Consultancy - Budget & Finance (Humanitarian Logistics Services) - Rome, Italy
Consultancy – Budget & Finance
(Humanitarian Logistics Services) – Rome, Italy
Are you a Budget and Finance specialist and interested in humanitarian work?
If yes, this opportunity is for you!
Unit/Division: SCOH - Supply Chain Division – Humanitarian Logistics Services (Budget & Finance)
Duty Station (City, Country): HQ
We are looking for candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. We select our candidates on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the largest humanitarian organisation delivering food assistance to over 90 million beneficiaries in over 120 countries and territories, on a yearly basis. With over 5000 trucks, 50 ships and close to 100 planes on the move every single day, WFP, together with its partners, operates a global network to deliver life-saving food assistance to the most hard-to reach places.
The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict, and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence, and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 to the World Food Programme for its efforts to combat hunger and its contribution to better conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Over the past few years, there has been a rapid expansion in the demand for WFP supply chain services both at the field and the global level. This growth in demand has generated a significant increase in the volume of support required to implement these activities. This support is coordinated by the Humanitarian Logistics Services Branch in WFP Headquarters (HQ) who provide the necessary strategic and operational guidance as well as global partner engagement support.
The Budget and Finance Consultant will enable the Humanitarian Logistics Services Branch to meet the increased demand for support to ensure proper financial management of the services.
Under the direct supervision of the Humanitarian Logistics Services - Head of Budget and Finance, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Contribute to the development of a limited number of projects, plans, processes, and procedures ensuring compliance with wider WFP policies and standards.
Create and review limited project budget plans and monitor ongoing project performance against budget, ensuring adherence to guidelines and policies, and providing financial analysis and advice to optimize resources.
Support monitoring fund utilization, advance financing, loan and borrowing/repayment, and refinancing arrangements to alert supervisors about approaching deadlines for potential resource shortfalls/surpluses and propose appropriate solutions.
Monitor actions related to project closure and resource transfer and refer potential issues to the supervisor.
Carry out visits to COs as appropriate and assist in clarifying and improving the proper application of policies and procedures and prepare comprehensive reports on findings with improvement action plans.
Create and review budget and project documentation and ensure relevant resource data is recorded in internal systems for reference, in line with WFP standards and procedures.
Perform reconciliation, journal posting, and document clearances and support the monthly financial closure on a regular basis in accordance with corporate requirements.
Collate and analyze data to prepare accurate and timely reports, to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to senior management, operational needs, and external stakeholders.
Contribute ideas to senior officers for improvement of systems, techniques, tools, processes, and procedures to better monitor and manage budgets and funds.
Support the capacity building of WFP staff on fund management and on the end-to-end implementation of the new service provision solution through training, coaching, answering queries, and updating manuals and training material.
Support the country offices (COs) in performing reconciliations and account analyses related to service provision to ensure IPSAS compliance. This includes monitoring of closing process at the COs and HQ.
Represent the unit at internal meetings/committees/working groups as required, in order to obtain and provide information from a budget perspective.
Perform other related duties as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Statistics, Finance, Economics, and/or other relevant fields, or bachelor’s degree with additional 1 to 2 years of experience.
At least 1 to 2 years of previous experience in the field of Budget and Finance, and in an international organization, preferably WFP is desirable.
Analytical skills and resourcefulness, initiative, and tact in devising solutions to current and potential budget and finance issues.
Demonstrate a good understanding of information and financial systems and how those support the implementation of service provision.
Able to consolidate and share resource budget and financial information in a way that supports decision-making and emphasizes accuracy and consistency in numbers across teams.
Fluent (level C) in oral and written English. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is a plus.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
WFP offers a competitive compensation package that will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.
Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP:
http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Application deadline: 17 August 2022 (midnight Rome time)
Your CV must be submitted in English
Women applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. 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.