Finance and Budget Officer, P4

UNITED NATION: United Nations Secretariat

United States United States (New York)Deadline: Jun 2, 2022full time


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Development Pillar, Human Rights Service (DPHR) of the Programme Planning and Budget Division (PPBD) in the Office of Programme, Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB) of the Department of Management, Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC). The Finance and Budget Officer reports to the Chief of Service and the Director of the Division.


Within delegated authority, the Finance & Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Programme Plan:

  • Reviews, analyses and finalizes the preparation of the Programme Plan and its revisions on the basis of departmental submissions, taking into account recommendations and decisions of specialized intergovernmental bodies.
  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their review of the Programme Plan and its revisions; secures approval from the General Assembly
  • Ensure legislative mandates are accurately translated into programme budgets.

Budget Preparation:

  • Reviews, analyses and finalizes cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements as well as programme plans and programme performance from Departments/offices at headquarters and in the field.
  • Coordinates, reviews, analyzes and finalizes programme budget in light of additional mandates.
  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval of budgetary proposals from the General Assembly

Budget administration:

  • Issues allotments, authorizes sub-allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.
  • Manages and monitors budget implementation and recommends reallocation of funds as necessary
  • Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels.
  • Reviews and finalizes budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures
  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies.


  • Provides advice and guidance, including training, to headquarters and field staff on budgetary and financial policies and procedures, including results-based budgeting.
  • Participates in inter-departmental meetings and/or technical survey missions on matters related to resource requirements, programming and budgetary issues.
  • Keeps up-to-date on documents/reports/guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to program, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.
  • Drafts reports for intergovernmental bodies and for management on budgetary issues, and correspondence
  • Undertakes research and analysis of budgetary policies and procedures, makes recommendations for changes and/or modifications.
  • Provides support with respect to representation of the Secretary-General in meetings of legislative organs.
  • Represents OPPFB or division in inter and intra-departmental meetings.
  • May plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Unit/Section assigned.
  • Incumbent may be asked to perform other related duties.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, finance, or related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in budgeting, administration, financial management or related field is required.
  • Of the seven years, at least 4 years of experience with results-based approaches to budgeting
    in a large international organization is required.
  • At least 3 years of experience in substantive support on budgetary issues to intergovernmental and expert bodies is required.
  • Experience with financial systems / finance modules of enterprise resource planning (ERP) such as Oracle, SAP, PeopleSoft is required.
  • Experience with reporting of budget information in accordance with IPSAS is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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