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UN Women Iraq-Country Office (ICO) is based in Baghdad with filed presence in Erbil ,Amman , Sana’a and Aden. ICO programming includes support to Governments and civil society organizations in the development and implementation of innovative approaches aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Finance Analyst, the Finance Associate is responsible for the execution of a wide range of financial services and administrative processes in the Iraq country office, ensuring timeliness, efficiency and transparent use of financial resources and delivery of services in accordance with organizational financial rules, regulations, policies, procedures and approved allocations. The Finance Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UN Women rules and regulations, standard practices and guidelines.

The Finance Associate works in close collaboration with the Operations Team in the Iraq Country Office as well as with the Operations and Programme teams in UN Women HQ for solving complex finance-related issues and information delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Implement financial strategies, and adapt processes and procedures in full compliance of UN Women rules, regulations, policies, and recording and reporting systems:

  • Review and verify financial transactions/activities/documentation for accuracy, appropriateness and completeness and ensure full compliance of financial services and transactions with UN Women rules, regulations, policies and recording and reporting systems. Certify transactions for accuracy and propriety prior to submission to the supervisor for approval and/or action;
  • Analyze/interpret the financial rules and regulations, as well as established policies and procedures, and provide advice and recommend solutions to a wide range of financial issues;
  • Review drafts for cost sharing and Trust Fund agreements including conditions of contributions within resource mobilization efforts. Follow up on contributions within the CO resource mobilization efforts;
  • Monitor and implement an effective and proper functioning of the financial resources management system;
  • Manage the financial business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in finance, in consultation with the supervisor;
  • Monitor the financial status and implement control mechanisms for management/development projects and keep stakeholders and clients informed for timely actions/decisions. Review status reports for quality control;
  • Coordinate and assist the preparation of CO Month-end checklist;
  • Recommend and/or implement cost saving and reduction strategies, in consultation with the office management;
  • Monitor financial exceptions report for unusual activities or transaction, investigate anomalies and report to the supervisor conclusions and/or present recommendations for actions/decisions;
  • Follow-up and/or take action on audit recommendations to ensure implementation of corrective actions. Assist in reviewing the audit reports on NGO executed projects;
  • Supervise and guide staff and personnel under his/her responsibility, as applicable, provide technical guidance and monitor performance to ensure delivery of results according to plans and standards of accountability and performance.  

2. Support Iraq CO Management in the preparation and administration of budgets:

  • Collect, verify and present thoroughly researched information and data for use in the planning of financial resources and the formulation of country program work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements and execution modalities;
  • Input data in ERP system for new grants in the form of Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and monitor status.
  • Contribute to office budget planning and preparation by presenting thoroughly researched information for planning of financial resources, including reports containing an analysis of the office’s financial situation (expenditures versus budget allocations);
  • Provide information/guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects. Keep track of the appropriate and timely use of financial resources;
  • Verify accuracy of Combined/Programme Delivery Reports and One UN Financial Reports as applicable. Take appropriate action to ensure accuracy of information;
  • Provide information for the audit of projects and implementation of audit recommendations;
  • Implement control mechanism for development projects through monitoring budgets preparation and modifications and budgetary status. Track and report on program and operational financial resources;
  • Prepare accurate and timely mandated financial reports to donors and other clients and stakeholders. Accounting services and administrative support and performs Global payroll functions focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Review and verify accuracy and relevancy of the supporting documents for payments and prepare financial reports. Prepare PO and non-PO vouchers for development projects.
  • Maintain internal expenditures control systems to ensure that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted ERP system , travel claims, MPOs and other entitlements are duly processed.

3. Provide finance support to the Programme and Operations teams:

  • Review accounts receivables for UN Women projects and follow-up with project managers and finance section at headquarters on contributions, deposits creation in ERB System and their application to AR pending items;
  • Maintain up to date and accurate data in ERP system and take timely corrective actions on erroneous data;
  • Maintain proper follow up of advances to implementing partners, review their financial reports together with project managers and be fully satisfied before making next installment;
  • Manage petty cash fund, cash imprest level and other temporary GL accounts, ensuring accuracy and transparency in use and reporting;
  • Ensure all supporting documents on financial transactions are secured and properly filed;
  • Contribute to training initiatives on financial processes by conducting training and/or organizing training events and activities;
  • Capture, synthesize and/or codify lessons learned and best practices in financial management and services. Disseminate to clients and stakeholders as appropriate to build capacity and knowledge;
  • Design and/or introduce innovations in financial business operational practices and management.

4. Prepare and administer the country office  budgets in full compliance of UN Women rules, regulations, policies, and recording and reporting systems:

  • Formulate the budget, control allotments, monitor expenditures, and prepare revisions according to the needs of the country office;
  • Track the appropriate and timely use of financial resources; 
  • Prepare cost recovery documents or bills for the services provided by UN Women to other programmes or organizations;
  • Create projects in ERP system, prepare budget revisions, revise project awards and status; and determine unutilized funds
  • Maintain internal expenditure control system;
  • Input data in ERP system and monitor status. Keep stakeholders and clients informed for timely action and/or decisions;
  • Manage petty cash fund.
  • Assist Project Managers with budget re-phrasal as required.
  • Support financial donor reporting by providing timely information and taking necessary actions as required by UN Women Virtual Global Service Centre for financial donor reporting.
  • Assist with preparation for Audit of Projects and Partners by third party audit firm.  Follow-up and/or take action on audit recommendations to ensure implementation of corrective actions. Assist in reviewing the audit reports on NGO executed projects.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations and accounting principles;
  • Excellent knowledge and application skills of IT tools and understanding of management systems;
  • Excellent knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages;
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems;
  • Ability to administer and execute financial and accounting processes and transactions.


Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Completion of secondary education is required.
  • University Degree in Business, Administration and Finance, would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in finance;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
  • Experience in the use of PeopleSoft ATLAS & Quantum is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Arabic is required


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