Career Opportunities: Business Support Assistant (Finance and Administration) G5, Lodwar & Kakuma (149701)

The United Nations World Food Programme

Career Opportunities: Business Support Assistant (Finance and Administration) G5, Lodwar & Kakuma (149701)

Fixed Term – Africa, Central & Eastern – Kenya – KEN – Other cit – Working Job Language (1) – FINANCE
Requisition ID 149701  – Fixed Term – Africa, Central & Eastern – Kenya – KEN – Other cit – Working Job Language (1) – FINANCE

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. WFP Kenya Country Strategic Plan is based on the National Zero Hunger Strategic Review, as well as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework. It contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17, as well as WFP Strategic Results 1, 4, 5 and 8, through four specific outcomes:

  • Refugees and asylum seekers living in camps/settlements and populations affected by natural and man-made disasters have access to adequate food to meet their food and nutrition needs.
  • Targeted smallholder producers, food-insecure and vulnerable populations benefit from sustainable, inclusive food systems and increased resilience to climate shocks to meet food and nutrition needs by 2023.
  • National and county institutions in Kenya have strengthened capacity and systems to assist food-insecure and nutritionally vulnerable populations by 2023.
  • Government, humanitarian and development partners in Kenya have access to and benefit from effective and cost-efficient logistics services, including air transport, common coordination platforms, and improved commodity supply chains.

WFP Kenya works in some of the remotest parts of the country, working with local communities to deliver on our promise to enhance food securiy, eliminate mulnutrition and strengthen food systems. We work with the national and country governments as well as national and international actors, including other UN bodies, the private sector and individuals of goodwill. Our office locations are in Dadaab, Kakuma, Lodwar, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Mombasa and Nairobi.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

This position will report to the Head of Field Office.  At this level the job holders are expected to take responsibility for completion of a range of administrative and finance related processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines/practices. Job holders are able to recommend a course of action to staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to other support staff.

JOB PURPOSE

To support effective delivery of administration and finance support services in the field offices in order to facilitate transparent and efficient utilization of financial resources.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Assist in providing the procedural and technical support to staff within the areas of finance and budget, to ensure compliance with WFP financial policies, rules and regulations.
  2. Act as a WFP bank agent for collecting  all finances/funds for the field office including petty cash and operational advances.
  3. Monitor the petty cash accounts regularly, to ensure that adequate funds are available and appropriately disbursed as well as management of any operational advances to the field office.
  4. Verify vendor claims, advances and other receivables and observe appropriate procurement procedures, to ensure that suppliers are paid in a timely manner and in conformance with WFP finance rules and regulations.
  5. Assist in compiling information from various sources in order to prepare reports relating to budgets, accounting, finance and statistics.
  6. Monitor and record all expenses in line with the approved budget in order to ensure that correct expenditure costs are charged and payments to external suppliers invoices are processed in a timely manner.
  7. Asset Management; Management of assets in the duty station through-out the lifecycle of all the assets this involves:
  8. Fleet Management;Management of the fleet using the corporate tool FMS in the duty station, responsible for ensuring accurate and proper data input in the system for the efficient management of the fuel consumption, mileage coverage, maintenance cost, driver records to aid in management decision making process

ACCOUNTABILITIES Cont.

  1. Travel Management; Manage the bi-weekly travel plans for the duty stations by compiling the travel plans and from the different units in the sub-office.
  2. Accommodation/Guesthouse Management; Manage the accommodation booking requests from guests ensuring that these are actioned within 48 hours using the Accommodation Digital Office corporate tool.
  3. Bulk Fuel Management; Responsible of ensuring that proper procedures are adhered to in the receipt of bulk fuel in the duty station. Ensuring all documentation is received and timely forwarded to Nairobi for duty refund applications.
  4. Procurement Services and Invoice Processing; Raise WINGS Purchase Requisitions for purchases of duty station assets in line with approved procurement plans and contractual rates for duty station contracted services.
  5. Administration and Stores Management and Services;
  6. Records and Data Management; Manage the archived documents for the duty station in line with the corporate guidelines ensuring that archived documents are readily retrievable.
  7. Perform other related duties as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

At least a Higher/Advanced Diploma in Administration, Finance, Management, Business and Commerce, Development  or any other related course.  A Degree in the same field and membership in a professional body is an added advantage.

Experience:

Five or more years of progressively responsible work experience in the relative business stream with experience in general administrative work and finance.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proficient in the use of office equipment and computer software packages, such as Microsoft Word.
  • Knowledge of work routines and methods in order to complete processes under minimal supervision.
  • Uses tact and courtesy to give and receive information to a wide range of individuals.
  • Ability to identify data discrepancies and rectify problems requiring attention.
  • Ability to offer guidance or basic on-the-job training to more junior staff.

Language:

  • General Service (Headquarters): Fluency (level C) in English language. Fluency (level C) or intermediate knowledge (level B) of another official language may be required depending on the location of the post or area of responsibility.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Internal Controls & Compliance Demonstrates basic knowledge of internal controls, risk management, and monitoring mechanisms and their applicability to WFP’s critical activities.
Performance Budgeting, Analysis & Reporting Demonstrates participation in business planning efforts by developing basic project-level budgets and forecasts, incorporating information from various sources as appropriate to monitor KPIs.
Resource Management Demonstrates ability to track and compile reports on HQ and Field staffing and resource usage on a project-level basis.
Financial Mgmt. & Accounting Principles Applies knowledge of financial and accounting principles and practices to ensure compliance with WFP policies, applicable procedures and accounting standards.
Supply Chain and Operations Knowledge Demonstrates basic understanding of WFP programme, implementation, and supply chain principles (including project modalities & structures).

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

• Has experience collecting and monitoring financial data on projects and programmes, assessing financial health and status, and reporting findings to senior leaders.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • The World Food Programme DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
  • WFP embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in all ways. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications and merit.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

  • Applications for this position will close at 11:59 p.m. (East African Time) on 29 September 2021.

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Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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