Job Vacancies United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), April 2011

Job Vacancies United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF)
Job Title Accountant, P3
Department/ Office INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Friday, 27 May 2011
Job Opening number 11-FIN-unjspf ims-18057-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Investment Management Division (IMD) of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Operations.

Responsibilities
Within delegated authority the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
-Analyses accounts and reviews/evaluates regular financial reports of IMD UNJSPF. Identifies problem transactions and irregularities in related accounts, resolving them in a timely and effective manner.
-Ensures that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
-Assists, prepares or consolidates financial statements of IMD for inclusion in the UNJSPF Financial Statements to be audited. Provides input on responses to internal/external audit observations. Provides advice and guidance concerning the UNJSPF ‘s Financial Regulations and Rules and Accounting Instructions.
-Provides authoritative interpretation of requirements for handling transactions.
-Coordinates and supervises the review of accounting transactions from investment activity and the reconciliation of cash and securities
-Reviews and approves investment transactions, and instructs settlement by custodian banks.
-Reviews processes, procedures and systems utilized for cash management, investment accounting, and reconciliation and recommends/implements improvements.
-Manages the recovery of tax withholdings on income and works to establish procedures for the payment of gross income at source.
-Assists the Chief of Operations to ensure effective cash forecasting.
-Assists in the preparation of the Administrative Budget of IMD and in the processing of budgeted expenses as required.
-Participates in the development of accounting policies.
-Provides information needed to respond to audit findings.
-Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies
-Professionalism:
Knowledge of investment accounting principles, procedures and standards. Ability to apply conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in accounting operations. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. 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.

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting 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 Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, finance, budget, administration is required. Experience in investment accounting would be a distinct advantage.
Knowledge of investments and financial markets is highly desirable. Ability to utilize various accounting software packages for multi-currency investments and complex financial systems is highly desirable. Solid computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database applications are desirable.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method
essay exercise and technical tests

Special Notice
This post is a project post funded on a temporary basis. Extensions are subject to availability of funds.
Priority consideration for vacancies at the P3 level will be given to internal candidates and candidates who have passed a competitive examination.
Any candidate from a member organization of the UNJSPF applying for this post is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promoting procedures applicable in his/her respective organization.
Appointment at the United Nations is subject to mandatory adherence to the United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme. An appointment to the Investment Management Division (IMD) of the UNJSPF additionally requires compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to IMD’s Code of Ethics, Personal Securities, Gift and Hospitality policies.

No Fee
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.




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