Senior Finance Assistant, Assistant financier senior, Yaoundé, UNHCR

Senior Finance Assistant, Assistant financier senior, Yaoundé, UNHCR

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle


Yaounde, Cameroon

time type

Full time

posted on

Posted Yesterday

job requisition id


Hardship Level


Family Type


Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)



Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

November 1, 2022

Standard Job Description

Senior Finance Assistant

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Finance Assistant is normally supervised by a more senior finance colleague who defines work objectives and provides regular advice and guidance. The incumbent also refers to UNHCR Manuals and relevant policy papers on financial issues.

The incumbent assists with the processing of financial transactions. S/he keeps frequent contact with staff at various levels in the office and with bank officials to exchange information.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


– Maintain financial records for project or other office accounts for which responsibility is assigned.

– Record receipts and payments, assure accuracy of computation and completeness of documents and maintain continuing status of allotments against obligations.

– Prepare recurring reports on assigned accounts, noting problems resulting from excess cost or less-than-expected receipts.

– Prepare special reports to clarify problems or as requested for other reasons.

– Calculate and compile cost estimates and projected budget requirements and assist in preparation of budget statements for area of assignment.

– Prepare routine correspondence and maintain contracts with others to discuss matters concerning accounts and related assignments.

– Maintain contacts with local banks to clarify questions pertaining to office bank accounts.

– Brief and assist new staff on basic financial procedures and requirements with respect to payments, entitlements, banking and currency provisions and other requirements relating to accounts and finance.

– Initiate correspondence to verify data, answer queries and obtain additional information on accounts and financial transactions, as required.

– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G5 – 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses

Accounting;   Business Administration;   Finance;   HCR Learning Prog;

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Not specified


Not specified

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy

FI-ERP Financial Management (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Workday and other)

IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

He/she is will play a pivotal role on administrative/budgetary related issues are mainly with Sections/Units/Offices within the organization.  He/she undertake multiple tasks, including financial management (knowledge of Financial Rules, Regulations and Procedures, ERP Financial Management and Financial Accrual Accounting under internationally accepted standards such as IPSAS).

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):


Desired languages


Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

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Nature of Position:

The Senior Finance Assistant assists with the processing of financial transactions. S/he will keep frequent contact with staff at various levels and  several Units within the MCO Cameroon,  with the Regional Bureau, and with HQ . The incumber will focus on reconciliation of Open Items such as CBI, Operational Advances etc. and will be a focal point of VAT. The Senior Finance Assistant will be supervised by the Finance officer ( P3) .

S/he should be able to work independently on assigned tasks with oversight from the supervisor

Due to the nature of the work, the incumbent is expected to have a pro-active mature attitude and be able to perform well under stress S/hee must be with enough flexibility, integrity, professionalism, confidentiality, pragmatism, and respect for diversity. S/he must have sound planning and organizing skills, analytical thinking, client orientation skills, and provide high quality work within deadlines.

Living and Working Conditions:

Yaoundé is a family duty station with suitable infrastructures/facilities. Good quality accommodation. There are several supermarkets where local and foreign goods are available. A UN dispensary frequented by staff and other UN recommended medical facilities are also available/accessible by UNHCR staff and their family members. Several banks and ATMs are available in the capital accepting Visa and Master cards. Travels within the country are undertaken regularly through UNHAS and CAMAIRCO (national company) flights or by road. In addition, there is a variety of mobile phone operators providing equipment and internet services (Camtel, MTN, Orange, Nextel. Upon arrival, staff will be assisted with proper security briefing sessions conducted both by UNDSS/UNHCR.

Additional Qualifications


FI-ERP Financial Management (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Workday and other), IT-Computer Literacy, IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software



Accounting – Other, Business Administration – Other, Finance – Other, HCR Learning Program – UNHCR

Work Experience


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

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Target start date 1 December 2022.

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