This position is located in the Internal Audit Division, Office of Internal Oversight Services (IAD/OIOS) in Kuwait. The incumbent at this level works as a member of an audit team and usually reports to an Auditor. This temporary position is expected to be available for a period of 6 months. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
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.
Within delegated authority, the Audit Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Reviews various accounting documents and records; computes, calculates and verifies various data.
• Reviews transactions that have financial implications to ensure regularity of receipt, custody and disposal of funds and other financial resources of the United Nations.
• Examines and test-checks financial and/or personnel and/or administrative documents, such as personnel documents, travel documents or claims, vouchers, purchase orders, invoices, bank and other reconciliations, verifying footings, extensions and posting, tracing original evidence into the records, personnel.
• Undertakes research/obtains background information related to the subject to be audited.
• Reports errors and other findings directly to an Auditor.
• Prepares supporting schedules and reconciliations.
• Organizes and maintains supporting working papers and cross-reference with audit report.
• Performs other duties as may be required, such as following up on outstanding recommendations, taking notes during entry and exit conferences.
• Travels as part of an audit team to carry out field audit assignments in a Regional Commission, peacekeeping mission, or technical cooperation projects in various countries.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to conduct research and retrieve materials from various sources. Ability to maintain accurate records, process a wide variety of data. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies; good analytical and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, including ability to apply relevant procedures in the audit area. 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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve Organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from the clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Eight years of experience in accounting, finance, administrative services, or related area.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official language of the United Nations is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. Please note that this is a temporary job opening and the position is expected to be available for a period of 6 months. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers, in accordance with established rules and procedures. 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.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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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.
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