Junior Finance Officer

  Afghanistan Unspecified 889
Date Posted:Feb 27, 2011
Closing Date:Mar 12, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Account/Finance
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About UNOPS:


The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Afghanistan is responsible for implementing a number of projects on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the aid donor community. The Afghanistan Operations Centre (AGOC) has been set up as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the Implementing Agency. The functional objective of UNOPS AGOC is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner, so as to achieve the outcomes sought by the project and to assist in the development goals of the Government of Afghanistan. The stated goal is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. The adopted mission of UNOPS is to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders.

Job Summary:

The functional objective of UNOPS AGOC is to deliver projects in an efficient and effective manner, to achieve the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan and the donor community, where capacity building is always considered and encouraged. The aim of UNOPS AGOC is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of the country. In doing so, UNOPS aims to exceed client expectations in the delivery of quality services throughout the country.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Financial Management Officer, the incumbent shall fulfill the following duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to:

• Responsible for, and administer, all Hawala transfers under specific project(s)
• Ensure full compliance with the provisions of the UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations, the Finance Manual and Finance and Budget Technical Instructions in all financial transactions, recording and reporting
• Continuous analysis and monitoring of the financial situation of the specific project(s)
• Monitoring of expenditure levels against allotments; review and process requests for budget revision as required
• Timely review of cash position for local accounts to ensure sufficient funds on hand for disbursements as well as timely identification and recording of receipts for income application
• Daily review of zero-balance account bank statements in ATLAS to monitor imprest level
• Efficient local banking arrangements and compliance with local financial and banking regulations
• Initiate and facilitate bank transfers and deals, selecting bank transfers and deals for approval and settlement
• Timely preparation of monthly cash flow forecast
• Act as cashier for on-site transactions
• Build project capacity to effect payments using ATLAS or Imprest Accounts
• Monitoring of the delivery of specific project(s)
• Analyze internal expenditures’ control systems to ensure that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in ATLAS, payrolls are duly prepared, Monthly Payment Orders (MPOs), travel claims and other entitlements are duly processed
• Control of accounts closure
• Timely corrective actions on un-posted vouchers, including vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions and unapproved vouchers
• Ensure timely response to requests to resolve financial data issues
• Control the Accounts Receivables for specific project(s), and maintenance of the General Ledger
• Ensure proper control of the supporting documents for payments; preparation of all types of vouchers, pay cycles and payments execution.
• Responsible for the monthly reconciliation of income and expenditures, ensuring accuracy and consistency of data input
• Perform the functions of petty cash custodian in the maintenance and control of petty cash fund, prepare petty cash ledger, reconcile and prepare reports for replenishment
• Perform other duties as may be assigned

Job Requirement:

a. Education

- Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration, or relevant field is required.
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) a distinct advantage

b. Work Experience

- Minimum 2 years of progressively responsible work experience in financial management and accounting is essential
- Previous experience in Hawala transfers highly desirable

c. Key Competencies

- Excellent working knowledge of English, both written and verbal. Fluent in Dari/Pashto.
- Excellent working knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, MS Project), email/internet, ability to operate other financial management (ERP) software/programs. Knowledge of Atlas is considered a strong asset.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Capacity for problem solving and identifying acceptable/applicable solutions; resourceful, proactive, maturity of judgment and behavior, and self motivated.
- Good communication (verbal and written) and strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
- Be able to work in a challenging and demanding environment.
- Be able to work in a multi-cultural environment

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