Job Description

  Post Number : 4INEDPA034GI Grade : NO-B Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED) Duty Station: New Delhi Job Family: Finances Type of contract : Project Appointment Duration of contract : 1 year Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-APR-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism Only nationals of India are eligible to apply. Duration of contract:  One (1) year, with the possibility of an extension subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory performance. OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST Background

Under overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and the direct supervision of Chief Operating Officer (COO), with functional guidance from the Bureau of Financial Management (BFM), the incumbent will have the responsibility for leading the Budget Unit and supervising budgetary and financial functions in compliance with UNESCO’s rules and regulations.

The incumbent is accountable for the accuracy of budget and financial details, contribute to the conception of Financial Statements, consolidate information related to financial and budgetary matters and, in compliance with guidelines set by UNESCO. Specifically, the incumbent shall: Long Description 1.  Financial management

  • Perform financial planning, reporting and Analysis;
  • Contribute to the conception of financial statements and other reports. As a Chartered Accountant, liaise with accounting section within BFM for the management of financial statements and any other related matter.
  • Prepare reports and analyses for submission to MGIEP Senior Management;
  • Create extra budgetary projects and monitor the implementation
  • Elaborate the annual budget for the office and review, together with donors and project officers the project budget as needed and monitor/control extra-budgetary co-operation agreements;
  • Liaise with Donors to register allocations and follow up for creation of budget codes and monitor the allotment/allocation of budgets.
  • Participate in the elaboration of new extra-budgetary cooperation agreements by supporting project officers in the definition of project work plans and budgets, reviewing and validating budget before signing is carried out.
  • Consult/Collaborate with project coordinators and project officers on issues pertaining to portfolios and individual projects for extra-budgetary and regular programme activities.
  • Provide day-to-day budgetary and financial guidance to colleagues and external partners on UNESCO’s rules and regulations.
Long Description 2.     Risk management 

  • Identify potential risks in relation to financial management, including effective internal controls, and propose mitigating action to the supervisor, as applicable.
3.    Other responsibilities

  • Participate in Special Projects in which the Budget Unit is involved and articulate UNESCO MGIEP response;
  • Provide guidelines on budget-related issues to staff, distribute work and follow up on jobs performed within the Unit;
  • Provide training and advice to external project staff on budget components, structure and classification for future execution of budget activities;
  • Provide advice to staff on their practical application, consult with HQ on clarities related to financial and budgetary issues and ensure a common understanding and interpretation.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or related discipline.
  • Fully qualified Chartered Accountant (CA).
Work Experience

  • A minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in budgeting, finance or closely related area.
  • Experience in budget and finance in a UN agency or other international organization.
Skills and Competencies

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as ability, to interpret rules and administrative guidelines.
  • Flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of partners with tact and discretion
  • Ability to work as part of a team within a multicultural environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).

  •  Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.

  • Specialized training/certification on Budget and Finance.

  • Knowledge of other UNESCO Official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish).
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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