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Current Opportunities at United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)

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Current Opportunities at United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)

Finance and Budget Assistant

Responsibilities

BUDGETING:

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  • Prepares supporting documents (narrative and supporting tables) with respect to finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements.
  • Assists managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.
  • Undertakes research and provides support to higher level Finance & Budget Officers with respect to budget reviews of relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
  • Monitors expenditures and compares with approved budget; prepares adjustments as necessary.
  • Reviews requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged, and (b) availability of funds.
  • Assists in preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget performance reports, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Verifies accuracy of input data, ensuring consistency of data in previous allotments to new allotments issued.
  • Co-ordinates with other finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.

ACCOUNTING:

  • Creates accounts payable financial documents in line with the financial rules and regulations.
  • Reviews and analyses of various accounting data, financial statements input and preparation of reports.
  • Prepares supporting financial documents and ensures completeness, accuracy and validity of requests in line with applicable policies, procedures, rules and regulations before submission to Supervisor.
  • processes accounting adjustments and corrections in line with requests submitted by Clients and approved by the Supervisor.
  • Analyses and clears open item managed accounts (OIM) in the ERP system (Umoja), initiate and coordinate corrective follow on action.
  • Performs reconciliation of general and sub ledger accounts and clears suspense accounts.

PAYROLL AND BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION:

  • Performs Payroll comparison and data validation of simulation runs (in HANA Payroll Analysis Tool); Prepares Payroll data for monthly mass upload files (direct payroll deductions/payments).
  • Audits various accounting transactions, e.g., payroll, education grants, final payments, income tax returns, etc. to ensure correctness of disbursement and adherence to relevant staff rules, financial regulations and rules, ST/AI issuances or practices.
  • Provides information to Pension Fund participants and beneficiaries on participation entitlements and benefits and prepares year end pension schedules for financial statement reporting;
  • Monitors all insurance transactions including those involving participants on non-Headquarter payroll but covered under Headquarters insurance plans.
  • Monitors all insurance transactions including those involving participants on non-Headquarter payroll but covered under Headquarters insurance plans.

GENERAL:

  • Keeps up to date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
  • Maintains and keep up-to-date files.
  • May be responsible for providing guidance, training and daily supervision to other general service staff in the area of responsibility.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.
  • Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
  • Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Competencies

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  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply financial rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment; Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyze and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions; The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management; 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.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

Education

  • Completion of secondary education/ high school diploma is required. Supplemental courses/ training in finance, administration, project management or related field is desirable. A recognized accountancy qualification (e.g. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA) is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years (7) of experience in finance, budget or related area is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced by two years for candidates who possess a first level University degree.
  • Experience with the Human Capital Management (HCM) module of SAP, PeopleSoft, or similar ERP system is required. Experience in processing payroll in an international organization is desirable. Experience working with a large global organization’s systems and procedures is desirable. One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

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