Posting Title: Accountant, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ACCOUNTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: Juba, South Sudan
Application Deadline: 03 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Finance-UNMISS-149007-J- (M)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position located in the Accommodation Management Unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Juba. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. The incumbent will report to the Chief Accommodation Management Unit (AMU); tasked to allocate, track Accommodation, Rent deductions and Recoveries in the Mission.
Within delegated authority, the Accountant will be responsible for the following duties:
- Analyses accounts and reviews/evaluates regular transactions of Rent Recovery in the Rent Recovery Management Cell. Identifies problem transactions and irregularities in related accounts, resolving them in a timely and effective manner.
- Ensures that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
- Assists, prepares or consolidates financial statements for inclusion in the UN Financial Statements to be audited. Responds to internal/external audit observations.
- Provides advice and guidance concerning the United Nations’ Financial Regulations and Rules and Accounting Instructions.
- Provides authoritative interpretation of requirements for handling transactions.
- Keeps abreast and provides guidance on the United Nations on billings related to the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) procedures.
- Defines requirements and works with systems units with respect to production of relevant financial reports.
- Develops, updates and maintains location-wise, staff and accommodation database; updates it on weekly basis with Check in and Check out forms received from Camp Receptions and FAOs/Field Offices.
- Ensure that accurate and complete data of accommodation and occupants are always available, regularly reported/submitted to concerned Finance Office and that internal control systems affecting correct and timely rent recoveries are functioning and that all relevant records are archived.
- Analyzes and monitors rent recoveries; reviews/evaluates accommodation occupancy reports from Camp Reception and Field Offices; identifies problem areas; changes in status (single/sharing) or any irregularities in related documents/forms and rent recoveries and resolves them in a timely and effective manner.
- Follows up with all individual staff for the provision of proof of rent payment and relevant finance Offices, ensuring the correct and timely rent recoveries from Payroll or through DSA for accommodation provided on training, official duties and during liberty are made/done.
- Prepares and submits (by 20th of the month) to OCSD, a complete overview of financial statement of rent recoveries made during the preceding month, showing payments made in cash to UNMISS B&F Section, (separate for Non-UNMISS, Civilian Contractor/Vendors, Diplomat Hotel); rent recovered by RSCE from IIC, IUP & GPPs, UNV Programme Manager, Trigyn Contractors; and NY Payroll from Civilian International Staff.
- Provides information needed to respond to audit findings.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of accounting principles, procedures and standards. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting or related field. Certification as aa Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) , Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, finance or budget is required.
At least two years of experience in the administration of payroll, rental recoveries or other staff related entitlements is required.
Experience with SAP, PeopleSoft or similar ERP systems is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in oral and written English required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is temporarily available through 30 June 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
- While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless
(a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and
(b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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