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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/12/FT379
Title: Finance Assistant, KAZ
Grade: G5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (with possibility of renewal* - see Additional Information below)
Date: 27 September 2012
Application Deadline: 14 October 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Astana, Kazakhstan
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/RDO Office of Regional Director (EU/RDO)
WHO Country Office, Kazakhstan
Description of duties:
As part of the Country Office team, under the general supervision of the Head of the Country Office, the incumbent performs a variety of financial, administrative, coordinating, monitoring and secretarial services in support of the Country Office's activities. This includes the following main duties:
  1. Provides support with the management of the Imprest account, financial documentation, records and reporting as well as cash/advance reconciliations, overseeing cash and bank balances and checking all payments authorized thereof. Monitors income and expenditure recording, receives and distributes funds to WHO counterparts, makes accounts reconciliation within the Country Office and with EURO. Organizes vendor payments, processes and monitors all requests for payments (travel advances and claims, payment requests, payment orders, internal commitments, etc.) against PTAEO numbers provided. Monitors financial transactions between the relevant bank/s and WHO CO Kazakhstan and makes regular cash and bank transfer reconciliations. Maintains regular contacts with national banks and other financial institutions to obtain day-to-day information on exchange rates, changes in procedures and regulations.
  2. Using the GSM, monitors availability of funds for project/programme budget levels and financial expenditures, according to the approved country work plan. Provides support during all planning, monitoring and evaluation exercises.
  3. Provides administrative coordination of financial and, as required, administrative and logistical aspects of the organization of meetings held in the country.
  4. Establishes and maintains an on line monitoring tool for the oversight of on-going Country Office collaboration with counterparts, WHO Collaborating Centres and other international organizations.
  5. Provides general administrative support as appropriate, including calendar coordination and preparation of official correspondence.
  6. Assists in the preparation of standard contracts (APW, DFC, etc.), recruitment of consultants and temporary advisers, designation/redesignation of WHO Collaborating Centres, and arrangements of study tours and duty travel.
  7. Advises, briefs and trains local staff on all financial issues pertaining the office.
Essential: Equivalent to graduation from secondary school or equivalent technical or commercial school and specialized training in finance/administration/management related fields.
Desirable: Equivalent to graduation from a school of III-IV level of accreditation according to national standards of the higher education.
Essential: Training in accounting. Work with computerized systems and databases. Administrative training.

COMPETENCIES see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Being the first point of communication with the WHO Country Office; good communication skills are essential and will impact on the WHO/EURO and the Country Office's image.
  2. Fostering team integration and ieamwork: This is an essential trait for the environment in which the incumbent is operating.
  3. Producing Results: A systematic and efficient approach to work is very important in this position as well as having initiative and taking responsibility for own work.
  4. Ensuring the effective use of resources: The incumbent needs to manage well her/his own time and all the resources given.
  5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: The incumbent works in an international team and constantly communicates with a large international office.
Essential: Considerable and progressively responsible experience in the finance/administrative field. Bookkeeping experience (minimum 2 years).
Desirable: Experience within UN and/or WHO.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and Kazakh.
Desirable: Very good knowledge of Russian is a strong desirable.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to:
  • satisfactory performance,
  • continued need for the function, and;
  • availability of funds.

WHO has an online recruitment system. Therefore, ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

This is a LOCAL vacancy and as such, only qualified applicants residing within commuting distance of Vilnius will be considered.

WHO does not cover any expenses related to participation in tests and/or interviews. Short-listed external candidates will be contacted for testing in language and PC skills prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar posts could be filled using this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
KAZ Tenge 2 528 002 at single rate
according to UN salary scale in KAZ with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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