Finance and Budget Assistant
Dar es Salaam
Org. Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Tanzania (POTZA) with duty station in Dar es Salaam, under the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Law Enforcement Expert coordinating the Container Control Programme (CCP) based in Dar es Salaam, and in close cooperation with the Finance Officer and the Finance Assistant in ROEA as well as the Global Programme under the overall guidance of the Regional Representative ROEA.
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Within assigned authority, the Finance and Budget Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provide support with respect to the review, analyses and preparation of the projects budgets, workplan, budget submissions for the Container Control Programme (CCP) in the region and support headquarters submissions.
• Prepare supporting documents (narrative and supporting tables) with respect to finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
• Track, monitor and verify expenditures and compare with approved budget; prepare adjustments as necessary.
• Ensure timely review and budget releases for the CCP, as well as monitoring of available funds in the system.
• Review requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
• Assist in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures and the reconciliation of expenditures.
• Co-ordinate with all project staff on related issues during preparation of expenditure reports.
• Provide support to higher level Officers in the development of budgets for project proposals.
• Ensure timely monitoring and completion of related reporting obligations, payments for the ongoing implementation.
• Collect and verify reports from UNODC implementing partners, including financial reports and make the proposals for the subsequent funds disbursements in line with the donor requirements.
• Review, analyse and process payments to third-parties, commercial entities and individuals.
• Prepare and submit relevant requests for delivery and payment of contractual and procurement services and ensure tracking and monitoring of all relevant expenditures.
• Ensure that the asset register is accurate and up to date.
• Review the asset register and make necessary adjustments as required.
• Support senior Officers in carrying out annual asset verification.
• Keep up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to the Container Control Programme, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
• Assist in drafting or preparing correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
• Maintain and keep up-to-date files.
• Perform other work-related duties, as assigned.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Has knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyze and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Is able to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Team Work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.Job - Specific Qualification
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite, i.e. is required, for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.
The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.
Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
A minimum of seven years of experience in finance, budget, accounting, and administrative services in programme management or related areas is required.
Work experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required.
Work experience with SAP/Umoja is desirable.
Work experience within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=GP
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