NATIONAL POST: Admin/Finance Associate, Colombo, Sri Lanka, G-7

Level: G-7
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 1 July 2019 - 5:00pm(Colombo time)
Duty station: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Job ID: 24098

The Position:

The Administrative and Finance Associate position is located in the UNFPA Sri Lanka Country Office based in Colombo. Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Operations Manager, the Administrative and Finance Associate provides quality services in the areas of finance and budgeting, human resources (HR), and general administration to internal and external clients mastering all relevant rules, guidelines, processes and procedures.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

S/he takes a client-oriented results-focused approach to interpreting the rules, procedures and guidelines, providing support and guidance to the Country Office, external and internal partners.

In support of UNFPA’s strategic direction at the country level, the Administrative and Finance Associate contributes to ensuring effective and efficient application of country office resources through support and monitoring in the following areas:

Finance and Budget Management

General Administrative Services

Human Resources Management

Internal partners include ITSO, to resolve ERP-related queries; Division of Management Services, to resolve budgeting and expenditure issues; FASB, for premises, travel and admin related matters; DHR, for personnel related issues; OAIS, for audit related issues; Policy and Strategy Division and Operations Community, to resolve policy and procedural issues.


Qualifications and Experience


Completion of secondary school education required. First level University degree in finance, business administration or accounting  is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

7 years of relevant experience in finance and administration management in the public or private sector.

Proven ability to interpret financial rules, regulations and procedures and explain them clearly and concisely;

Proven ability to interpret administrative and personnel rules, regulations and procedures and explain them clearly and concisely. Experience in UN personnel and administrative procedures desirable;

Proficiency in use of spreadsheets, word processing and computerized accounting systems and ERP;

Previous experience in the UN, as well as, experience of UN accounting framework and systems is desirable;

Good writing and communication skills.


Fluency in English, and Sinhala or Tamil is required.



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Sri Lanka
Population : 21 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 87%
Girls 90%