Job Vacancies Office for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts
Position Financial Information Officer, P3
Department/ Office Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Monday, 02 April 2012
Job Opening number 12-FIN-DM OPPBA-22704-R-NEW YORK (X)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Service Group (SG2), which serves Accounts and Treasury, in the Financial Operations Service (FIOS), Office of Programme Planning Budget and Accounts (OPPBA). The Financial Information Officer reports to the Chief of Service Group 2.
The Financial Information Officer is responsible for the following duties:
Provide business analysis and technical direction for planning, implementing and supporting financial information systems for OPPBA, including IMIS (ERP), Nova, Travel Claims Portal, Contributions, OPICS, SWIFT, Tax system (STARS), Chase Insight and Bloomberg.
Analyze industry best practice in business processes, and design and manage the implementation of new methods of work with departmental or organizational scope that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations;
Evaluate existing systems and identify the need for new systems (or modifications to existing systems); select options for solving system and workflow problems and propose the most suitable solutions based upon functional and economic considerations;
Plan, supervise and participate in all phases of the systems development lifecycle for Treasury and Accounting Systems, through the negotiation and development of design change documentation; Negotiating with Users and the technical teams to enable their completion; specifying test plans and testing methodologies; undertaking and supervising the various phases in the testing lifecycle, and authorizing the migration of changes through the development cycle;
Provide day-to-day problem solving services for complex Treasury and Accounts systems issues to clients; document system problems and prioritize them; identify problems and irregularities in IMIS (ERP), Treasury operations and completed transactions, resolving them in a timely and effective manner; where data has been corrupted, to propose resolutions and data fixes following best practice; write work procedures for systems and/or specific business events;
Create complex ad-hoc reports and perform data analysis using SQL database applications; propose improvements to existing systems and standard reports based upon user demand;
Develop training materials and training data sets, and instruct staff members of all grades both locally and at offices away from headquarters in the various IMIS (ERP) finance courses.
- Proven conceptual analytical, and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations; A complete, in-depth grasp of financial and budgetary principles and practices with a specific focus on Information Technology that provides solutions; Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally. Ability to prepare reports, formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Strong managerial/leadership skills; demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and /or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial or administrative management policy and programme issues; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including the ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills. Tact in negotiating skills; good judgement and decision-making skills.
- 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.
- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, information technology or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification as a Chartered Accountant, Public Accountant or equivalent is desirable. A combination of Finance with a focus on Information Technology is desirable.
A minimum of five years of experience in finance, accounting, budget or business administration, information systems management or a related area. Experience working with complex budgetary and accounting operations; experience in finance systems analysis and development ; experience in information technology, especially planning, implementation and support of complex financial systems; Experience in programming, specifically in Visual Basic and Microsoft .Net, and analysis, including structured/object-oriented design, relational systems, scripting and query languages required. Experience in web, database and server technologies used in deploying systems required. Experience in report writing using tools like Crystal reports and/or Business Objects desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Eligible candidates may be requested to undergo written knowledge-based assessment exercises, which may be followed by a competency-based interview depending on the result of the test.
- The post is financed from temporary assistance funds. Funding for this post is limited and extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.
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THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.