United Nations Development Programme (Senegal)

Finance Associate

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Last update: Apr 12, 2024 Last update: Apr 12, 2024


Deadline: Apr 21, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Senegal
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
French French
Work experience:Min 3 years
Date posted: Apr 12, 2024


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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Finance team supports the Country Office (CO) in the promotion of its sustainable development agenda by continuously enhancing CO financial performance, delivering sound management of financial resources, and ensuring strong accountability through informed decision making, effective financial management processes, and transparent financial reporting that complies with international standards and regulatory guidelines.   

Under the guidance and supervision of the Finance Specialist, the Finance Associate provides financial services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Finance Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Finance Associate works in close collaboration with the Operations, Programme and projects’ staff in the Country Office (CO) Sub Hub de Dakar and GSSC staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

UNDP adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UNDP personnel are expected to work across units, functions, teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams in order to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities
Support implementation of operational strategies.
  •  Ensure full compliance of financial processes and financial records with UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP) and strategies.
  • Provide input to the Finance unit and office management in preparing and reviewing CO business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal standard operating procedures in finance in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.  

Support functioning of the optimal cost-recovery system.

  •   Provide inputs for preparation of cost-recovery and Direct Project Costs (DPC) bills in QUANTUM for the services provided by UNDP and follow up on cost recovery.

Provide accounting and administrative support to the Finance unit.

  • Provide support in ensuring proper control of the supporting documents for payment invoices and proper document management including systematic archiving.  
  • Prepare financial reports for non-development projects and management funds/budget balance. 
  • Prepare all types of invoices for projects and non-QUANTUM Agencies. 
  • Maintain a proper filing system for finance records and documents.
  • Maintain the internal expenditures control system which ensures that invoices processed are matched and completed; transactions are correctly recorded and posted in QUANTUM; and travel claims and other entitlements are duly processed.
  • Provide information on the status of financial resources as required.
  • Take timely corrective actions on unposted invoices, including invoices with validation errors, match exceptions, and/or unapproved invoices.
  • Maintain the Accounts Receivables for UNDP projects in QUANTUM.

Ensure proper functioning of CO cash and Treasury management systems.
Serve as alternate to Finance Associate (ICS-6) for timely review of cash position for local accounts to ensure sufficient funds for disbursements and maintain liquidity level approved by Treasury.  Identify and record receipts and create deposits for revenue application on a timely basis. 

  • Identify and record contributions.

Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO.

  • Participate in the training for the operations/ projects staff on finance.
  • Provide contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.



Achieve Results
   LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively
   LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements 
Learn Continuously
   LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility 
   LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible 
Act with Determination    LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner
   LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
   LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Management

Customer Satisfaction/Client Management : Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers' needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy. Look for ways to add value beyond clients' immediate requests. Ability to anticipate client's upcoming needs and concerns

Working with Evidence and Data    •   Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

Business Development   

Knowledge Generation :   Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Administration & Operations

Documents and Records Management:   Overall document (hard or electronic) management; registry and retention policy including storing and archiving


Accounting (General):   Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, regulations, policies and ability to apply this to strategic and/or practical situations.
Finance   Financial Reporting and Analysis: Ability to extract, evaluate financial data, derive relevant findings and present them in a meaningful and coherent manner to facilitate effective decision making and performance monitoring. 
Finance   Audit:Ability to examine and verify accounts and records

Required Skills and Experience
  • Secondary education with specialized certification in accounting and/or finance. 
  • Fully Qualified Accountant, from an internationally accredited institute of accountancy or Full Completion of the UNDP Finance Training and Certification Programme (FTCP). No UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (AFT) required. 
  • Candidates with no professional accountancy qualifications, but with degrees that major in accountancy and/or finance must complete UNDP Finance Training and Certification Programme (FTCP), if recruited. However, no UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (AFT) is required.
  • Candidates with no professional accountancy qualifications but with relevant experience must successfully undertake UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (AFT) before shortlisting, and must complete the UNDP Finance Training and Certification Programme (FTCP), if recruited.
  • Candidates with accountancy certification from an internationally accredited institute of accountancy will have a distinct advantage. Candidates without certification but with relevant experience must complete the UNDP Finance Training and Certification Programme (FTCP), if recruited.
  • 6 years (with high school diploma) or 3 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible finance and accounting experience at the national or international level is required.
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheets and web-based management systems such as QUANTUM financials and database packages.
  • Knowledge of IPSAS and/or IFRS is desired. 

Languages :

  • Fluency in French is required.
  • Knowledge of English is an asset.
  • Fluency in the national language of the duty station is required for local staff.
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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