Posting Title: Programme/Finance Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Posting Period: 12 May 2021 – 10 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UNODC-155390-R-Vienna (O)
Staffing Exercise: N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Implementation Support Section (ISS), Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in Vienna. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Law Enforcement Expert leading the Container Control Programme (GLOG80) and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Implementation Support Section. The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme is to assist law enforcement agencies to identify and inspect the high-risk containers.
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The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:
•Provide assistance in support of planning and implementation of activities and processes, including related to financial matters, under the global Container Control Programme (CCP).
•Assist in the coordination of programme planning and preparation; monitor status of programme proposals; take necessary action to ensure programme documents are completed and submitted to relevant parties for approval.
•Assist in the preparation and analysis of budget proposals for the Programme and individual regional/country level budget segments; provide assistance in the interpretation of budget guidelines; review and coordinate submissions of programme proposals and budget estimates, ensuring that requisite information is included and justified in terms of proposed activities; propose adjustments as necessary; prepare reports and ensure that outputs/services are properly categorized.
•Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the Programme and its country-level segments; categorize, update, track and analyse data related to implementation of the Programme; identify issues and initiate requisite follow-up actions; prepare revised budget estimates; Prepare cost estimates for expert and regional meetings and trainings; report on budget revisions, expenditures and commitments, verify availability of funds; ensure necessary approval and entry in the ERP system (UMOJA); initiate financial authorizations for expenditures.
•Monitor spending and transactions in accordance with available funds and cost plans; ensure that available resources are properly utilized; liaise with Field Office staff on administrative and financial issues; determine whether adjustments are necessary and ensure that these have been accurately processed. Prepare financial reports generated from UMOJA.
•Collaborate with programme managers on performance reporting; liaise with relevant parties on the interpretation of the activities/services scheduled in the Programme Budget and various planning instruments such as the medium-term plan and internal work plans; provide assistance on reporting requirements, guidelines, rules and procedures and ensure completeness and accuracy of data submitted.
•Coordinate with other CCP finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports.
•Draft correspondence to respond to enquiries in respect to relevant financial and budget matters.
•Assist in the recruitment process and monitoring of contracts for long-and short-term staff under the Programme, as well as technical assistance personnel, as required for effective programme implementation.
•Prepare, maintain and update files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; design and generate a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection, evaluation and reporting.
•Provide general office assistance; draft routine correspondence; respond to complex information requests and inquiries; review, log and route incoming correspondence; set up and maintain files/records; organize meetings, workshops; handle routine administrative tasks.
•Provide guidance/training to new/junior staff.
•Perform other work related duties as assigned.
•Professionalism: Has knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting. Is able to understand the functions and organization of the work unit and the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Is able to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Has demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
•Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
High school diploma or equivalent. Supplementary training/education in business administration is desirable.
A minimum of 7 years of work experience in the field of programme or project administration, accounting, finance or related field is required.
Experience in financial analysis and budget monitoring is desirable
Proven hands on experience with ERP applications, such as SAP/UMOJA, is desirable
Prior experience with the United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. Non-local candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified and will be subject to local recruitment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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Other Skills and Requirements
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.
The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.
Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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