on mutual respect and trust.
  • Supervisory experience is desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.




The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 38669, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values)\: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process



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