UNFPA Nepal

Administrative and Finance Associate

UNFPA Nepal

Administrative and Finance Associate

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is a voluntary-funded international organization with a presence in over 150 countries, including Nepal. UNFPA is guided by the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Its mission is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

The work of UNFPA is based on the premise that all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections. We focus on women and young people because these are groups whose ability to exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health is often compromised. Our work is informed by an understanding of population dynamics, human rights and cultural sensitivity.

UNFPA in Nepal

UNFPA support to Nepal began in 1971 and has evolved in response to the changing national contexts. The current 8th Country Programme (2018-2022) is in line with Sustainable Development Goals, ICPD Programme of Action, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Nepal and national priorities set by the Government of Nepal.   

UNFPA partners with the Government of Nepal, youth and women’s organizations and development partners to advance its mission. Under the 8th Country Programme and in line with its mandate, UNFPA Nepal is working around the following areas:

Sexual and reproductive health and rights: UNFPA is supporting national efforts in Nepal to improve the sexual and reproductive health of the most marginalized adolescent girls and women. The Fund is largely focusing on youth aged 15-24 and the most marginalized women addressing both the demand and supply sides of reproductive health services to improve access to information and services on maternal health, family planning, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Gender equality: UNFPA’s support to the Government of Nepal under this overarching theme seeks to ensure that vulnerable groups experience greater self-confidence, respect and dignity. We are building national capacity in the health sector to address gender-based violence (GBV), prevent child marriage and other harmful practices, and working to enhance the knowledge and capacity of men, women and communities to GBV.

Adolescents and youth: Investing in young people, especially the vulnerable and the marginalized, is a priority for UNFPA Nepal. The country has a large adolescent and youth population. Nepal is experiencing a demographic window of opportunity, a ‘youth bulge’. Nepali youth face several development challenges, including access to education, employment, gender inequality, child marriage, youth-friendly health services and adolescent pregnancy. Yet, with investments in their participation and leadership, young people can transform the social and economic fortunes of the country. UNFPA Nepal works with the government and partners to advocate for adolescents and youth’s rights and investments, including education, livelihood skills and health, including sexual and reproductive health.
 

Population dynamics: Population megatrends at the national and sub-national levels in Nepal continued rapid population growth, population aging, urbanization and migration — not only frame the entire development debate, they demand a reconsideration and re-conceptualization of what will be the main challenges for a new Nepal. Without an adequate understanding of how Nepal is changing from a demographic perspective, forward-looking planning and agenda setting will be of little value. Keeping this in mind, UNFPA Nepal is working with the government to ensure that national, sectoral and decentralized policies and plans address population dynamics and the interlinkages with gender equality, poverty reduction, the needs of young people, and reproductive health, including family planning.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is a voluntary-funded international organization with a presence in over 150 countries, including Nepal. UNFPA is guided by the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Its mission is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is …

Administrative and Finance Associate

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Position: RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Administrative and Finance Associate, Provincial Offices 
No. of position: Two positions
Type of contract: Fixed Term Appointment
Post level: GS-6
Duty station: Butwal / Dhangadhi
Application deadline: Thursday, 30 June 2022

All applicants who have applied for this post don't need to re-submit their applications.

No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5

Organizational Setting
The Position:

The Administrative and Finance Associate (AFA) positions are located in each of the three UNFPA Nepal Provincial Offices in Janakpur, Dhangadhi and Butwal, and supports the operations of the provincial offices as an extension of the Operations Team. You will work under the technical guidance of the International Operations Manager and the Operations team based in Kathmandu. You will report directly to the Head of the Provincial Office and support the UNFPA team in the province and local level by performing a range of standard administrative and financial processes and facilitate effective programme management and oversight with respect to operations at provincial and local level, in compliance with UNFPA rules and regulations. You will have a dotted reporting line to the International Operations Manager for compliance and technical related matters for the province

Job Purpose:
The AFA provides support to the provincial and local offices’ operations, ensures execution of transparent and efficient services, and promotes a client-focused and results-oriented approach, ensuring high quality and accuracy of work and compliance with the UNFPA policies and procedures.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

The AFA will be responsible for:

1. Provision of effective and efficient administrative and operational support services:

  • Provides administrative and logistical support for the organization of workshops, seminars, meetings, high level visits, and other related activities
  • Facilitates procurement of goods and services as per UNFPA policies and procedures
  • Performs the Atlas/ERP system roles as Assets Focal Point for the provincial office and keeps an up-to-date inventory list of office assets and supplies, in line with UNFPA Asset Management Policy and Programme Supplies Policy
  • Responsible for provincial office drivers’ supervision and vehicle management
  • Coordinates office transportation requirements and provision of transportation services to officials, personnel and visitors in an efficient manner following UNFPA guidelines
  • Coordinates with the UNFPA Kathmandu office on all HR matters, including recruitments, hiring of consultants, leave monitoring, and issues relating to staff/personnel entitlements
  • Implements IT policy and ensures smooth provision, upkeep, maintenance of IT related services & equipment
  • Liaises closely with other UN personnel for any common operational matters to promote operational efficiency and cost-savings
  • Facilitates the process of getting approvals and clearances for any procurement and administrative services, including ensuring that MoUs for goods and services are up-to-date;
  • Responsible for conducive working environment by ensuring continuity services, including maintenance of premises and equipment, attending to any repairs and maintenance work, safety measures for personnel, and maintenance of premises and assets at the provincial office
  • Supports the office with its Go Green initiatives, including ensuring compliance with organisational greening policies and reporting
  • Submits required documents for creation of vendors in the Atlas/ERP system and keeps the list of local vendors updated
  • Supports the office in processing timely humanitarian response actions as needed
  • Assists the Head of the Provincial Office in development and implementation of security and contingency plans

2. Provision of accurate accounting and financial management support:

  • Provides accounting and financial support to the provincial and local offices with a focus on preparation/processing of all types of payments/vouchers (including settlement of Travel Expense Claims/F10s), PO vouchers, etc.
  • Ensures the timely submission of financial reports and adheres to the financial procedures
  • Analyses programme budgets/expenditures and shares with office head and programme personnel at regular intervals
  • Manages petty cash of the office and ensures timely reconciliations and replenishments
  • Ensures proper management of funds under UNFPA execution
  • Monitors expenditure ceiling of the provincial and local offices and prepares analytical financial reports obtained from Atlas/Cognos/ERP systems information to update implementation status
  • Maintains invoices, receipts and all other documentation/records required for efficient financial management, and reference, when required
  • Resolves any financial issues, ensuring high quality and accuracy of work

3. Provision of effective programme management support:

  • Assists the UNFPA provincial and local team members in the management of projects
  • Assists in preparation of budgets, grants, work plans and budget revisions
  • Responsible for entering all financial transactions in Atlas/ERP system, such as, processing of PO and non-PO vouchers; conducting physical inspection of goods delivered before accepting receipt, and submitting requests for payments
  • Extracts financial data/reports from Atlas/ERP systems, compiles financial reports and submit them to relevant colleagues for review and decision-making, as applicable
  • Follows up on submission of FACE forms and other reports from Implementing Partner focal points and assists with FACE form reviews and timely processing
  • Participates in planning and conducting assurance activities for provincial Implementing Partners, including micro-assessments, spot checks and audits
  • Assists with and facilitates conduct of audits for the provincial office, by ensuring proper filing of documents for easy referencing and retrieval
  • Ensures audit observations and recommendations are fully implemented, together with the UNFPA Kathmandu office, including those pertaining to the Implementing Partners
  • Ensures capacity building of provincial and local office personnel and the personnel of Implementing Partners on the UNFPA’s policies, procedures and regulations

Other:

  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor(s) and Country Office Leadership

Qualifications and Experience

Education:

  • Completed Secondary Level Education required
  • First level university degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or Public Administration or similar discipline desirable

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least six years progressively responsible experience in accounting, administrative services, and/or procurement in a public or private sector environment
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of clerical, administrative, secretarial best practices and procedures within a multicultural corporate environment
  • Working experience in a humanitarian setting is highly desirable
  • Must be a team player with ability to work across teams
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and corporate IT systems, and cloud-based systems, highly desirable
  • Previous experience in the UN is an asset
  • Good knowledge of ERP systems, such as, PeopleSoft, Oracle, SAP or other systems is an asset

Languages:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and Nepali is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset. 

Required Competencies

Values:

  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving Results 
  • Being Accountable
  • Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
  • Thinking analytically and Strategically
  • Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
  • Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Implementing management systems
  • Business acumen and ability to multi-task and balance competing priorities
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Pro-activeness and client orientation
  • Organizational awareness
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus
  • Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders
  • Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance
  • Making decisions and exercising judgment

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