Senior Finance Assistant



Job Description

Senior Finance Assistant

2. Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Admin/Finance Officer the incumbent performs the following duties:
• Selected open item suspense accounts (monetary assets and liabilities) and cash balances in MSRP (Oracle/PeopleSoft) have a reasonable basis for the Financial Statements.
• Cases where insufficient progress would expose UNHCR to audit risk are actively identified, followed up and escalated.
• An atmosphere of trust with the HQ units and field offices is built and maintained.
• Provide answers and guidelines for finance-related questions.
• Prepare monthly finance-related reports and analyses.
• Carry out month-end and year-end closing activities such as accounting for long-term employee benefit liabilities and value adjustments for open items to ensure IPSAS compliance.
• Participate in the preparation of UNHCR Financial Statements and respond to audit requests.
• Monitor bank and cash accounts of headquarters and field offices and ensure reconciliations are prepared by the deadline and adhere to quality requirements.
• Monitor open items and review supporting documentation.
• Monitor expense and revenue accounts for major variances.
• Review and prepare staff separation documents according to the internal standard operating procedures (SOPs) for necessary adjustments and clearance.
• Verify UNDP SCA expense reports and monitor the booking of related charges.
• Monitor petty cash accounts, handle petty cash-related requests and prepare Petty Cash authorization memos.
• Prepare and update SOPs and guidance notes.
• Re-perform reconciliations for field bank accounts on a sample basis.
• Liaise with field offices and HQ units and request corrections/adjustments relating to the above issues.
• Perform other related duties as required.
• Identify, propose and advise on correct accounting treatment for issues raised by field offices and HQ units.
• Follow-up on issues and errors relating to bank, cash and petty cash accounts and open items with relevant UNHCR Offices.
• Obtain from HQ and field offices any information necessary to carry out assigned
Job Requirements
Managerial Competencies
• Judgement and Decision Making
Cross-Functional Competencies:
• Analytical Thinking
• Technological Awareness
• Planning and Organizing
Essential Minimum Required Qualifications and Professional Experience
• Completion of Secondary Education, together with training/certificate in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field.
Experience & Knowledge:
• Minimum 5 years of previous job experience in the field of accounting or finance.
• Working experience with ERP financial modules such as PeopleSoft, Oracle or SAP.
• Excellent computer skills; in particular; MS Office applications.
Language & Communication:
• Fluency in English, including strong drafting skills.
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
• Postsecondary education in a related field can be considered an advantage.
• Good knowledge of United Nations financial rules and procedures.
• Good understanding of accrual accounting (such as IPSAS or IFRS).
How To Apply
Please declare if you have any immediate relative currently working with any UN agencies.
UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone queries on the advertised posts.
Applications should be addressed directly to: the Senior Administrative/Finance Officer, UNHCR Representation in Myanmar, 287 Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township, or by email to, submitting the cover letter together with completed UN-P11 form and referring clearly to the vacancy notice number as advertised.
Please note that completion of cover letter, UNHCR Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet is mandatory when submitting the application to UNHCR.
Employer Contact


287 Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township


No.21/23, 2nd Street, 52nd Street, Bo tahtaung Township, Yangon.

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