The United Nations Office at Geneva , Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th August, 2021

Job Description

This position is located in the Finance Section, Financial Resources Management Service, Division of Administration, United Nations Office at Geneva. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Unit.


Within delegated authority, the Accountant will be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Analyses accounts and reviews/evaluates regular financial reports at UNOG. 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 for inclusion in the UN Financial Statements to be audited. Responds to internal/external audit observations
  •  Provides advice and guidance concerning the United Nations’ Financial Regulations and Rules relating to diverse finance operations such as trust funds management.
  •  Provides authoritative interpretation of requirements for handling transactions.
  •  Monitors, analyses, and approves transactions (such as trust funds management) for entry into ERP system such as SAP.
  •  Defines requirements and works with systems units with respect to production of relevant financial reports.
  •  Participates in the development of accounting policies.
  •  Provides information needed to respond to audit findings.
  •  Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of 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. Very good IT skills with extensive knowledge of complex computerized accounting systems such as SAP. 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


  • 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.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, finance, budget, administration.
  • Out of these five years, three years in the United Nations Common System is desirable.
  • Experience with trust funds management is desirable.
  • Experience with Grants Module of ERP such as SAP is desirable.
  • Experience in accounting under IPSAS is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.


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