UNESCO JOBS ADDIS ABABA- FINANCE ASSISTANT
Post Number : 6ETEDPA024CB
Grade : G-5
Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)
Duty Station: Addis Ababa
Job Family: Finances
Type of contract : Project Appointment
Duration of contract : 1 year
Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-JUN-2023
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
(ONLY CANDIDATES WHO ARE ENTITLED TO WORK IN ETHIOPIA MAY APPLY TO THIS POSITION)
DURATION OF CONTRACT: 1 YEAR WITH POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND PERFORMANCE.
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Under the overall authority of the Director of the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) and direct supervision of the Finance and Administrative Officer, the incumbent shall serve as Administrative Assistant in the Administration unit and shall assist in the execution of the administrative functions of IICBA in ensuring application and compliance with the rules, regulations, policies and practices of UNESCO are in place.
- Act as certifying officer up to the authorized level delegated by the CFO. Responds to queries and advises the various project teams, officers, managers and staff on application of organizational rules and procedures governing all functional areas under the post’s responsibility (i.e. budget and finance, physical assets, logistics and safety). Undertakes specialized support activities in these functional areas and provides senior level support to Office management.
- Briefs project staff on general administrative matters and practices. Advises and assists project officers in office management and participates in meetings on day-to-day finance and administrative matters. Assesses utility of guidelines and procedures, identifies areas where current procedures prevent effective/ timely project and programme delivery, proposes changes and recommendations in keeping with the rules and regulations.
- Provides regular and ad hoc financial and budgetary support to all programme staff to support informed decision making.
- Regularly interacts with Office staff (Head of Office, programme and administrative staff) and with colleagues from HQ ADM corporate services (BFM, HRM, OPS) and regional/ cluster office, as applicable.
- Contacts with beneficiaries, suppliers, UN agencies and local authorities are for the purpose of collection and exchange of information on the status of various transactions and for follow-up of issues.
Finance & Budget Accountabilities
- Provides financial accountability and control with respect to the funds administered by the Office establishing and maintaining ledgers and accounting records for various project accounts. Ensures correct and timely analysis, reconciling, investigations and reporting of project accounting data.
- Assists the Project Officers and Coordinators and other project staff in the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions; provides inputs into the preparation of allotments; monitors budget implementation/expenditures to ensure that they are within authorized level and in compliance with rules, regulations and procedures. Analyses project expenditure patterns and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary. In Collaboration with the AO, Certifies disbursements up to an authorized level. Administer day to day project budgetary issues and advises project officers accordingly.
- Reviews and reconciles various clearing accounts to ensure proper balances relevant to project budget. Verifies various accounting transactions and checks bank statements against disbursements to ensure correctness of computations. Processes and monitors payments, verifies contract’s invoices against the goods and services provided relevant to extra budgetary projects. Prepares regular expenditure schedules/statement and quarterly/ year-end/ biannual statements for all project and programme under IICBA.
- Liaises with project officers and other professional staff on the preparation of project financial statements and improvements to the quality of project financial reports. Monitor and advise on the financial status of projects and programs.
- Coordinate with programme assistant and help in the implementation of activities and ensuring documentation process for contracting, payment process and vendor creation are complete.
- Assist programme and programme assistants in organizing meetings and events by arranging meeting facilities, travel arrangements and protocol related tasks. Assist missions of IICBA staff with travel arrangements, visas and other necessary related tasks.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
- Secondary education in business administration, accounting or related field
- At least 5 years of professional experiences in the domain of finance and/or administration at national or international levels.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- Work involves provision of specialized administrative support services covering a series of financial, budgetary, including maintenance of project accounts, calculation and compilation of financial data as well as generation and preparation of routine reports.
- While work objectives and methods are well-defined, there is a requirement to exercise judgement and to consider the intent of transactions, to identify anomalies, inconsistencies and errors and determine the corrective actions to support sound financial, budgetary and HR practices normally reviewed for accuracy and compliance with the established practices, procedures and instructions.
- Independently processes a series of financial, budgetary and other administrative records.
- Good knowledge of mechanisms of project management.
- Excellent sense of communication, including capacity to draft correspondence with external partners.
- Organizational and coordination skills, as well as ability to take initiatives.
- Sense of confidentiality, discretion, tact and diplomacy.
- Excellent knowledge of English and the working language of the the duty station.
- Advanced training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: accounting, public administration, business administration or other related areas would be an asset
- At least 2 years previous professional experience within United Nations agencies
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- Flexibility and ability to adapt to working hours and work priorities;
- Capacity to use information tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, Intranet, Internet, etc.);
- General knowledge of UN Rules, Regulations and administrative procedures;
- Practical knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system Excellent understanding of the functioning of an Institute would be an asset.
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS
UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc
For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.
SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.
The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.
UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
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