10 Jan 2018

Finance Assistant

POSITION TITLE| XILKA LA RAADINAYO:

Job Description

Finance Assistant

Career Categories: Administration/Finance
Country: Somalia
City: Garowe
Years of experience: 5-9 years

Closing date: 21 Jan 2018
1. Background and Justification

*Purpose of the Position

Provide support to the country office, as related to the preparation and monitoring of budget estimates, financial transactions, e-imprest, journalization, and liquidation of payments and facilitate the timely transfer of funds for Programme activities. Provide assistance to national and international staff and non staff on all issues related to financial matters.

2. Job Description

*Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective

To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State’s health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.

*Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment)

Under the supervision of the Admin. Officer and general guidance of the WHO Representative work is performed in a typical office environment. The Assistant is a team member; guidance is provided in the form of work programme, account guidelines, administrative and financial instructions. Supervisor/s and lead-worker/s determine priorities on the basis of changing and ad-hoc requirements. Incumbent performs day-to-day routine tasks independently. Complex issues or exceptions from established procedures are discussed and resolved with supervisor. Some judgment and interpretation are involved in determining appropriate methods for processing of the various accounting tasks and in adapting established practices to assigned work. Complete work is reviewed by supervisor (s) for accuracy, adherence to the established procedures and deadlines.

*Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected)

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Administer the E-Imprest system, Ensure proper implementation of financial procedures, systems and internal controls according to Global Management System (GSM) instructions and WHO rules. Select and enter data from variety of documents, ensure accuracy in calculations and attach necessary supporting invoices or receipts of payments and payment authorizations.

Record all expenses and receipts in the e-imprest and reflect it in the GSM in a timely manner. Monitor the unposted items in the cash book and take necessary steps to clear them in coordination with Global Service Center (GSC).

Initiate, verify and process financial transactions and payments for WRO office and sub-offices related to staff and non staff costs, purchase orders, local purchases, etc, based on authorizations received from EMRO and GSC. Process e-imprest transactions and monitor imprest GL’s including processing and reviewing of purchase orders for services – Imprest, DFC’s, GES snd other activities with the aim to ensure accuracy of financial data, adequacy of supporting documents and maintenance of proper accounting records.

Reconcile country office cash books and justify any difference in reconciliation; prepare cash counts and to reconcile with the cashbook on a monthly basis

Follow up on the transfer of program funds and award budgeting GSM workplans. Monitor awards expiry dates, alert responsible staff, and initiate action for expenditure batches. Review and follow up on encumbrances and unapplied receivable balances, process and monitor revisions of amounts vis-à-vis award distribution by SO/OWER

Compare cash books with bank statements to compute gain and loss in exchange rate on monthly basis and liaison with officials of local banks to obtain day-to-day information on exchange rates, Prepare financial tables, special reports and other ad-hoc reports. Initiate correspondence and answer queries related to area of work.

Update and maintain financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions.

Replace and assist other colleagues in the team and perform other related financial and administrative duties as required

Achievement Activities Include:

§ Clean statement of account are submitted to Budget and Finance Office, EMRO, through maintaining internal expenditure control systems which ensures completeness of required documentation/approvals/clearances.

§ Funding/budgeting problems are identified and reported, discrepancies are reported to project managers and alternatives to ensure alignment and compliance with business rules and financial practices.

§ Financial records are monitoring systems are maintained to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, statements and other data for day to day transactions. Updated and well maintained financial filing systems and records (electronic and hard copies).

3. Recruitment Profile

Competencies: Generic

Describe the core, management competencies required – See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.

*1. Teamwork

*2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

*3. Communication 4. Producing Results

Ensure effective use of resources
Functional Knowledge and Skills

*Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position

• Sound knowledge of the organization’s policies and regulations in general, and in particular, regarding project activities and financial procedures.

• Very good organizational skills.

• Good knowledge of banking regulations and local laws.

• Proven analytical and effective communication skills.

Education Qualifications

*Essential

Completion of secondary education; training in business administration/commerce and or technical courses in a field related to the work performed.

Desirable

Bachelor degree in accounting, commerce or business administration is an asset.

Experience

*Essential

At least five years of related experience in accounting and/or administrative work.

Desirable

Relevant experience in the UN system

4. Use of Language Skills

Languages

English Read: Expert Knowledge [X] Required [ ] Desirable

Write: Expert Knowledge

Speak: Expert Knowledge

Local Language Read: Expert Knowledge [X] Required [ ] Desirable

Write: Expert Knowledge

Speak: Expert Knowledge

French Read: Intermediate Knowlege [ ] Required [X] Desirable

Write: Intermediate Knowlege

Speak: Intermediate Knowlege

Other Considerations (e.g. Physical Workplace Condition, if other than normal office environment; IT Skills; etc.)

Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.

Knowledge of ERP/Oracle applications is an asset

HOW TO APPLY:
Your application should be send to the address below indicating the position applied in the email subject by close of business Tuesday 21 January 2018. It should include a cover letter & a detailed CV hard copy or as one document in PDF format with your contact details.

WHO Garowe Sub Office

in UNCC Garowe in Wadajir village

Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia

or send by email:

munyeh@who.int

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