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Chief Of Section, Finance And Budget, NAIROBI, KENYA

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Organization: United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi

Office: UNSOS Nairobi, Kenya

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Monday, 13 December 2021



Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 29 November 2021 – 13 December 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Finance-UNSOS-168366-F-Nairobi (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Chief of Section, Finance and Budget will be based in Nairobi and reports to the Chief Operations and Resource Management (CORM) in supporting the delivery of strategic support and business intelligence, including advice to operational counterparts and senior leadership on financial resourcing and stewardship and organizational performance of the Mission in line with Mission priorities. The Chief of Section, Finance and Budget, in the same capacity, also supports the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary- General Somalia (SRSG) for Somalia.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Finance and Budget will be responsible for the following duties:

Acts as the principal advisor to senior leadership of the Mission on questions related to financial resourcing and stewardship, and organizational performance in line with Mission priorities and provides advice on new approaches and practices.

Leads the Financial Resourcing and Performance Section guiding and coordinating the efforts towards the achievement of programme objectives.

Strategic Resourcing and Stewardship

Leads the Mission’s budget development programme, providing guidance and coordination with respect to the establishment of major resourcing priorities, preparation of comprehensive budget submissions, application of results-based budgeting principles, analysis of the costs and benefits of major new proposals, and coordination of performance reporting.

Provides leadership and guidance to programme and resource managers throughout the mission, and acting on behalf of the mission at UNHQ, in the monitoring of budgetary execution and financial performance to identify issues, priorities timely solutions, and exceptions warranting further action as well as in participating in projects to enhance the cost-effectiveness of mission activities, monitors achievement of objectives.

Effectively leads the financial administration of the mission, including the provision of authoritative advice with regard to the UN’s Financial Regulations and Rules.

Prepares financial models, estimates and cost-benefit analysis in response to planning for and implementing major operational changes including the preparation of financial implications of mandates or programme adjustments.

Supports the legislative review processes especially the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the 5th Committee of the General Assembly.

Ensures that the financial accounts of the mission are continually maintained, monitored and that annual financial statements are certified in accordance with the requirements of the UN Controller and UN Financial Regulations and Rules. c0L9otf CWdH0h

Ensures that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained in accordance with the UN’s Financial Regulations and Rules and proper management of mission resources.

Leads the preparation of the Mission’s draft responses with regard to audits findings and recommendations from both the Board of external Auditors (BOA) and Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Provides advice and corrective actions.

Acts as the Secretary of the Mission’s Resource Stewardship Executive Group.

Performance Monitoring

Ensures strong management reporting practices and business intelligence for effective and efficient budgetary and performance management, integrating all aspects of the Mission’s operations and identifying remedial actions.

Leads ongoing monitoring, analysis, and reporting to ensure that the Mission’s organizational performance is tracking with set targets and resource requirements are aligned with mandates and other priorities.


Plans, organizes, directs the activities of multiple teams and resources of the Section. Manages the staff in Section in prioritizing, planning, and assigning responsibilities, developing, and maintaining needed expertise and knowledge, and identifying opportunities for improvement, including their on-going learning and career development.

Represents the Mission on cross-cutting projects and initiatives to improve resource management, financial operations in the field operations.

Ensure an effective cashier as needed.

Ensures that all activities within Financial Resourcing and Performance Section are in compliance with the DPO/DOS Environmental and Waste Management policies and in line with DOS Environment Strategy objectives. Coordinates with the Mission’s Environmental Officer for guidance as needed.

Serves on formal oversight and decision-making bodies established in the Mission, including the Local Committee on Contracts, and Local Property Survey Board.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Demonstrated expertise in applying contemporary principles and practices to financial management and resource planning, accounting and financial reporting, and financial operations, in a complex organizational setting; ability to develop and implement new policies, procedures and other improvement initiatives to promote cost-effective resource management and strengthen financial stewardship and control; extensive experience in preparing and/or interpreting financial information in an IPSAS-compliant or similar accounting environment; proven capacity to provide valued input to a strategic organizational planning and/or oversight framework; demonstrated success in addressing challenging scenarios and problems from a strategic perspective and with effective solutions; significant experience in defining operational and organizational objectives in a results-based resourcing framework; capacity to provide strategic support to senior leadership; 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, finance, or related field is required. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or similar recognized professional designation is desirable. A combination of extensive experience in accounting, budget or finance coupled with active enrollment in a CPA or related professional program may be accepted in lieu.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in finance, budget, administration, public administration, business administration, or related area is required.

Experience managing a large, multi-functional team is required.

Experience in cost management, budget formulation, financial monitoring, accounting, audit, financial reporting, or other related areas is required.

Experience in translating strategies into financial plans and operations is required.

Experience working with international or multi-national organizations is desirable.

Experience working in a volatile, conflict or post conflict settings is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.



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