NATIONAL POST: Finance Associate, Freetown, Sierra Leone, G6

Level: G-6
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 17 March 2021 - 5:00pm(Freetown time)
Duty station: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Job ID: 35427

The Position :

The Finance Associate delivers effective financial advice and services to internal and external clients, providing finance-related guidance to both Country Office and UNFPA supported projects. 
You will report to the Project Finance Analyst, under the overall guidance of the Operations Manager.

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 :

You will support the management of the resources of the organization. With a thorough understanding of UNFPA’s financial management rules, you will demonstrate a client-centered and results-based approach in the interpretation and implementation of procedures and guidelines. You will act in a perspective of support and advice to programmes and project staff, in order to maximize the impact of financial resources used for the implementation of programmes and projects.

You would be responsible for :

  • Supporting the monitoring of programme financial performance, by providing necessary financial information and analysis, including implementation rate against indicators/results; detecting potential over/under expenditure problems, and proposing remedial action.
  • Developing effective mechanisms for the monitoring programme and project budgets, in particular, the DFID Saving Lives in Sierra Leone Joint Programme; coordinating the compilation of financial data; and regularly providing accurate, up-to-date financial information to HQ and regional offices.
  • Interpreting financial policies and procedures and providing training and guidance to staff and project managers. Striving to identify innovative ways in which programme financial needs can be met within existing policies.
  • Assisting in the management of the CO budget, by budget formulation, controlling allotments, monitoring expenditures, and preparing revisions as required.
  • Maintaining an effective financial recording and reporting system, internal control and audit follow-up; and processing financial transactions in an accurate and timely way.
  • Reviewing and monitoring charges for common services and cost recovery, taking into account maximum cost efficiency; representing UNFPA’s interests in financial negotiations and agreements.

Qualifications and Experience :

Education :

  • Completed Secondary Level Education required. First-level university degree in Finance, Business, Public Administration or similar discipline is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience :

  • Six years of relevant experience in administration, finance, or office management.
  • Proficiency in current office software applications, web-based management, and ERP financial systems
  • Expert knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required.

Languages :

Fluency in English is required.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Sierra Leone
Population : 8.1 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 51%
Girls 0.93%

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