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Finance Assistant

Lima | Peru

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Lima | Peru
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: Closed



Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Temporary > Temporary Assignment/ Appointment

Hardship Level

A (least hardship)

Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Target End Date


Job Posting End Date

September 20, 2023

Standard Job Description

Finance Assistant Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Finance Assistant is normally supervised by an Admin or Finance Officer who defines work objectives and provides regular advice and guidance. The incumbent¿s workload and the assignments will remain under constant scrutiny and direction of the supervisor. The incumbent also refers to UNHCR Manuals and relevant policy papers on financial issues. The incumbent assists with the processing of financial transactions. S/he keeps frequent contact with staff at various levels in the office and with bank officials and suppliers to exchange information. 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 - Financial transactions and reconciliations are processed in line with relevant policies and procedures. - Assist newly arriving or departing international staff members on opening/closing bank account; process their entitlement upon assignment. - Compile and verify budget and accounting data by checking files, calculating expenditure and estimating projections. - Issue PO and non-PO vouchers including monthly salaries of UNHCR staff, daily subsistence allowance to staff going on official missions, cost of air-tickets, requisitions of goods and services based on agreements with the suppliers, office running common cost, rental and salary advances, lease agreements of UNHCR offices, etc. - Process on-line bank transfers ensuring that bank accounts of staff and suppliers are complete. - Liaise with other functional units who work closely with Finance Unit on relevant issues. - If applicable, may be required to assist in the preparation of the VAT refund submissions and monitoring of the reimbursable amounts. - Maintain efficient and timely archiving system of physical and electronic files to ensure that all documents are accounted for. - May be assigned as the custodian of the office petty-cash. - Draft routine correspondence. - Verify that the financial transactions are correct and in accordance with UNHCR rules and procedures. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For G4 - 1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Not applicable. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Finance; Business Administration; Accounting; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Good Computer skills. Desirable Knowledge of MSRP PeopleSoft application or similar software. Good knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, regulations, procedures and processes. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to the functions of the position. Functional Skills *IT-Computer Literacy IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (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.

Desired Candidate Profile

The Finance Assistant will be located in Lima, Peru, under the Finance Associate's supervision.
The incumbent main responsibilities will be:
• Provide support in the recovery of VAT (for Administration and Programme Unit)
• Collaborate in preparing templates, letters, and other documentation to APCI, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and SUNAT.
• Ensure that the financial documentation sent to public institutions is duly safeguarded in a file for auditing purposes.
The ideal candidate must have proven experience in handling claims of Peruvian taxes and its online platform, knowledge of IPSAS and the complete cycle of accounting, and a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. Previous working experience with international organizations, or INGOs, will be considered an asset.

Person interested in applying for this position should be legally present in the country at the time of application, recruitment, and appointment.

Functional Clearance

This position doesn't require a functional clearance

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level)




Desired languages




Additional Qualifications


IT-Computer Literacy, IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)



Accounting - Other, Business Administration - Other, Finance - Other, HCR Learning Program - UNHCR

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