UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCYFOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EASTUNRWAUNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWAs services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. For its local team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:
Head, Provident Fund Accounts and Payments Section
(Re-Advertised) Candidates having previously applied need not to re-apply
Vacancy Announcement Number
Deadline for Applications
22 June 2013
Duty Station
HQ Amman, Jordan
The incumbent of this post is responsible to the Chief Provident Fund Secretariat.Primary Duties and Responsibilities Check and prepare a monthly summary of Provident Fund assets and liabilities, for main and conservative fund; accrue management and custody fees; calculate monthly and year-to-date net interest rate from Provident Fund investment, for main and conservative fund; liaise closely with the Provident Fund custodian and the Fund Managers on received accounting data and reports; Maintain the Provident Fund accounts, for main and conservative fund, by performing the following duties:- Prepare financial records and statements and raise the necessary journal vouchers on a daily basis in accordance with IFRS accounting standards to ensure the overall quality and accuracy of accounting information, including the Provident Fund trial balance and other accounting reports;- Keep abreast of latest issuances and developments in the financial accounting IFRS standards, by maintaining close contact with accounting regulatory bodies to ensure the best utilization of this information for the benefit of the Provident Fund;- Prepare the monthly financial statements on the 7th working day of Provident Fund assets, liabilities and accruals, for the main and conservative fund;- Reconcile accounts between Provident Fund and UNRWA on a monthly basis; report discrepancies to the Chief Provident Fund Secretariat; review the reconciliation reports of the asset value reported by the investment manager and the asset value reported by the global custodian;- Provide a lead role in liaising with the ERP team in testing and proving that the accounting treatment of transactions in the to be developed new ERP solution is in all functional respects, IFRS compliant;- Ensure policy and operational adherence to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); - Develop and maintain a close relationship with the Field Finance Officers agency wide. Supervise the work of PF Payments Officer and PF Accounting Control Officer; ensures the proper payment of PF entitlements for the separated and current members in the main and conservative fund and PF Humanitarian Repayable Withdrawals; review, modify, initiate and implement internal control procedures. Ensure that reconciliations between UNRWA and PF are prepared on a monthly basis for main and conservative fund, and funds are allocated/withdrawn from /to the appropriate fund; Assist the supervisor in preparation of summaries and schedules for distribution at PFC and IAC meetings; Assist in conducting training seminars for the local staff in investment principles and terminology used and in Provident Funds structure and investments; Prepare the yearly financial statements and notes of Provident Fund assets, liabilities and accruals, for the main and conservative fund; Assist the supervisor in monitoring the Provident Fund Humanitarian Repayable Withdrawals scheme and in preparing and monitoring the Provident Fund budget; Assist in preparing periodic educational materials, bulletins and leaflets on developments and trends in investments, for the main and conservative fund; Coordinate Provident Fund replies to internal and external auditors; Prepare analysis, correspondence and reports related to the above functions; maintain complete and adequate working papers; Liaise with Information Systems Division regarding the improvement and upgrade of Provident Fund systems.Professional Knowledge and Experience Advanced university degree in administration with specialization in accounting or auditing from a recognized institute; At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in investment, accounting, compliance or auditing combined with system development experience using personal computers; Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.Competencies Ability to use various computer applications; Ability to take initiative and maintain cordial relationship with all concern; Excellent supervisory skills with the ability to maintain a teamwork spirit; Excellent training skills; Excellent analytical skills.Desirable Qualifications Membership of internationally recognized professional institution specially CFA, CIA or CPA; Knowledge of UNRWA rules and systems.Additional InformationThe incumbent will be required to travel inside UNRWAs area of operations. Equivalency When the minimum requirements are not fully met, Field Director for Field Area staff and Director of Human Resources for Headquarters Area staff, in consultation with the concerned supervisor may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.Conditions of Service The fixed term appointment is for 3 years including 1 year probation period. Monthly basic salary starting at JD 1176.60 plus Senior Professional Officer Allowance of 69.90% from the basic salary.Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution (15% of basic salary paid by the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, and dependency allowance (if applicable).How to ApplyApplicants are required to register at refresh by creating a personal profile and completing an UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through refresh will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.Please ensure that the e-mail address that you will indicate in your Personal History Profile is accurate, candidates shortlisted for test or interview will only be contacted by e-mail. No follow up phone calls will be made.General InformationUNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. First priority will be given to fully qualified staff members; second priority to fully qualified external Palestine refugee applicants. As an Area post, preference will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non- smoking work environment.The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts. Date of issue: 09 June 2013/TAH