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Finance Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-27

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The overall objective of APR within the Department of Finance (FNM) is to provide policy guidance and support throughout the Organization and to manage the production of WHO annual financial statements and accompanying reports. APR ensures the integrity of the Organization wide.


The incumbent is responsible for contributing to:

1- Monthly fund analysis, reconciliations and reporting.

2- Setting-up, funding and monitoring staff entitlement work plans.

3- Preparing quarterly staff entitlements fund reports.

4- Reviewing and monitoring planned costs, award distribution and award budget for staff entitlements work plans.

5- Processing and tracking separation by mutual agreements (SMAs).

6- Reconciliation of assigned general ledger accounts, incl maintaining records7- Managing external audit SharePoint site / other tools.

8- Preparing status reports on pending recommendations, aging, open audits.

9- Provide support to external auditors including liaising with the Global Service Desk to timely create profiles and secure access to ERP.

10- Acting as a back-up to upload journal vouchers and prepare expenditure batches related to GL team work. 11- Other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.



Essential: First university degree in accounting or finance related area.
Desirable: And advanced level university degree in one of the above mentioned areas. CPA or equivalent preferred.


Essential: A minimum of 2 years of relevant practical experience in the field of accounting or finance. Experience with an ERP system, such as Oracle.
Desirable: Experience in a large multinational organization.

Progressively responsible administrative experience in WHO and knowledge of its structure, administrative procedures, and expenditure & financial accounting desirable.

Previous experience working with SharePoint, an advantage.

Exposure at the international level.


High level of analytical skills and ability to handle a large volume of work accurately under time constraints; ability to communicate effectively; deal patiently and tactfully with people ofdifferent national and cultural backgrounds; demonstrated skills and proficiency in the use ofcomputers and information technology, especially spreadsheets. Understanding of complex structures, administrative procedures, expenditure and financial accounting. Work requires keeping up to date with new/changing procedures, regulations and systems. Strong skills in advanced Excel functions, such as pivot table, VLOOKUP-up and others.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 48,805 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3551 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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