Finance Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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

Job Description

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.


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:

  •  Analyse, reconcile and post monthly staff costs (actuals & encumbrances).
  •  Ensure accurate allocation of bank forward hedging by staff on a monthly basis.
  •  Prepare year-end accruals taking into account possible retro adjustments.
  •  Prepare regular monitoring reports for staff costs and overtime highlighting trends or anomalies.
  •  Prepare quarterly reports on Corporate services/enabling functions and post-occupancy fund.
  •  Implement payroll changes, system enhancements and follow up on IT issues.
  •  Prepare and maintain related SOPs.
  • Respond to various external reporting requirements, perform ad-hoc analysis and all other related duties as assigned.



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.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Setting an example
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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