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Specialist, Finance Solutions Architecture
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||10-Apr-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One-Year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One-Year (with expectation for renewal)|
|The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
The Office of Information Systems and Technology (OIST) supports UNDP by delivering Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions and providing technical support for a variety of platforms and software solutions. Among other applications, UNDP has one of the largest PeopleSoft footprints in the world. It is used globally by over 160 country offices to support Financial and Human Resources business functions.
As of 1 January 2012, UNDP has adopted the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) in the area of financial transactional recording and reporting. The goal of IPSAS is to harmonize financial reporting practices and to improve the comparability of financial statements across and beyond the UN system. IPSAS was mandated in 2006 by the UN General Assembly for 23 organizations within the UN system, including UNDP.
Under the general direction and supervision of the Chief of Applications Support and Delivery in OIST, the incumbent will be mainly responsible for three areas as they relate to global enterprise software delivery and support.
The first area involves architecting new ICT solutions as they relate to enhancing UNDP’s financial management and reporting. This will mostly involve optimizing UNDP’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 application and enhancing information delivery through the use of UNDP’s Data Warehouse leveraging the PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) application and using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) as a reporting and Business Intelligence platform. As a guiding principle of the Architecting function, s/he will be assigned to ensure coherence across financial management system solutions including feeder systems and to optimize systems integration.
Secondly, this role involves the managing and overseeing of the delivery process once an initiative has been architected and scoped. Projects will range in size from a release of multiple enhancement requests to a PeopleSoft Financials upgrade. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring adherence to UNDP’s innovative agile software development methodology for ERP systems delivery. For monthly releases and larger projects, s/he will be responsible for the typical project management functions as setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, and monitoring and summarizing progress of project and/or release, prepare reports for upper management regarding status of project and issue escalation.
Thirdly is the role of continuous improvement and initial support. Through the ITIL process of incident management and problem resolution, the incumbent will be responsible to report to OIST leadership on ways service can be improved through the reduction of system incidents and cases being reported to the UNDP service desk. As well, once projects and enhancements are migrated to production, the incumbent will be responsible for structuring and performing post production support for a period of time before the UNDP Service Desk assumes full support.
This Position requires strong analytical, written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to work with UNDP business units, mainly the Office of Finance and Resource Management (OFRM) in order to fully understand business needs and architect solutions to meet those needs. Consequently candidates with strong accounting knowledge, procure-to-pay, budgeting, and revenue management business process knowledge will be preferred.
This is not a developer position and no hands on coding is expected from the incumbent however, strong technical knowledge of the PeopleSoft application stack, configuration options and tables, as well as deep knowledge of the PeopleSoft Financials table structure and data model is a must. The ideal candidate will have a “can do” attitude and the ability to make pragmatic and practical decisions without compromising the integrity of the PeopleSoft application.
Provide coherent and efficient financial solutions to assure proper business functions and accurate financial reporting. Failure to discharge this responsibility properly will put the organization at operational risk and the organization’s reputation at stake. Such would result in inability to provide mission critical information timely basis, potential loss or leakage of documents and contents. As a result, organizations operational capability and responsiveness to donors and recipients governments will be compromised.
Duties and Responsibilities
As the Lead Finance Solutions Architect, ensure coherency and optimal integration of entire finance solutions; provide advice to ESS management team and guidance to solutions architect team at different stages of solutions delivery. In particular, the incumbent is expected to:
Serves as financial solutions delivery lead by heading and overseeing the discovery, design, and implementation of UNDP’s PeopleSoft Financials modules as they relate to achieving the stated goals of IPSAS. In particular, the incumbent is expected to:
Required Skills and Experience
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