SENIOR FINANCE ASSISTANT
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Resource Planning and Analysis Section of the Division for Special Activities (DSA) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS).
DOS was established to provide global oversight and stewardship of the Secretariat’s operational support arrangements and provides integrated support to operations including stewardship, services, transactions, and surge response.
DSA provides a dedicated cross-cutting capacity to facilitate the Secretariat’s operational support responses focused around facilitating multidimensional solutions to unique and surge-level requirements, strengthening engagement in support partnerships, and continuous enhancement in the efficiency and performance of operational support.
Within DSA, the resource planning and analysis section works across the Secretariat and with Agencies, Funds and Programmes to deliver value for money and enhance the efficiency and performance of the Secretariat’s global operational support architecture. This work has a focus on strong programme management and coordination assistance, data-driven analysis of major resourcing drivers and practices and the comprehensive integration of financial and operational aspects into solutions developed.
This position functions under the general supervision of a P-3 or P-4 Programme Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Finance Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Supports the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; supporting the monitoring and analysis of programme/project development and implementation.
• Undertakes reviews, analyses and preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions; ensures compliance with legislative mandates.
• Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
• Undertakes research, reviews and analysis, and provides support to the comprehensive integration of financial and operational aspects of major resource reviews, requirements and the development of efficiency measures;
• Provides support to partners and clients including assisting in facilitating workshops and other interactive sessions, undertaking research, analysis and the presentation of information gathered from diverse sources, leveraging data analytics and visualization tools e.g. Power BI (or similar), PowerPoint (or similar).
• Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
• Monitors budgetary resources, including the monitoring of allotments, analysis of budget implementation/expenditures and obligations to determine pattern of expenditures, recommending reallocation of funds as necessary, ensuring appropriate recording of expenditures, reviewing agreements and cost plans, ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
• Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to financial management and budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
• Drafts or prepares correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
• Provides guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
• Performs other related duties, as assigned.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Ability 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.
• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• TEAMWORK: 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; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, 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.
• A minimum of seven years of experience in finance, budget, accounting, administrative services or related area is required.
• Experience in data analysis and using business intelligence tools are desirable.
• Experience in the use of Power BI to create reports, dashboards and data analytics is desirable.
• Experience creating and maintaining collaboration platforms (such as Microsoft Teams) 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 desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
• 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 shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
• Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite 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.Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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