Finance Officer – General Accounts, for Internal Staff Only, Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory At United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Closing date: Saturday, 17 June 2023

Posting Title: Finance Officer – General Accounts, for internal staff only, 16

Job Code Title: Finance Officer – General Accounts

Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Duty Station: GAZA

Posting Period: 03 June 2023 – 17 June 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Finance-UNRWA-210601-R-Gaza (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting1. Supervisor: The incumbent of this post reports to Deputy Head Field Finance Office. 2. Supervisees: Directly supervises Assistant Finance Officer – General Accounts, A14 who in turn supervises the remaining staff in General Accounts, composed of professional and support staff.


The incumbent: 1. Oversees and monitors all activities related to the general ledger and its subsidiary ledgers related to his/her respective Field and ensures they are in compliance with IPSAS; ensures work plans are aligned as needed. 2. Plans, leads, monitors and evaluates the work of the staff assigned; provides technical guidance and ensures that the staff are sufficiently trained to perform their functions; supervises or conducts training sessions as required. 3. As part of the Field Finance management team, contributes to the development of the annual work plan, guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools as well as revision and improvement of relevant processes and systems, Field specific manuals, instructions, and operational procedures in line with the general ones issued by Headquarters. 4. Ensures all activities in the month-end and year-end closure schedule are finalized within the Field Finance Office plans and in line with the closure instructions provided by Headquarters Finance Department; reviews the list of liabilities and commitments related to his/her respective Field and ensures the accrual actions are completed in Reach (UNRWA’s ERP system) during the month-end closure. 5. Validates the accuracy of all the reconciliations prepared by his/her staff during the month-end and ensures that the clearing actions are adequately completed in the relevant Reach transactions. 6. Ensures proper maintenance of the Assets accounting and ensures that all related accounting transactions are completed in coordination with all offices in the respective Field; liaises with the Field property management office for checking the correct allocation and accounting of all fixed assets in the Field. 7. Oversees and confirms that all accounting transactions and records are properly and efficiently maintained for all various claims including: Canteen rent revenue and related expenses, VAT claims, claims for donor grants and other; ensures all claims are completed in coordination with relevant offices in the respective Field and maintains all related reports. 8. Provides support to Deputy Head, Field Finance Office during UNBoA audit and EU verification missions; performs necessary analysis and reconciliations to prepare adhoc reports as required by Headquarters Finance related his/her Field or as requested by Field Management. 9. Advises Deputy Head, Field Finance Office on General Accounts operations, including: Vouchers, General and Subsidiary Ledgers, accounting actions, Assets accounting, various claims and any other related actions performed by his/her unit; acts as Deputy Head Field Finance Office in their short term absence as requested by Head Field Finance Office. 10. Performs other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

CompetenciesUN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. in addition to the following competencies: 1. Deciding and Initiating Action. 2. Leading and Supervising. 3. Applying Technical Expertise. 4. Analyzing. 5. Planning and Organizing.

EducationA university degree from an accredited educational institution in accounting, finance, or related field, including course work in advanced accountancy and financial management systems.

Work ExperienceIt is required to have at least six years’ experience in finance or accounting office of a large governmental, international or commercial organization in a computerized environment with a financial management information system, of which three years should be at supervisory level. It is required to have experience and professional knowledge in the usage of computer applications such as Excel and Access. The vacancy notice is open to internal staff only. indicating your employee number and post title is required.

LanguagesExcellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special NoticeType of Contract: Fixed Term Appointment Duration of Contract: 3 years including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need. Conditions of service:

  •  Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary from $1,705.00; senior professional officer allowance 25% of the basic salary; and monthly dependency allowance up to $123.25.
  •  Leave: 36 days of annual leave for staff attending UNRWA duty stations with six-day working week. 30 days of annual leave for staff attending UNRWA duty stations with five-day working week.
  •  Pension: Provident Fund contribution (15.4% of basic salary paid by the Agency)
  •  Other conditions of service and benefits may apply. Desirable Qualifications Membership of an officially recognized professional accounting body This vacancy notice is open to internal candidates. Only candidates residing in Gaza Strip, and within commuting distance of the duty station with authorization to work in the duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in Gaza Strip, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded. Preference will be given to registered Palestine refugees and candidates assisting the Agency to meet its commitment to gender parity. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post. Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA’s online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. All acquired university degrees must also be stated, if applicable. Applicants applying to positions for Grades 12 to 20 must submit a cover letter/motivational statement in order to be considered. Additionally, providing incorrect or misleading information on an application will result in the immediate disqualification of a candidate. For UNRWA internal staff, they are required to specify and include their current UNRWA grade level. To do so applicants should select under “Category” RLG, scroll down to see all categories, then select their local grade. Equivalency: Equivalency may apply for this post. NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. Advertisements published only in English will only accept applications in English, and Arabic submissions will not be considered. The Agency may disqualify applicants whose name appears on the UN Sanctions List or a UN database of staff separated for reason of misconduct or of staff who separated whilst misconduct processes were pending. UNRWA shares investigation and misconduct information with other UN Agencies, and past and prospective employers, about staff members who have been separated for misconduct, or who have separated whilst an investigation and/or disciplinary process for misconduct is underway; and such persons may be prohibited from employment with the United Nations. The Agency will immediately disqualify applicants who are ineligible for any reason in accordance with the Agency regulatory framework. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

United Nations ConsiderationsStaff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her. UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups. At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. UNRWA Considerations UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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