Job Description

IMPORTANT NOTE: This position is advertised to internal and external applicants.  Candidates must be legally present in Mexico at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Only candidates holding a permanent residency in Mexico will be considered eligible. Group 1 Candidates: comprises current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of the deadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy at the grade of the position or one grade below or above. Group 2 Candidates: comprises candidates from the categories listed in the RALS after completion of one cumulative or continuous year of service in the country of the vacancy. The Group 2 status should have been confirmed by the HR Unit in Mexico before the application is submitted. External Candidates: are candidates who are not in Group 1 or Group 2. Project Control Associate Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The primary functions of project control are to complement Programme Management and provide support for oversight of projects including the formulation of a monitoring plan, Quality Assurance, and verification. Other activities of project control include: review of project agreements, project audit, monitoring that there is synchrony between financial and operational performance, participation in multi-functional monitoring activities and reviews, tracking project risk management, and supporting project closure. It is essential to maintain segregation of duties between project control and programme functions for effective accountability and oversight. Where there is no Project Control Officer, General Service staff performing project control functions should report directly to the Head of Office. The Project Control Associate receives general guidance and work plans from the supervisor. They work independently on regular assignments under the supervision of the Project Control Officer or to the same management level as programme. The incumbent may supervise other general service staff. Project Control staff play a very important role in maintaining harmonious and effective partnerships, and often interact with implementing partners. As a result, incumbents need to be very mindful of all dimensions of partnerships in their interaction with partners (in accordance with the Principles of Partnership, the Code of Conduct and other relevant documents). All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCRs core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties - Contribute to reviewing the internal control systems of implementing partners. - Contribute to reviewing that IP agreements are in conformity with Country Operation Plans and UNHCR¿s rules, policies and procedures. - Monitor that a complete record is maintained for all projects. - Contribute to reviewing, analysing and verifying Financial and Performance Implementing Partner Reports (Part I-IPFR and Part II-IPR), and to checking accuracy and consistency between IPFR and IPR, in accordance with project agreements. - Ensure that the funds obligated under an IP agreement permit the payment of the next instalment or a disbursement, confirming the status of instalments already paid. - Support timely project closure in Coordination with the programme unit. - Bring to the attention of supervisors and programme officers any significant variances at the office level in: Budget Execution, percentage of project execution, time schedule, and quality of projects against specifications or terms and conditions. - Maintain professional relationships with implementing partners. - Keep up to date with all UNHCR rules, regulations and procedures necessary to perform these duties. - Escalate IP issues to supervisors. - Recommend acceptance or non-acceptance of IPRs and payment of instalments. - Contact implementing partners for project related matters. - Have unlimited access to financial and operational records relating to projects. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Not applicable. Certificates and/or Licenses Accounting; Auditing; Business Administration; Finance; Project Management; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Not specified. Desirable Not specified. Functional Skills FI-Finance - Accrual accounting (IPSAS/IFRS); IT-Computer Literacy; MG-Project Management; PC-Quality Assurance/Control; MG-Risk Management; FI-Auditing practical experience; UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures; IT-ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Functional Knowledge; IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software; (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. Core Competencies Accountability Communication Organizational Awareness Teamwork & Collaboration Commitment to Continuous Learning Client & Result Orientation Managerial Competencies Judgement and Decision Making Managing Resources Cross-Functional Competencies Planning and Organizing Political Awareness Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No late applications will be accepted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a technical assessment or written test and later on, invited for an oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees). Duration: initially for a period of one (1) year. The closing date for submission of applications is 29 November 2020 (midnight Geneva time).
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