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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/13/FT255
Title: Finance Officer/APOC (Burkina Faso)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One (1) year renewal
Date: 14 June 2013
Application Deadline: 12 July 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Organization unit: AF Africa (AF) /
AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO)
African Programme for Onchocerciasis (APOC)
To provide efficient financial management in support of the implementation of the Programme and the attainment of its objectives including planning and coordination of all activities of the finance section of the Programme.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Budget and Finance Officer (BFO) and the general supervision of the Coordinator of the Director's office, the incumbent will be responsible for financial implementation analysis and country imprest improvement as well as updating inventory records in the GSM. The incumbent of the post will have the following duties:

Assist the Budget and Finance Officer in the elaboration and follow-up of the implementation of the Programme budget and other budgetary estimates including budget revisions and advise the Programme Management;

Provide guidance to APOC projects /Programmes within the countries for better management of APOC Trust Fund.;Retrieve and undertake Accounts Payable - Actions in the GSM for other contracts (APW, GES, TSA) payment;

Perform Fix Assets Specialist functions by handling the Management of the Programme's Assets;

Assist in the setting up of reliable financial management systems at the various National Onchocerciasis Task Force (NOTF) Headquarters in APOC member countries. These systems should allow adequate application of the accounting procedures used by WHO, the executing Agency of the Programme;

Update APOC Manual of Financial and Administrative procedures to take into account GSM requirements;

Train/Retrain APOC project teams on WHO & APOC Administrative & Financial procedures and, perform financial review missions to control imprest accounts of APOC projects;

Organise, supervise, control and analyse the reports and/or financial documents sent by the countries and report to the Programme Management on these documents and in particular, feedback to the NOTFs concerned on the results on these analyses in order to help them correct any possible errors and improve the financial management of their projects, in conformity with the Organization's financial rules and regulations;

Assist the APOC participating countries particularly English speaking countries in the day to day financial management of their projects in order to achieve the objectives of the Programme at minimal cost and maximum efficiency;

Participate in the review of the various project proposals sent by the countries and make recommendations to the Programme Management before their submission to the Technical Consultative Committee, particularly in respect of the pertinence of the budgets accompanying these projects;

Assist in the careful preparation of the Direct Financial Cooperation (DFC) Agreement for the approved projects after review of the budgets and follow-up on their signature and correct implementation by the NOTFs concerned;

Assist in the preparation of annual financial report and related statements;

Act as co-focal person in the Budget & Finance Unit for SDD financial transactions;

Prepare relevant financial correspondences related to Programme activities (English particularly and French);

Keep the Budget and Finance Officer and the Programme Management informed of any action, transaction or practice contrary to the interest of the Programme in order to safeguard the funds and other assets of the Programme;

Carry out any other related tasks.
Essential: University degree in economics/accounting or economics, Administration and management.

Desirable: Capacity to take initiatives and make suggestions. Good knowledge of WHO financial accounting and budgetary rules.
Solid theoretical and practical knowledge in finance, accounting and budget; ability to apply these to real situations ; ability to supervise and train working groups on the accounting system.
Ability to work well under pressure. Be able to take initiative and make suggestions.
Very good knowledge of WHO procedures in planning, finance, accounting and budget.
Ability to interpret financial rules and the WHO Manual.
Ability to write technical reports and to make oral presentations.
Ability to put in place a better follow- up of the GSM (Global Management System).
Essential: At least 5 years' experience in finance and/or responsibility in budgetary matters, or responsibility in finance. Must be experienced in accounting system. Experience in WHO or other UN System or with Non-Governmental Development Organizations desirable. Field experience in Africa, particularly in one or several APOC countries would be an asset.

Desirable: Working experience with WHO or other international experience would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and a very good working knowledge of the other. Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 56,091 at single rate
US$ 60,091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 47 % 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.

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