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Finance Officer

United Nations
Entebbe, Uganda

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

This position is located in the Accounts Unit of the United Nations Regional Service Centre, Entebbe (UN RSCE), and the incumbent reports to the Service Delivery Manager, Financial Services and Compliance Monitoring Pillar.
  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance or related field is required. A first level university degree in the above-mentioned fields with a combination of relevant academic qualifications (certification/training in finance/Accountancy) and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Professional certification/accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant or by a similar professional body is desirable
Work Experience
  • At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, administration. budget, business administration or related area is required
  • Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds and programmes) or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable
  • Experience with financial management or accounting in an international setting is desirable.
  • Knowledge of internal control systems is required
  • Experience in applying International Accounting Standards such as International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or similar accruals-based accounting standards to financial reporting is required
  • Experience in the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, specifically Umoja (SAP) or similar, is desirable.


  • Plans and oversees and prepares the closing of the monthly and Year-End Accounts of the RSCE client missions ensuring full resolution of all open items, Account Receivables and Payables and Clearing Accounts; Endorses and guides the financial entries for Assets under Construction; Supervise the preparation of monthly financial reports up to Trial Balance stage for all RSCE client's missions in compliance with IPSAS standards
  • Prepares financial reports that informs and meets the need of senior management of RSCE client missions, programme and fund center managers throughout the missions, relevant external stakeholders as well as those acting on behalf of the missions at UNHQ;
  • Provides advice, financial interpretations, adaptations and corrective actions in response to RSCE client missions’ audits and other queries to ensure adherence to the UN Financial Regulations and Rules, Staff Rules, Administrative Instructions, Bulletins and Circulars under the guidance of Chief of Section, Financial Services;
  • Establishes a strong and effective partnership by providing inputs in the development of client mission partnership survey questions pertaining to financial reporting functions; Ensure the quality of the financial reporting and various inputs provided from RSCE meet the satisfaction level of desk officers in UNHQ responsible for the various client missions; Ensure that the team leaders take actions on the client mission survey findings and UNHQ monitoring and control feedback.
  • Continuously improves service delivery by frequently monitoring performance and achieving targeted performance levels; Ensure that accurate accounting records from IPSAS-compliant trial balances derived, are maintained by all teams and Timely review and follow up regarding the root cause of outstanding reconciling items, following up with client missions to clarify and clear of outstanding items.
  • Supports the development of accounting manual to document policies, procedures, and the use
    of ERP systems.
  • Continuously improves process efficiency and drive standardization; ensure that the enhanced internal controls are implemented by all teams in Service Line and facilitate that Internal Controls testing is conducted across all Service Lines, and findings reported to Service Delivery Managers and the Chief of RSCE.
  • Engages and energizes the workforce: Build the skills and knowledge for success; Ensures that all team members in the Service Line complete all mandatory and compliance-related trainings (including RSCE induction and client orientation training); Participate in the workforce planning project, inclusive of Financial Reporting role profiles and assist in conducting a gap assessment; Support the Chief of Section on continuous staff development (through external training, internal knowledge sharing sessions, etc.)
  • Ensures compliance with IPSAS and full transition to the Umoja way of doing business; Ensures that the established IPSAS compliance monitoring and internal control framework is fully implemented by all teams; Report findings and make recommendations to Chief of Section, Financial Services and Compliance Monitoring.
Others Duties
  • Undertakes research and analysis of financial policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and/or modifications
  • Acts as an Approving Officer under Financial Rule 105.4 in adherence with the UN Regulations and Rules.
  • Acts as a Finance Functional Approver for provisioning of Umoja Finance roles for RSCE & RSCE client missions under the sub-delegation of Authority from the Chief, RSCE
  • Ensures the integrity of financial and management systems and the controls that underpin them.
  • Provides support with respect to representation of the RSCE in meetings of legislative organs
  • Plans, organizes, manages, guides, trains and supervises the work of the Team assigned. Plan and oversee the management of activities undertaken by the team;
  • Provides policy guidance to the Chief of Section, Financial Services and Compliance Monitoring on conceptual strategy, development and management of the implementation of overall strategies of RSCE Financial policies and procedures

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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