Chief, Field Finance Office, P-4, Gaza – Occupied Palestinian Territory


Org. Framework and reporting UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working in five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed staff willing to bring about change. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the world’s most vulnerable communities, UNRWA would love to hear from you. The Chief of the Field Finance Office reports to the Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (Operations). Guidance and technical advice is received from the Director of Finance. Responsibilities Manage a field-based finance team to ensure, among other things, that the finance function provides accurate, relevant and timely financial information and advice to a multiplicity of internal and external stakeholders; Train and instruct staff on financial matters in the field. Is responsible for interpreting financial information and providing advice on a wide range of management issues to the Field Director, Program Managers and other field managers; advises on the management of the financial envelope and, in close coordination with Human Resources, advises on personnel costs for the field, including the reallocation of financial resources according to field/office priorities agency, cost and expense forecasts. In full compliance with IPSAS, coordinates the preparation of medium-term forecasts and the field operating budget; reviews budget submissions, monitors expenditures against budget allocations and reports variances; ensures that field budget activities are executed in an accurate, defensible and timely manner. Ensures due diligence in all aspects of disbursements, receipts and management of field financial resources, including responsibility for internal control procedures, cash flow management and field treasury functions; Ensures that administration of local bank accounts and associated cash management functions are carried out in accordance with financial regulations. Oversees preparation of monthly financial report to internal management, quarterly budget review for all programs and departments to enable management to proceed with resource allocation, fully accounted monthly accounts, financial records and statements and reports including monthly figures also covering staff costs in coordination with the Departments; ensures that annual and biennial field closure activities are carried out in an accurate and timely manner; coordinates field responses to internal and external audit questions. Ensures that the provisions of the IPSAS-compliant Financial Regulations, the Financial Manual and the Financial and Budgetary Technical Instructions issued by Headquarters are respected throughout the field and supplemented locally as necessary. Is responsible for the development and maintenance of Field’s financial systems and procedures to maintain a balance between operational expediency and financial control, and takes initiative to identify local systems and processes that could be streamlined for greater great efficiency. Serve on field committees regarding financial matters, including the local procurement committee and the tender opening committee. Competencies The core UN values ​​of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, and the core competencies of communication, working with people and driving for results apply by default. Default managerial skills may apply. – Learn and research – Apply technical expertise – Lead and supervise – Decide and initiate action – Plan and organize For tips on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un. org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI Education Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in finance, accounting, business administration or related field; Job Specific Qualifications Work Experience Eight years of progressively responsible, relevant professional experience applying knowledge in finance, accounting, business administration or related area is required. At least three years of work experience at a supervisory level, in a large commercial, industrial or government agency, involving work in finance, accounting, budgeting, auditing and related functions with a solid understanding of accrual accounting such as IPSAS or IFRS is required. Unless already an international staff member in the UN common system, a candidate for an international position must have a minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside of UNRWA and outside of the or of the countries of which the applicant is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or national identity number is required. an excellent understanding and/or experience of the financial modules of a major enterprise resource planning system such as SAP or Oracle is required. Work experience in a United Nations common system organization is desirable. Work experience in a United Nations common system organization is desirable. An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution is required in finance, accounting, business administration or a related field. Languages ​​Excellent command of written and spoken English. knowledge of a second UN language (preferably Arabic). is desirable. Assessment The assessment of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview. Special notice Type of contract and duration: 2 years, with possibility of extension. Gaza is a non-family duty station. The Head of the Field Finance Office will be required to reside in the field of assignment and travel occasionally within the Agency’s area of ​​operations in the Middle East. Applicants must complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in inspira in order to be considered. The PHP must be supplemented with full relevant work experience in accordance with the requirements of the job opening, in order to be considered. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified applicants with disabilities. A slate may be created from the screening exercise and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same or similar position. Equivalence: An undergraduate university degree combined with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. NB: work experience alone or formal qualifications without relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States, regional bodies, corporate foundations and individual contributions. UNRWA’s mission is to help Palestinian refugees realize their full potential for human development in the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

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