UN Women: Finance Associate

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Application Deadline :11-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :GS-7
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Internally advertised General Service (GS) fixed-term appointment (FTA) positions located in Headquarters are open to GS staff members currently serving in New York/Washington D.C. who hold a UNDP permanent or FTA who are either US Permanent Residents, US citizens or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application and whose G4 visa has been acquired on account of their employment in the UN Systems based in New York or Washington, DC.

Externally advertised GS fixed-term appointment and temporary appointment (TA) positions located in New York/Washington D.C. are open to candidates who are either US Permanent Residents, US Citizens or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application and whose G4 visa has been acquired on account of their employment in the UN Systems based in New York or Washington, DC.

Current UNDP GS staff serving outside of HQ must meet the eligibility criteria stated above prior to their application.

Selected candidates who meet the above mentioned eligibility criteria are responsible for their own travel and/or relocation costs.

Selection to GS fixed-term appointment positions at Headquarters requires passing a UN administered clerical test (ASAT).

Applicants under serious consideration for short-listing of posts requiring accountancy and finance skills, must take the UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (UNDP AFT) prior to short-listing.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Bureau of Management and Administration is responsible for the planning, allocation and management of financial, human and administrative resources including information communications and technology, the effective and efficient delivery of essential operations services in UN Women, continuous development and improvement in operations, policies, and methods to align with UN Women and stakeholders’ evolving business needs and advisory support to the Executive Director in the formulation and implementation of the UN Women overall mission, strategy and plans of actions.

The Finance Associate position forms part of the Financial Management Section of UN Women under the responsibility of the Deputy Director of Financial Management.  Under the guidance of Deputy Director of Financial Management and direct supervision of Finance Specialist –  Unit Head, the Finance Associate is responsible for  the preparation/discharge of allocated duties within assigned Unit of the Financial Management Section; The Finance Associate will always promote a client-oriented approach and abide by UN Women’s financial regulations and rules. 

The Finance Associate works in close collaboration with the staff of the Division of Management and Administration, Programme Division, Regional Office and Country Offices, as well other UN entities in HQS and COs for resolving complex finance-related issues and information delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensure administration of UN Women's financial resources:

  • Prepare and review  payment vouchers based on proper supporting documents authorized by the budget owners and project managers;
  • Perform corrective actionson unposted vouchers, including the vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions, unapproved vouchers;
  • Prepare various reports on incomplete/unpaid vouchers and initiate follow-up actions;
  • Maintain the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas; and other entitlements are duly processed;
  • Prepare and verify requests for general ledger journal entries (GLJEs), including supporting documents;
  • Follow up on errors in chart fields or over expenditures and ensure proper adjustments are made;
  • Issue budget journals for authorized spending limits (ASL) for non-core projects;
  • Associate non-core funds in commitment control;
  • Implement the control mechanism through monitoring of non-core budgets;
  • Reconcile assigned General ledger balances on a regular timetable as set by section.
  • Record signed Donor Agreements in Contracts/Revenue module of ATLAS and correspond with RCs and COs with queries;
  • Record deposits received in the un-applied tracking sheet, DAMS and apply funds to projects in the Accounts Receivable module
  • Update the Financial Commitments in Donor Agreement Management System (DAMS) when deposits are received;
  • Prepare covering letters for checks and ensuring they are passed to UNDP for banking;
  • Provide support for revenue management and revenue reporting;
  • Prepare other regular finance indicators or reports as requested;
  • Approval of vendors in Atlas where assigned under Delegation of Authority;
  • Prepare various financial reports for management, including bi-monthly and monthly Aged Outstanding Advances to Partners;
  • Verify and recommend for approval Accounts payable journal vouchers (APJVs) for liquidation of Partner Advances, and prepared APJVs for HQ Sections as necessary;
  • Monitor, reconcile and follow up with ROs and COs Advances to Implementing Partners which are not in accordance with the policy;
  • Review all requests for Write-off or Unilateral liquidation of Aged Advances to Partners submitted to Finance Section
  • Respond to requests to resolve financial data issues;
  • Provide administrative and financial support to  ROs, COs and HQ Sections as required
  • File and/or archive  supporting work papers and documents

Administer an provide financial  inputs to financial donor reporting and other management reports:

  • Prepare financial reports for donors for UN Women offices timely and submit to Virtual Global Service Centre (VGSC) Finance Specialists;
  • Monitor outstanding donor reports to donors and initiate follow-up actions with Country Offices and Sections. 
  • Prepare other regular finance indicators or management reports as requested;
  • Provide budget setup support to permit accurate reports in formats required by Donor (E.g. EU report).

Administer and implement financial procedures focusing on timely closure of projects:

  • Perform and provide advice for financial project closure of projects for UN Women (UNW) offices;
  • Monitor, reconcile and follow up with Country Offices and Sections on status of closed projects not yet financially closed;
  • Prepare various reports on project closure status and initiate follow-up actions;
  • Ensure proper control of the supporting documents for refunds to donors and general ledger journals;

Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Build and strengthen the capacity of UN Women offices in areas of financial management, including conducting trainings.
  • Assist in the coordination of and provide input to training materials on financial management areas assigned or other related finance items.
  • Actively participate in knowledge sharing and changes of duties with other staff in Finance team, as requested, to ensure that all duties have back-up staff assigned and trained;
  • Ensure full compliance with amendments to International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).  Inform other UN Women Finance Users to ensure IPSAS compliance and currency; 
  • Ensure full compliance with all UN Women Financial Regulations and Rules, Operations manuals, Internal Control policies and procedures, Standard operating procedures, Finance manual, and Delegations of Authority to ensure consistency across UN Women and harmonization with other UN Agencies.  Provide recommendations to Unit Head for proposed amendments;
  • Synthesize lessons learnt and best practices in financial processes and procedures;
  • Provide input to Finance business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of Internal Control Framework, Operations Manual in consultation with management;
  • Provide input to proposals and implementation of cost saving and reduction strategies in consultation with management;
  • Participate as a member of the UN Women Finance team in the internal and external audits of UN Women, including full understanding of audit recommendations and clearance timetable;
  • Assist with the implementation of  development projects identified for the Finance Section and suggest areas for consideration for future development of systems, processes and automation;
  • Actively promote a client-oriented Finance Section.
  • Perform other duties from time to time as requested by Supervisor or Deputy Director of Financial Management.

Impact of Results: 

The key results have an impact on the overall efficiency in financial resources management and success in implementation of operational strategies. Accurate analysis and presentation of financial information enhances UN Women's credibility in use of financial resources and proper financial process management. The information provided facilitates management decision making.

  • Timely and accurate of reports and compilation of data;
  • Timely response to requests to resolve financial data issues;
  • Timely, completes and accurate financial transactions/activities and documentation;
  • Timely and accurate advice on and full compliance with UN Women financial rules and regulations and policies;
  • Quality inputs which result in better-run systems and processes;
  • Timely monitoring of systems so that errors can be quickly resolved;
  • Proper control of supporting documents.


Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong accounting skills;
  • Knowledge of financial rules and regulations, and accounting;
  • Strong IT skills and proficiency;
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems;
  • Ability to administer and execute financial and accounting processes and transactions;
  • Results and client oriented approach to work;
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Completion of High School (Secondary Education) is required.
  • University Degree in Accounting or Finance is an advantage.
  • Completion of UN Women Accountancy & Finance Test required (to be conducted during the recruitment process).


  • At least 7 years of progressively relevant finance work experience is required.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, including vlookup, etc) and knowledge of database packages, working experience in web based ERP financial systems (i.e. SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, etc).
  • Knowledge of IPSAS and/or IFRS is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing complex financial reports required.


  • Fluency in English.  Knowledge of any other UN language is an advantage. 


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

GS fixed-term appointment (FTA) and temporary appointment (TA) positions located in New York are open to candidates who are either US Permanent Residents, US Citizens or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application and whose G4 visa has been acquired on account of their employment in the UN Systems based in New York.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.


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