Org. Setting and Reporting The post is located in the Field Operations Finance Division (FOFD) in the Office of Programme Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The Finance & Budget Officer reports directly to the Service Chief.
FOFD supports the Controller in exercising accountability for the financial resources made available by the Member States for peace operations, with a currently approved annual budget in excess of US$7 billion. The Division is committed to an ongoing change process to ensure the highest effectiveness and efficiency standards in budget preparation and presentation including the mainstreaming of results-based budgeting. The working environment of peace operations is dynamic, and the FOFD team is committed to meeting the corresponding demands. The main partners of the Division are the field operations, the Department of Peace Operations, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Department of Operational Support, the legislative bodies and troop- and formed police-contributing countries. Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Reviews, analyses and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from (a) Departments/offices at headquarters and in the field, including programmatic aspects; (b) field operations; ensure compliance with the programme plan and other legislative mandates and prepares budgets for field missions as well as backstopping activities.
•Provides detailed input with respect to resource requirements for budget submissions.
•Reviews, analyzes and finalizes program budget/financial implications to the Security Council statements in light of additional mandates.
•Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.
•Issues allotments/appropriations, authorizes sub-allotments/appropriations, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
•Manages and monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary.
•Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
•Prepares budget performance submissions.
•Reviews and finalizes budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
•Supports the Service Chief in meetings of inter-governmental bodies and member state representatives including preparation of relevant materials, documentation and presentations.
•Produces major/complex analyses/reports for Service Chief.
•Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.
•Reviews post incumbency reports for purposes of vacancy management and staffing table control.
•Provides expert advice to the Service Chief on a wide range of issues related to the functions and responsibilities of the Service; keeps the Service Chief informed on all matters requiring his/her personal attention, assists in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled, and ensures appropriate follow-up, as directed.
•Provides advice to others on human resource administration, financial administration and management information issues and practices to colleagues. Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies; prepares various written outputs for the Service Chief, briefing notes, background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, etc.
•Provides advice and guidance, including training, to headquarters and field staff on budgetary and financial policies and procedures, including results-based budgeting.
•Participates in inter-departmental meetings and/or technical survey missions on matters related to resource requirements, programming, financial and budgetary issues.
•Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to finance and budget, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
•Drafts reports for intergovernmental bodies and for management on financial and budgetary issues, and correspondence.
•Undertakes research and analysis of financial and budgetary policies and procedures, makes recommendations for changes and/or modifications.
•Acts as Certifying Officer or Approving Officer in accordance with established regulations and rules.
•Ensures the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them.
•Provides support with respect to representation of the Secretary-General in meetings of legislative organs.
•Represents OPPFB or division in inter and intra-departmental meetings.
•May plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Unit/Section assigned.
•The incumbent may be requested to perform other related duties, including those related to management of the Office of the Directors, support the Director in the consideration of all matters requiring his/her attention; drafting of talking points, papers, briefing notes and special financing reports; undertaking research and analysis and providing assistance to the Director on financial aspects of trust funds and human resources issues in the Division, as well as other tasks.
•Incumbents may be asked to perform other related duties. Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Possesses conceptual and analytical skills including a complete, in-depth grasp of financial principles and practices, with knowledge of budget development, including results-based budgeting, and the financial administration of resources. Ability to provide authoritative advice to senior managers on strategic issues. Accepts additional responsibilities as required by the demands of service; strives for excellence in performance continually; remains composed while working effectively in stressful situations; uses information technology effectively as a tool and resource; demonstrates substantive and technological knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence. 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.
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.
PLANNING & 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. Education An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in accounting, finance, administration, budget, business administration, human resources management or related area is required.
Experience with budgetary policies and practices, financial regulations and rules is required.
Experience in the use of information technology tools for financial analysis and monitoring of budgets is required.
Experience in preparing and writing reports is required.
Experience with the operations of intergovernmental and legislative machinery is required.
Experience in results-based approaches to budgeting is desirable.
Experience in peace operations is desirable.
Experience with financial systems/finance modules or enterprise resource planning (ERP) is desirable.
Experience in change management in a large organisation with international exposure is desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview. Special Notice This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. The appointment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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.
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