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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FNM/FT245
Title: Finance Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 24 June 2013
Application Deadline: 27 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FNM Department of Finance (HQ/FNM) /
HQ/ACT Accounting Services (HQ/ACT)
Within the Department of Finance (FNM), the Accounts Unit (ACT) is responsible for global
accounting policies, accounting operations, awards and financial reporting. Specifically, ACTprovides accounting policy guidance and support throughout the Organization and ensures effective
financial controls are in place. It directs and coordinates the global monthly and yearly financial
closure processes and prepares IPSAS compliant financial reports. ACT monitors the general
ledger, ensures expenditure control and monitoring and is also responsible for the timely and
accurate recognition of revenue for the Organization, managing accounts receivable and application
of cash receipts, award management, fund accounting and donor reporting. Financial information on
the status of awards, revenue and expenditure is also provided across the Organization.
Description of duties:
Under the overall direction of the Chief Finance and direct supervision of the Finance Officer,
Awards, the incumbent is responsible for the following:
1) Manage the donor financial reporting
group, including objective setting, coaching and training of staff in the unit.
2) Establish and implement procedures to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to donors, to ensure reports submitted are entered in GSM and records management system, that reported balances are refunded / reprogrammed in line with donor requests and that awards are correctly closed.
3) Suggest and implement improvements to donor reporting processes.
4) Provide technical expertise to health technical units and regions regarding donor financial reporting.
5) Provide guidance for EC financial reporting including coordination of verification queries and financial input on updates to standard EC agreements (FAFA).
6) Review donor agreements to ensure all financial clauses are in line with WHO policy.
7) Oversee the correct and timely charging of programme support costs to awards.
8) Calculate and apportion interest earned on cash balances to awards correctly.
9) Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
* Essential:
University degree in a subject related to the purpose of the position or formal accounting
Professional accounting qualification such as a CA, CPA, ACCA or equivalent.

*WHO staff please see e-manual lll.4.1, para 220.
Excellent judgment is required to effectively manage the donor financial reporting processes;
technical expertise is needed in accounting and to provide expert advice on interpretation of
financial rules and regulations, and to establish new internal accounting instructions/guidelines, as
required. Proven excellent written and communication skills, including ability to train or provide briefings to varied internal audiences. Integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with internal
stakeholders. Supervisory ability, negotiation skills and a team player.
*1. Producing results
*2. Fostering integration and teamwork
*3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
A minimum of 5 years of relevant practical experience, with an emphasis in financial accounting, managing financial transaction processing, and/or financial reporting, in an international environment and using integrated financial management and reporting systems.
Experience in application of international accounting standards. Experience working with
International Public Sector Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards or
other international accounting standards. Proven project management skills and experience in
conversions and transitions to an ERP system.
Excellent knowledge of English with a good working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56 091 at single rate
US$60 091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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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