Accounts Specialist, Finance Branch, Division for Management Services, New York, P-3 (ROSTER)

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 13 Dec 2021 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York, USA

The Position:

The UNFPA Finance Branch (FB) seeks to establish a roster of qualified Accounts Specialists who can be engaged under fixed-term or temporary appointments, based on needs and availability of resources, in the areas of financial accounting and reporting; financial management and operations; revenue and donor reporting; and statutory, specialized and performance reporting.

The FB It plays a key role in the custody and oversight over the appropriate use of financial resources, and the strengthening of ongoing compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Its portfolio of activities include:

    (a) Global financial management.

    (b) Development of financial management policies, procedures, and guidelines and monitoring of compliance                     therewith.

    (c) Statutory and specialized reporting; and 

    (d) Processing and control of transactions and provision of advice, operational guidance, and support to field                    offices and HQ units in key financial management and operations areas, including:

                 i. Financial accounting and reporting. 

                 ii. Accounts payable. 

                 iii. Payments. 

                 iv. Vendor management. 

                 v. Contributions receivable. 

                 vi. Other accounts receivable. 

                 vii. Collections. 

                 viii. Trust fund management. 

                 ix. Donor reporting. 

                 x. Cash transfers to partners, and

                 xi. Inventory management. 

The FB is also actively involved in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Transformation project, which aims at implementing an integrated and transformational information technology solution, including a new, more agile and flexible Oracle-cloud based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system providing UNFPA with more effective business processes and better ability to respond to evolving user needs. 

Job  Purpose:

As Accounts Specialist with FB, you will have the opportunity to work, as part of a large and diverse team, to allow an effective financial management at UNFPA in support its role as action leader and global champion of reproductive health and rights.

You will work closely with UNFPA field offices and other HQ units, supporting them to put in place effective and reliable financial accounting and reporting and financial management and operations processes in the areas under the purview of the FB.

Qualifications and Experience  


• Advanced degree from an accredited university in Finance, Accounting or related fields.

• An internationally recognized professional accountancy designation, together with a Bachelor’s degree in the above-mentioned fields, will be deemed equivalent to an advanced degree for this position.  

Knowledge and Experience:

• 5 years of experience in financial management, accounting, or related areas, preferably in international settings.

• Experience working with public accountancy firms and/or sound understanding of financial management and operations processes in the United Nations an advantage.

• Experience in drafting financial policies and procedures, standard operating procedures and/or accounting policies an advantage.

• Experience supporting systems implementations, including development of business requirements, data conversion and migration, testing and user training, an advantage.

• Experience working with the Oracle ERP system a significant advantage. 


• Fluency in English required.

• Fluency in French a significant advantage.

• Working knowledge of other official UN languages desirable. 

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