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Dec 6, 2017

UN WFP National Finance Officer

UN World Food Programme – Somalia
Job Advertisement
Vacancy Announcement No. 042/2017
Post Title: National Finance Officer
Contract type: Fixed Term
Post Grade: NOB
Duty Station: Nairobi
Duration: 1 year (initial)
Date of issue: 6th December 2017
Closing Date: 19th December 2017
Organizational Background: The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. 

The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.
This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates only. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Finance, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Participate in the Country Office (CO) budget preparation and revision. Review, analyse and update CO budgets regularly;
  • Monitor and analyse budgets for new and ongoing projects according to established corporate procedures;
  • Monitor and advise fund managers on the financial status of all ongoing projects;
  • Certify funds requests by Area Offices (AO) and CO, recruitments and travel commitments;
  • Budget allocation and monitoring of funds allocated to all Area Offices;
  • Prepare monthly Funds Management analysis and draft minutes of the Funds Management meetings;
  • Analysis of actual expenditures on a monthly basis with variance analysis to enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to management;
  • Generate, analyse and share a list of grants reaching Terminal Obligation Date and Terminal Disbursement Date under various cost components and prepare risk analysis reports;
  • Provide regular reports for Special Operations projects to CO management on a quarterly basis and ad-hoc reports as required;
  • Monitor and advise on actions related to project financial closure and resource transfers;
  • Track and analyse data to identify opportunities for improvements to policies, systems and procedures to minimise financial risks, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations and ensure that services are aligned with business objectives;
  • Manage all locally generated funds and advise the fund managers for timely reprogramming;
  • Manage utilization of locally generated funds and review the monthly report from AOs to ensure accounts are reconciled;
  • Review monthly cash forecast reports. Prepare and submit bank replenishment requests on time;
  • Coordinate Minimum Monthly Closure preparation and follow up on open items under cash management/upstream procurement management;
  • Act as the disbursement officer;
  • Review transactions entered on the corporate information system to ascertain correct budget codes are used and detect unauthorised transactions. Initiate mitigation measures and report on the risk register;
  • Represent the Finance unit in internal meetings, committees or working groups as required;
  • Review staff vendor and sign staff separation clearance forms;
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them in more complex analysis and queries;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Advanced university degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related fields or First degree in the same subjects with additional years of related work experience plus membership in an International recognized professional accountancy body such as Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Certified Public Accounts (ICPA) or equivalent.
Experience: Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in finance.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Ability to review and analyse financial statements and experience implementing accounting internal control processes;
  • Ability to conceptualize risk management approaches and implement internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance and ensure data integrity;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets, drive business planning, and forecasting discussions on a programme-wide level, integrating financial resource information from a portfolio of projects to analyze effectiveness and financial viability;
  • Hands on experience in UN or NGO financial environments is desirable.
How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to CLICK HERE to submit online applications through our E-Recruitment system

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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