Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The overall objective of the Awards and Accounts unit (ACT) within the Department of Finance (FNM) is to provide accounting policy, guidance and support throughout the Organization (including hosted entities) and to manage the production of the annual WHO financial statements and accompanying reports. ACT is the focal point for accounting matters for Regions, Countries, Technical Units, related entities and the Global Service Desk. ACT directs and coordinates the monthly and yearly financial closure processes and coordinates on behalf of the Organization (and hosted entities) with the External Auditor in order that they can carry out their verifications of WHO financial records and issue an audit opinion. ACT ensures the integrity of the Organization wide financial information by overseeing the general ledger. ACT analyses global expenditure and issues policies and procedures to ensure effective controls are in place. ACT oversees the timely recording, tracking and reporting of donor funded activities via an award in line with donor agreements.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Finance Officer (OLD) is responsible to ensure all monthly payroll costs are correctly allocated to the various workplans throughout the Organization and the hosted entities. The specific duties include the following:
Essential: A first university degree in accounting, business administration, finance, management, public administration or related field with possession of an internationally recognized professional accounting qualification such as CA, CPA, ACCA or equivalent.
Desirable: Advanced university degree (masters level, MBA or equivalent).
Essential: A minimum five years of progressive financial managerial responsibility in large, complex organization, preferably with decentralized operations of which at least three years at the international level. Extensive accounting, reporting and policy experience. Sound experience in the use of ERP systems (Oracle, SAP).
Desirable: Experience working with International Public Sector Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards or other international accounting standards. Proven project management skills.
Demonstrated skills and knowledge of principles and practices of accounting, financial management and reporting.Attention to detail with the ability to analyze large sets of financial data and recommend appropriate actions. Very good knowledge of and skills in the use of modern integrated accounting systems and excel. Sound judgement, integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with others. Proven written and communication skills. Supervisory, leadership ability, negotiation skills and a Team player.
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.