Senior Finance Assistant [temporary] – International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Posting Title: SENIOR FINANCE ASSISTANT, G7 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Senior Finance Assistant

Department/Office: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Duty Station: ARUSHA

Posting Period: 26 April 2022 – 09 May 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Finance-RMT-179117-J-Arusha (R)

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

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Finance Section, Registry of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), The Arusha Branch. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Finance Officer.

Duration of this temporary appointment will be for a duration of 364 days.


Under the supervision of the Finance Officer, Head of Accounts and Cashier, the incumbent will perform Accounts related functions including month-end and year-end closure related tasks, regular reconciliation of accounts, supervision of billing operations, VAT claims, bank reconciliation, trust fund reports and recording of incoming deposits. The incumbent will provide authoritative guidance of fixed asset accounting. The incumbent will also be drafting replies to audit observations. The incumbent is expected to analyse complex and/or unusual accounting transactions and difficult claims for travel, vendors, third parties, taxes, etc; as well as review and reconcile various Open Items Managed (OIM) accounts to ensure appropriate balances and allocation. The incumbent is also expected to develop reports to analyse, monitor and report the accounts on a periodic basis. The incumbent will also assist in the preparation of financial statements for various funds, approve payment and journal vouchers for various claims/payments ensuring compliance with relevant rules and control procedures. He/she will also provide guidance and training (including the preparation of training materials) to staff with respect to transaction processing and the use of Umoja system. Under the supervision of the Head of the Unit, the incumbent will help to provide advice and guidance regarding the United Nations’ financial regulations, rules, policies, and procedures to junior staff and clients.

With the Umoja system, the workflow is now more transversal and requires the incumbent to work across organizational lines, as such, the incumbent will troubleshoot issues in cooperation with other service lines (budget, travel office, HR, GSS, etc.). The incumbent is anticipated to draft/prepare memoranda/letters to various offices, departments, and entities. He/she will also be drafting SOPs and training materials on IPSAS/Umoja/Finance as required. The incumbent will help to respond to queries from staff members and third parties as needed. He/she will also perform any other duties as may be required to backstop staff in finance section.


Core Competencies:

  •  Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
  •  Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  •  Planning and Organising – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
  •  Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  •  Managing Performance – Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Advance knowledge of Excel is required. Extensive knowledge of SAP (Umoja) is required. Thorough understanding of IPSAS is required. Certificate/coursework/training in accounting, finance or directly related fields is highly desirable.

Work Experience

Applicants are required to have at least 10 years progressively responsible experience, preferably within the UN system, in finance/accounting.

Minimum 3 years experience applying International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is required.

Minimum 3 years of asset accounting is required.


English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of the other is highly desirable.


Candidates will be assessed by a comparative matrix.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

The appointment is limited to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.


Roster candidates must express their interest and availability for published job openings by submitting an updated PHP and cover letter.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations 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. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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