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IOM Jobs: Finance Officer 2021

Position Title : Finance Officer

Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Duty Station :     Geneva, Switzerland

Classification :    Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment :   Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date :    As soon as possible

Closing Date :     27 May 2021

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

1.                   Internal candidates

2.                   Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Secretariat of the Migration Network, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for coordinating the budgetary, financial, and human resources functions of the Secretariat of the Migration Network.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

2.                   Assist in monitoring and overseeing the financial management for all activities of the Network including the oversight of financial expenditure and accountability; undertake financial analysis of projects in the Country Offices (CO).

                     Provide input for and coordinate the preparation of donor financial reports in accordance with IOM regulations and established procedures.

                     Ensure the accounting data are properly entered in PRISM, in accordance with IOM financial rules and practices, maintain accurate records of PRISM entries including hard copies of all vouchers and supporting documentations.


                     Assist the Head of the Network Secretariat in preparing annual budget for the Secretariat, monitor budget control and analyze variances between budget and actual expenditures, and assist in the preparation of budgets for new projects and programmes.

                     Provide support and information to Head of the Network Secretariat and Project Managers throughout the budget cycle to enable compliance with IOM’s policies and procedures and any donor-specific requirements.

                     Maintain strong contracts with relevant units at Headquarters (HQs), relevant UN agencies Administrative and Finance units, and relevant Administrative Centres with regard to the accounting and financial activities of the Network.

                     Oversee Network Secretariat’s donor reporting.

                     Assist in drafting a results framework of the Network and ensure periodic updates pending timely reviews.

                     Maintain awareness of current migration related issues, including relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area, Country Offices and/or Regions concerned for the Network.

                     Perform other duties as may be required.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


                     Master’s degree in finance, accounting, administration, economics, human resources, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

                     University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

                     Professional certification as chartered accountant (CA) or certified public accountant (CPA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will be a distinct advantage.


                     Experience in administrative and financial management, budget monitoring, accounting, cash management and internal control procedures; knowledge of finance, procurement and HR procedures and rules;

                     Experience in preparing clear and concise reports, budgets, statistics and coordination of administrative activities;

                     Experience in working in a multilateral system, preferably UN context, with deep familiarity of the UN system, its secretariat, agencies, funds, programmes and organizations; working also closely with international agencies, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and other stakeholders, and governments;

                     Experience with strategic planning.


1                     Familiarity with financial oversight and public administration;

2                     Knowledge of IOM/UN regulations, policies and procedures;

3                     Knowledge of International Public-Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS);

4                     Knowledge of IOM accounting systems, software (SAP Finance) and procedures a distinct advantage;

5                     Ability to work independently against tight deadlines;

6                     Ability to anticipate and mitigate against issues; and,

7                     In-depth capacity to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written).

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


                     Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values: 

                     Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

                     Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

                     Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies behavioural indicators level 2

                     Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

                     Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

                     Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

                     Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

                     Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link. df

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members.Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 27 May 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 14.05.2021 to 27.05.2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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