World Food Programme (WFP)

Finance Associate

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. The selection will be competitive; WFP is committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. ABOUT WFP 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. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT This job is found in Barbados Office (Bridgetown) and report to the Finance Officer. At this level job holder is expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis. Job holder is expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate a team of support staff, or specific support service(s). JOB PURPOSE To coordinate and provide finance, budget and Administration support services involving the recording and interpretation of financial and budgetary information to ensure the efficient functioning of the support services and inform decision-making. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Provide the procedural and Technical Support to staff within the areas of finance and budget, to ensure compliance with WFP financial policies, rules and regulations. 2. Support the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures, and assist in setup and implementation of proper accounting procedures, systems and internal controls. 3. Monitor the daily cash position in order to optimize the use of surplus cash and maximize returns on investment through the liquidity portfolio. 4. Monitor the centralised registry system in order to process all payments to internal staff and invoices to external suppliers in a timely manner and in accordance with WFP standards. 5. Contribute to the preparation, implementation and monitoring of budgets, monitor expenditure and budget forecasts, to ensure that relevant future funding requirements are met. 6. Co-ordinate with other teams in order to ensure that all financial and administrative services are being performed efficiently and in line with the needs of the wider team. 7. Monitor account balances and process financial transactions in an accurate and timely manner, to avoid the occurrence of an overdraft. 8. Monitor and analyse general ledger accounts in order to initiate and achieve corrective actions. 9. Compile data from the WFP database and systems in order to assist in generating and analysing financial reports on a monthly basis. 10. Allocate tasks to other support staff, provide guidance and on-the-job training in management of Financial Resources (e.g. managing the petty cash/sub-imprest account, review and analyse vendor and balance sheet accounts, etc.), to ensure services are delivered consistently and to the required standards. 11. Remain on stand-by and follow standard Emergency preparedness practices in order to meet immediate emergency requirements for further service on the job and in the field. STANDARD MINIMUN QUALIFICATIONS Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in Finance, Accounting or another related functional area. Language: English, fluency in both oral and written communication. OTHER SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience in the Finance field. Experience with SAP or accounting platforms. Experience with payroll. Proficient in use of Excel. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE • Has experience assessing financial health and stability of C&V projects and other programming initiatives to verify compliance with in-country local laws. • Has experience working with auditors and other third party vendors. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Position: Finance Associate Number of openings: 1 Unit: Finance Based in: Barbados Type of Contract: Service Contract Level: Equivalent to G6 Duration: 12 months Only short-listed qualified candidates will receive an acknowledgement. This vacancy is available only to citizens of Barbados and OECS residents. The Service contract holder is considered WFP personnel and is not governed by UN Staff Rules and Regulations. This contract does not carry any expectancy of renewal. HOW TO APPLY To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information at http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings. If you are internal applicant, apply through yor E-Recruitment profile. In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicants will undergo a rigorous process which includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and a panel interview. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS The deadline to apply for this position is August 02, 2020. “Qualified applicants, especially female applicants, are encouraged to apply” WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
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