Finance Associate – United Nations Development Programme – Jakarta


Organizational Context

The United Nations system in Indonesia works as a team to develop the best strategy to respond to national needs and plans, building on agency asset. To support its operations, UN Indonesia is opening vacancies for roster of qualified personnel to be based not only in Jakarta but also in other areas as required. Candidates will be assessed by UN Human Resources team for particular type/level of function.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Operations Manager or Finance Specialist, the Programme Finance Associate provides leadership in execution of programme finance services ensuring effective and transparent utilization of financial resources and integrity of financial services. The Programme Finance Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Programme Finance Associate supervises and leads the support staff. The Programme Finance Associate works in close collaboration with the Management Support and Business Development, Programme and Operations teams in the Country Office (CO) and UNDP HQ and with project teams to resolve complex programmefinancial management-related issues and information delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of Key functions:

Administration and implementation of operational and financial management strategies, Support to CO programme management, administration of budgets and effective cost recovery
Support to implementation of the resource mobilization strategy

Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing, guidance to all stakeholders on financial matters

1. Ensures administration and implementation of operational and financial management strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:

Full compliance with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, and policies of financial activities, financial recording/reporting system and follow-up on audit recommendations; implementation of effective internal controls, proper functioning of a client-oriented financial resources management system.
CO Finance business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Finance in consultation with office management.
Implementation of cost sharing and trust fund agreements,
Elaboration of conditions of contributions within the CO resource mobilization efforts.

2. Provides support to CO programme management and ensures the optimal cost recovery focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Development and follow up on Programme Portfolio Pipeline and Project Tree in Atlas. Entry of data of new grants into Atlas in the form of Annual Work Plans (AWPs), monitoring of AWPs status.
Sending project budget to KK (if authorized and on the basis of signed project documents and project budgets)
Oversee Atlas matching, implementation of effective internal controls, proper functioning of a client-oriented financial resources management system, control mechanism for development projects through monitoring budgets preparation and modifications, budgetary status versus ASL, follow up with HQs on ASL for development projects, maintenance of the General Ledger.
Provision of the information/reports on the situation in programme, identification of operational and financial problems, proposal of solutions.
Vendors approval (if authorized by SM)
Accuracy verification of Combined Delivery Reports and follow-up on their signing by National Counterparts.
Regular monitoring of the CO delivery
Provision of advice on reporting
Preparation of reports including donor reports
Verification and reconciliation of various expenditures reports from the CO, HQ and Executing Agencies.
Periodic monitoring of dashboards and exceptions, identification of the remedial actions in coordination with the supervisor.
Timely preparation of cost-recovery bills in Atlas for the services provided, implementation of the income tracking system and follow up on cost recovery.
Provision of researched information for the audit of NEX projects, implementation of audit recommendations.

3. Provides support to implementation of the resources mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:

Drafting of cost sharing and trust fund agreements and obtaining of clearances from HQ if necessary.
Monitoring of cost-sharing contributions, preparation of AR pending items, application of deposits against prepared pending items.
Track and reporting on mobilized resources by performing the following tasks if assigned to the S/M.
Review signed cost-sharing contribution agreements and trust fund agreements.
Enter Agreement information into Contracts Module.
Attach copy of the signed agreement in Atlas
Create Billing Plan in Contracts Module.
Create Revenue Plan and establish Milestones in Contracts Module.
Bill a donor through Contracts Module.
Maintain contributions/receivables documentation
Apply cash receipt to the proper revenue source / fund or project
Advice to Programme and Project Staff on different donor reporting requirements; monitoring of financial reports to be submitted to donors.
4. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing, guidance to all stakeholders on financial matters focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
Advice to Project staff on UNDP administrative and NEX reporting, in particular, on budgetary issues.
Organization of training for the operations/programme/projects staff on financial management and RBM.
Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in programme and project finance.
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall CO efficiency in programme, smooth running of finances and success in implementation of programme strategies and smooth running. Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP’s position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision making of the management.


Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Functional Competencies:

Building Partnerships

Maintaining information and databases

Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
Tracks and reports on mobilized resources
Promoting Organizational Learning And Knowledge Sharing

Basic research and analysis

Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things
Identifies and communicates opportunities to promote learning and knowledge sharing
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
Possesses knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks (broad range of specialized knowledge related to financial resources management, including formulating budgets, maintaining Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables, reporting).
Identifies new and better approaches to work processes and incorporates same in own work
Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Promoting Organizational Change and Development

Presentation of information on best practices in organizational change

Documents ‘best practices’ in organizational change and development within and outside the UN system
Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions
Design and Implementation of Management Systems

Data gathering and implementation of management systems

Uses information/databases/other management systems
Makes recommendations related to work procedures and implementation of management systems
Client Orientation

Maintains effective client relationships

Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
Responds to client needs promptly

Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management

Gathering and disseminating information

Gathers and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems
Maintains databases

Core Competencies:

Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Self-development, initiative-taking
Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Managing conflict
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
Informed and transparent decision making

Required Skills and Experience

Recruitment Qualifications


Secondary Education, with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance. University Degree in Finance, Business or Public Administration desirable, but it is not a requirement. Part-qualified accountants from an internationally recognized institute of accountancy will have a distinct advantage.
UNDP Accountancy & Finance Test required

7 years of progressively responsible financial management or accounting experience is required, with knowledge of programme or project finance desirable. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
Knowledge of IPSAS and/or IFRS required.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station

Applicant must complete P11 form and submit as part of their application.  Click here to download the form –

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

UNDP Indonesia reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP Indonesia at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and education requirements

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