Finance Officer (Fixed-term NOA)
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You will support the stewardship of WFP’s resources through preparation and monitoring of budgets, forecasting, analyzing, reporting on key data and providing basic administrative support to enable effective management of funds. This is a regional office position, 75% of your time will be spent on managing the regional office finances whilst 25% will be spent on supporting our country offices in the region.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Support corporate finance and resource management strategies and major ongoing corporate initiatives, participating where appropriate using finance and resource management expertise.
- Contribute towards the development of regional plans and processes, aligned with the wider WFP finance strategy.
- Report on key data for financial status and outcomes of projects in accordance with corporate governance requirements, ensuring accuracy and deadlines.
- Monitor functional unit budgets and report monthly on the status to unit heads.
- Review bank reconciliations, process payments for the regional bureau and some country offices, clear receivables, overall cash management and monthly financial closures on a regular basis in accordance with corporate requirements.
- Where necessary cover the work of country office Finance Officers who are on leave and deliver core, administrative services working with contractors and following standard procedures to provide cost-effective, quality and timely services to WFP staff.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES CONT'D
7. Where necessary perform basic human resource, functions related to your unit staff, recruitment of local staff, training and performance evaluation.
8. Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting, providing management with financial, staffing and resource consumption information to enable them to make informed decisions.
9. Track and collate data to support others to improve policies, systems and procedures in order to minimize financial risks, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations and ensure services are aligned with business objectives.
10. Contribute to the development and update of standard operation procedures to guide delivery of services in your unit including financial controls, supporting periodic risk and internal control assessments to identify areas which may present potential audit, compliance or financial risks.
11. Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral and support to them.
12. Represent the unit/RB at internal or external meetings and events with other UN agencies, banks and other financial institutions or other partners and entities as required.
13. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond to emergencies.
14. Other roles as required by supervisor or the organization.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related fields, or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of related work experience.
Language: Fluency (level C) in both written and oral English and Arabic.
Experience: At least 3 years of relevant post graduate experience in the finance field
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Experience in budgeting and resource management
- Experience implementing accounting and internal control processes.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
- Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
- Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
- Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
- Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
- Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
|Capability Name||Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level|
|Internal Controls & Compliance||Utilizes understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance and ensure data integrity.|
|Performance Budgeting, Reporting & Analysis||Analyzes budgets and forecasts to support the development of recommendations for senior leadership on financial and business planning matters in accordance with Value for Money principles.|
|Resources Management (People, time, assets, etc.)||Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders.|
|Financial Management & Accounting Principles||Applies knowledge of financial and accounting principles and practices to ensure compliance with WFP policies, applicable procedures and accounting standards.|
|Supply Chain and Operations Knowledge||Applies working knowledge of WFP programme and supply chain principles to develop and/or review project budget plans.|
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
JOB TITLE: Finance Officer
TYPE & LEVEL OF CONTRACT: National Fixed-term - NOA
DURATION & START DATE: 1 year, renewable
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC), Cairo, Egypt
REPORT TO (JOB TITLE): Regional Finance Officer
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
No later than Wednesday, 26 January 2022
All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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.