Located in the Finance and Budget Unit in the Executive Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Finance and Budget Officer works under the direct supervision of the Administrative Officer (P4), and the overall supervision of the Executive Officer (P5).
The Finance and Budget Officer will support the Administrative Officer and the Executive Officer in providing effective budgetary, financial, and administrative management and support services to UNECE's sub-programmes to enable the Secretariat to efficiently deliver its approved programme of work and to ensure the efficient and effective use of UNECE's regular budget and extrabudgetary resources in accordance with the General Assembly (GA) mandates and donor agreements, as applicable.
The Finance and Budget Officer will primarily be responsible for drafting all budget proposals for ECE for review by the supervisor (P4), reviewing and supervising the three General Services staff in the execution of their functions, and monitoring the implementation to ensure 100% execution of all regular budget funds, as well as extra-budgetary funds, in line with annual cost plans.
- Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
- Monitors budget implementation rates and recommends reallocation of funds when necessary.
- Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
- Administers and monitors extra-budgetary resources, including review of agreements and cost plans, and ensuring compliance with regulations and rules and established policies and procedures.
- Prepares relevant documentation with respect to budget performance submissions.
- Reviews and makes appropriate recommendations with respect to the finalization of budget performance reports analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
- Provides substantive support to intergovernmental and legislative bodies.
- Manages and oversees the Service Level Agreement billing for administrative services provided by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), which entails the delivery of a range of administrative services to ECE, including financial management services, human resource management services, central support services, and information and communications technology services.
- Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from ECE Divisions.
- Provides support to programme managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
- Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.
- Keeps up to date on documents, reports, and guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme budget, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures;
- Monitors and supervises the work of the 3 General Service staff in the Finance and Budget Unit;
- Performs other related work as required.
Professionalism: Mastery of accrual accounting principles and standards (IPSAS, IAS, GAAP, IFRS, or similar). Ability to synthesise and analyse various sources of data and information and to reach quick and substantiated conclusions based on that data and information. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, or equivalent certification is desirable.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in administration, finance, accounting, business administration or related field is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.