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Assistant Finance Officer

El Gedaref (Sudan)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: El Gedaref (Sudan)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Administrative support
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants. Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment. Assistant Finance Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Finance Officer provides technical support with the processing of financial transactions, and monitors compliance with UNHCR and UN Financial Regulations and Rules.

In operations that do not have a Project Control Officer at Country or Multi-Country level the Assistant Finance Officer must also perform oversight responsibilities with regard to the execution of projects.

The incumbent directly supervises general service staff.


All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


Duties
- Contribute to the assessment of budgetary needs for administrative budgets (ABOD); monitor and control ABOD expenditure in the office.
- Analyze, evaluate and control disbursements/receipts, as well as expenditure variances against approved budgets.
- Review vouchers, including ABOD and project disbursements.
- Propose monthly cash requirements for the office, and ensure adequate and timely replenishments of funds;
- Contribute to the preparation and processing of monthly accounts.
- Provide financial status reports to supervisors.
- Analyze and evaluate financial reports within the area of responsibility on a regular basis.
- Maintain relationships with local bank at the transactional level.
- Ensure that payments are effectuated by the monthly deadline.
- Ensure that monthly accounts are correct and approved, and ensure timely monthly bank reconciliations, including open items, review and clearance of unwanted requisitions and PO balances.
- Conduct regular checks of petty cash and cash accounts.
- Verify that all financial transactions are correct and in accordance with UNHCR rules and procedures.
- Prepare office-level financial expenditure reports submitted to the Regional Bureau or Headquarters.
- Approve vouchers, including ABOD and project disbursements.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Accounting; Finance; Public Administratin
Business Administration; Economics; or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Internal Auditor (CIA) Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential
Excellent computer skills, in particular in MS Office applications. Excellent communication skills.

Desirable
Working experience of at least one year in an intergovernmental organization (United Nations or similar). Good knowledge of United Nations financial rules and procedures. Good understanding of accrual accounting (such as IPSAS or IFRS). Working experience with PeopleSoft/Oracle Financial modules.

Functional Skills
*FI-Finance - Accounting
FI-Finance - Accrual accounting (IPSAS/IFRS)
*IT-Computer Literacy
*FI-Finance
*IT-MS Office Applications
FI-PeopleSoft Financial Management
UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures
EX-Experience in intergovernmental organization (UN or similar)
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.




All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== The political context in Sudan remains complex, diverse, and fast-changing necessitating high levels of political sensitivity and solid coordination and communication skills. The operations in Sudan includes emergency response, regular refugee programmes, IDP support (emergency, durable solutions), voluntary repatriation, statelessness, and special projects, for example peacebuilding support funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. UNHCR Representation in Sudan has presence in five main regions of Darfur, Kordofan, East Sudan, White Nile Kosti, Blue Nile. The Representation Office in Khartoum provides overall strategic guidance and implementation of the operations, security, policies, and liaison with key Government stakeholders, donor communities, UNAMID/UNITAMS, UNCT/HCT and NGO partners. The Representation Office in Khartoum provides an oversight of activities in Sudan being supported by 15 offices; four Sub Offices, seven Field Offices, three Field Units and Damazine office that is being opened. The security threat level for most locations of Sudan remains moderate to high risk due to the number of security incidents, such as recurrent demonstrations all over Sudan as a result of the economic challenges and heightened insecurity, particularly in locations of Darfur and Kordofan states.
The Asistant Finance Officer will be working under direct supervision of the Finance Officer in Gedaref. In this context, accurate and prompt advice and decision are expected to enable effective and timely support.
The incumbent of this position should:
¿ Interact with Supply unit and Program Unit for timely initiation of supplier payments, and facilitation of procurement activities.
¿ Experience in providing financial support to on MSRP, FOCUS and interpretation of financial rules and guidelines are needed.
¿ Supervise and build the team of finance/Admin staff and provide on job trainings.
¿ Assist to review/analysis of ABOD and incorporating/suggested changes.
¿ Assist in managing periodic changes in DOAP.
¿ Skills in Finance and Administration-related issues to be able to undertake the functions effectively, while working in a very challenging and difficult operational environment.
¿ Have the capacity to understand the context of the operation and facilitate work within established guidelines in coordination with all relevant units and stakeholders. 
¿ Experience in an emergency operation and ability to provide administrative support including fleet management.
Gedaref is classified as E non-family duty station. The Gedaref Sub-office covers 3 refugee camps in eastern Sudan: Um Gargour in Kassala state, Um Rakuba in Gedaref state and Tunaydbah in Gedaref state with an additional fourth site planned for opening very shortly.  Gedaref also has two transit centers ¿ Hamdayet in Kassala state and village 8 in Gedaref state. Gedaref field office which was decommissioned in 2019 and  reactivated Nov 2020 to support staff responding to emergency in Ethiopia emanating from the conflict in the Tigray region. These respond to needs of the new arrivals which were settled in the newly established two camps Um Rakuba and Tunaydbah, to ensure continuous access for PoC, monitoring activities in the camps, and facilitating liaison and coordination with local authorities.  Gedaref Sub-office has two guesthouses with about 26 international staff including the emergency response team and about 60 national staff. Both guesthouses are equipped with satellite TV and with a common room has a 55 inch flat TV screen and BeIn satellite decoder. Gedaref have two approved UNDSS hotels Al -Rabwah hotel and Almotwakil hotel. Food stuffs are  readily available in  local markets and you can eat/buy at two restaurants usually in the evenings. Bottled water and water dispensers are recommended as the quality of the tap water in Gedaref is hard and salty therefore bodywash and soap that can lather in hard water are recommended. There is a resident UNHCR doctor in Gedaref, and a backup doctor to support when away, t as government hospital and private hospitals in Gedaref state are not of the established UN standards. In case of emergency the UNHCR doctor will support with evacuation processes to this end the Sub-office will shortly acquire an ambulance. There are no recreational activities in Gedaref and internet connectivity even though stable but can be erratic at times. All the guesthouses have UNHCR internet connections and the office is working on having a consistent fiber internet connection. Inflation rate continues to fluctuate, and standard of living is high. Gedaref is usually hot but cold during the raining season with possible of flooding. Staff are strongly recommended to bring with them books, sun screen, windbreakers, gumboots, mosquito nets as well as Malaria medication. The closing date is 19 September 2021.
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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