Monday, October 10, 2011

Finance and Budget Assistant II Grade: G5

The Organization's essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others. PAHO promotes primary health care strategies, which reach people in their communities, to extend health services to all and to increase efficiency in the use of scarce resources.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative and the direct supervision of the Administrator, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Assist in the planning, compilation and preparation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the semiannual program of work (PTS), including the allocation of regular and extra-budgetary funds by projects; ensure that all regular and extra-budgetary funded transactions in the areas of budget control, finance, and accounts are effected in accordance with established PAHO rules, regulations, directions and procedures; providing supervision, direction and guidance to staff;
b) Utilize the financial and budgetary computer software programs to process budgetary transactions; generate standard financial reports; monitor the computerized budgetary and financial activities of the PWR Office; develop and/or assist in the development of the software and the corresponding operational standards and procedures manuals; conduct or oversee the appropriate system administration and maintenance tasks; ensure that a backup of data is made daily;
c) Establish and maintain local allotment control records and verify accuracy and propriety of recorded information by concept, expenditure, subsidy detail, BPB resources, requests, etc. (establishment, increase, reduction and cancellation); maintain updated the projects records by extra-budgetary allotments, reconcile periodically with the cumulative report of expenditures and the history of obligations by SOS allotment;
d) Provide budgetary support to the Representation including computerized budgetary activities that may include, but are not limited to: liaison and follow up with Financial Resources Management (FRM) and Program Budget (PRB/PB) at Headquarters in connection with budgetary matters; allotment maintenance and analysis, budget projections and reconciliation; and operating the budget module; prepare budgets and projection analysis of the costs relative to the general operation expenses of the Country Office, as required;
e) Prepare allotment analysis and projections; effect allotment reconciliation with Headquarters and recommend allotment revisions when required; prepare the monthly bank reconciliation;
f) Collaborate with the Administrator to monitor the payment of Government quota contributions and in the establishment or modification of internal operating procedures; maintain files on the Government's Quota contributions and provide information and support to both Headquarters and the Government in this respect;
g) Ensure that PAHO's financial Rules and Regulations are adhered to in the obligating and disbursement of funds of the Organization, and that security control measures are in place and operational with respect to financial aspects of the Representation, as recommended by Headquarters;
h) Reconcile financial reports from Headquarters with data in the Country Office, making adjustments as necessary and advising of any discrepancies; provide information regarding the budget, allotments or obligations, as required;
i) Ensure that the year end closure procedures are followed, in accordance with established practices and procedures;
j) Monitor the financial billings of the local employment agency, verify costs and submit for appropriate payments;
k) Maintain the registration and inventory control of the Office;
l) Compose routine letters, memoranda, electronic mail, reports, charts on own initiative or from verbal instructions using standard office computer software;
m) Perform the monthly bank reconciliation;
n) Perform other duties as assigned.
Essential: High school diploma with formal training in the accounting or financial field.
Desirable: Specialized training at the college, university or business school level with emphasis in accounting would be an asset.
Key Behavioral Competencies :
--Intra-institutional Action: Displays, through behavior, understanding of PAHO's values and mission. Seeks information on and acts with understanding of the Organization's expectations while advancing further the understanding and application of its policies. Shows interest and concern for the activities related to his/her work in conjunction with the mission, values, vision and policies of the organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
--Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Objectively analyzes situations and, based on evidence and knowledge, suggests actions to improve implementation. Bases one's actions on available information, applies knowledge acquired from experience. Prioritizes the information according to one's needs or the Organization's. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one to six months ahead.
--Teamwork: Encourages team members, adds significant contribution when participating in internal and external work teams, and leads through personal example the virtues of team success--collaboration, trust, transparency and joint responsibilities. Builds and maintains mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relations based on trust, inside and outside the Organization. Keeps every team member informed as well as shares relevant and useful information.
--Service Orientation: Follows through on the client inquiries, requests and complaints. Keeps client up-to-date about progress of projects. Monitors client satisfaction.
--Administrative support for technical cooperation interventions: Searches for and furnishes relevant information about resource allocation and deadlines, potential critical points, risks and benefits, and other related aspects of available options to provide support for the technical cooperation teams.
--Accountability: Accurately and objectively provides information, as required, on one's activities. Prepares accurate and objective reports on one's activities and partial/final results. Can account for each of the specific tasks of one's work.
--Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Participates in the formulation of intervention plans, providing input to ensure an adequately funded budget.

Technical Expertise:
--Proficiency in the use of automated financial accounting systems and specialized mainframe associated with assigned responsibilities.
--Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles and practices and ability to analyze financial data.
--Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and carry out financial/accounting processes, such as: monitoring budget and accounting activities, developing operational standards and procedures manuals, determining priorities, adjusting or identifying new internal procedures, etc.
--Skills in planning, organizing, evaluating, problem-solving and decision-making of office management processes.
---Ability to write/originate routine and non-routine correspondence and reports.
---Ability to supervise, including skills in planning, organizing, evaluating, problem-solving and decision-making of office management matters.

IT Skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Working knowledge of automated systems and microcomputers particularly with regard to financial, accounting, and/or administrative operations. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project will be an asset
Five years of experience in general accounting work, including experience with automated systems for financial and budgetary control operations or three years of experience in accounting/financial budgetary operations, and one year of college or university level courses towards a declared minor/major in the area of accounting, finance, business administration.
Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of Dutch. Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$15,093.00 at single rate

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