Senior Finance Assistant || International Labour Organisation (ILO)

  • Harare

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

DUE : 27 FEB 2023

Senior Finance Assistant – G6
Grade: G6
Vacancy no.: RB/HRE/GS/2023/01
Job ID: 10364
Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: CO-Harare
Location: Harare
Contract type: Fixed Term

The recruitment process for General Service positions is subject to local recruitment regulations and Article 4.3 of the ILO Staff Regulations.

The following are eligible to apply:
ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
External candidates
The ILO values diversity among its staff and welcomes applications from qualified female candidates. We also encourage applicants with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to
Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.

Organizational Setting
This position is in Harare, Country Office (CO) for Zimbabwe and Namibia Office under Operations work unit. This work unit is responsible for a range of specialised finance and administrative support services in an efficient, effective and client-oriented manner. Work involves using the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to process transactions for financial planning, clearance, and payment processing. The incumbent performs at a fully operational level and resolves a variety of recurring and non-recurring operational issues, requiring the correct application of financial rules and regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Main Purpose
As a team member, the incumbent provides senior level finance support and is responsible for performing, completing and/or overseeing specialized financial management support services in an efficient, effective and client-oriented manner. The incumbent performs a range of administrative actions related to the financial operations of the Office. Work involves using the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The incumbent ensures the correct application, interpretation and adaptation of established financial rules and regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines. The incumbent evaluates and provides inputs into the design and development of improved financial services and delivery processes.

Under the overall responsibility of the Country Director for Zimbabwe and Namibia (CO-Harare), the Senior Finance Assistant will report directly and receive overall guidance from the Operations Officer in Finance. Supervision received is focused on facilitating service delivery, ensuring that agreed results are achieved and that work is coordinated and integrated with related services within processing timelines. Work assignments are generally carried out under minimum supervision with the incumbent operating with a high degree of independence. Work is reviewed for feasibility of recommendations and correctness of end results. Work involving the handling of complex and intricate finance-related matters including those affecting other related activities of the work unit is also reviewed.

Working Relationships
Internal contacts are with staff and managers in field offices, project locations and headquarters to provide finance support and guidance for the resolution of complex issues in compliance with applicable standards. Contacts are also to coordinate activities with other units for the delivery of interrelated services. The Senior. Finance Assistant will also work closely with Finance and Administrative Assistants in Technical Development Cooperation (DTC) projects. The incumbent regularly liaises with and receives guidance from the regional finance unit.

External contacts are primarily with service providers, banks and with counterparts in United Nations (UN) agencies and other international organizations to coordinate and follow up on pending issues. The incumbent shares information and contributes to resolving complex finance-related support matters.

Key Duties and Responsibilities(only if needed)
Key duties and responsibilities
1. Undertake and complete a range of specialized finance support functions and services. Initiate, process, review and follow up on administrative actions, including verifying that information and documentation is in compliance with financial rules and regulations, policies, procedures and applicable standards.
2. Perform targeted analytical reviews and trend analysis of specific types of activities including extra-budgetary projects, ensuring proper authorization and complete supporting documentation, and check for fraudulent documents and transactions. Contribute to the preparation of financial analytical reports.
3. Serve as a certifying officer for the Office as necessary.
4. Undertake monthly bank reconciliation and follow up on outstanding issues including contacting banks to clarify issues on account statements.
5. Review, correct and maintain a variety of financial, budget and other accounting records and documents to ensure that transactions are matched and completed. Maintain, monitor and reconcile budget data, including for overtime, salary deductions and other payments. Prepare detailed cost estimates and participate in budget analysis and projections as required. Prepare year-end closure of accounts in compliance with applicable standards and procedures.
6. Review and analyse financial transactions performed by the concerned office(s) and ensure their overall compliance with applicable standards. Keep management informed of the internal control of financial and administrative activities and propose action as required.

7. Conduct review of accounts and analyse information from multiple sources for financial status, implementation and monitoring reports, activities and projects. Follow up on VAT claims and outstanding claims on advances and closing of suspense accounts. Monitor and provide information on the utilization of resources for donor and other funding counterpart reporting.
8. Assist in the follow-up on internal audit recommendations, draft responses to external audit inquiries and observations, for the consideration of the supervisor.
9. Keep abreast of changes to financial rules and regulations, policies, procedures and other developments and provide guidance and deliver training to staff with the view to building knowledge. Oversee and guide the work of support staff performing finance-related work as required.
10. Evaluate and propose improvements to work methods and processes with a view to ensuring optimum efficiency and effectiveness. Liaise closely with other administrative areas to ensure effective and smooth service design and delivery, recommending improvements on interrelated processes.
11. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements
Completion of secondary school education. Training in accounting or finance.
Minimum of six years of operational or administrative support work experience, the majority of which in the provision of financial operations support services. Experience of working with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, in particular finance modules.
Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of an official national language of the duty station.

Knowledge and Competencies (technical/behavioural)
• Good knowledge of financial administration, accounting techniques, local taxation and banking methods.
• Good knowledge of international accounting standards such as International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) or other international or national accounting standards.
• Knowledge of methods and techniques for assessing quality and efficiency of process execution.
• Ability to maintain financial records and prepare clerical accounting reports and statements.
• Knowledge of the substantive nature of ILO programmes and activities.
• Knowledge of UN Common System policies in the area of finance.
• Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software) such as Microsoft Office.
• In addition to the ILO core competencies [Integrity and transparency, Sensitivity to diversity, Orientation to learning and knowledge sharing, Client orientation, Communication, Orientation to change, Takes responsibility for performance, Quality orientation, Collaboration], this position requires:

• Ability to interpret and work within the applicable financial rules and regulations, policies and procedures.
• Ability to adapt quickly to new software and systems.
• Accuracy and attention to detail.
• Sense of responsibility to maintain data integrity.
• Ability to coordinate the work of support staff.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided the said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.

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