Finance Business Associate, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Malaysia

City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Office: UNDP Country Office Malaysia

Grade: G-6

Closing date: Friday, 6 November 2020

Job ID: 32652

Practice Area - Job Family: Management - FINANCE

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 06/11/2020

Duty Station: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Education & Work Experience: C-HS Graduate or Equivalent - 6 year(s) experience, G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 3 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: G6

Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Management

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


The Office of Financial Resources Management (OFRM), Bureau for Management Services, supports UNDP in the promotion of its sustainable human development agenda. It achieves this by developing and making fully operational a dynamic and harmonized integrated resource management framework based on comprehensive analysis that enhances UNDP’s financial performance, as well as facilitates UN reform and coherence.

As part of OFRM’s Financial Business Partnering Division, reporting to the Deputy CFO, the Innovation and Solutions Team formulates innovative financial solutions. The Team supports senior finance staff seeking advice on complex and new financial and related policy issues that go beyond the existing financial frameworks, to transform finance and support development results. The services provided include policy advice, financial management training, development and review of new types of financial arrangements, tools and information management. The team supports other OFRM units in extracting and interpreting financial data, and through the Business Analytics team located in Kuala Lumpur, supports all OFRM units and the wider UNDP financial community with their analytical needs and reports.

Under the day-to-day supervision of the Finance Analytics Lead, the Finance Associate is a key member of the Business Analytics team, which is responsible for providing consistent, concise, accurate and actionable reporting and analysis by data mining, extraction and interpretation of information to help generate financial and budgetary insights that enable informed decision making and improve financial performance. Within this team, this role involves the formulation of business units‘ reports, through data mining/extraction, standard reports and queries, and ad-hoc analysis. The role will also provide some support to continuous improvement in reporting, financial analysis and service delivery by drafting and refining functional specifications for ERP and/or BI system changes, as required.

This role may also require assisting the functional teams on Procure to Pay, Record to Report, HR Finance, Revenues and Regional Tier 1 processes. This post is co-located with UNDP’s Global Shared Service Centre (GSSC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Finance Analytics Lead, the Finance Associate will provide financial reporting and analysis services to OFRM and the wider Finance community.

Perform extracts, build reports, dashboards and data visualizations, and provide ad-hoc analysis on time and respecting guidance. Perform appropriate checks as stipulated, and record results clearly.

Assist the Finance Analytics Lead in developing the work plan and timelines to facilitate timely delivery to clients.

Identify and report discrepancies to the OFRM user community and recommend possible solutions to resolve data discrepancies.

Assist in identifying improvement opportunities, support the development of financial systems functional specifications and undertake appropriate user tests in partnership with OIMT and OFRM clients.

Support business units in refining their business requirements, including through formal interviews or facilitated sessions.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done



Financial Reporting and Analysis

Ability to evaluate financial data, derive relevant findings and present them in a meaningful manner


Ability to examine and verify accounts and records

Accounting (General)

Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, regulations, and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Financial Planning and Budgeting

Ability to create and manage processes to achieve UNDP’s long and short-term financial goals

Functional Technical Knowledge

Firm understanding of business intelligence tools, and the architecture and design of advanced integrated management systems, preferably including PeopleSoft/Oracle. Good SQL and/or Python skills and ability to extract data from PeopleSoft using SQL, SQR, and other tools is a distinct advantage. People Tools expertise is also an asset. Good skills in data visualization and developing reports and dashboards using Microsoft Power BI and/or Tableau is a distinct advantage. Knowledge of and interest in technological innovations, such as machine learning, big data analysis, an asset.


Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Operational Efficiency

Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency

Problem Solving

Accurately accumulating information and its analysis; forecasting potential problems and planning; allowing for alternative, creative solutions and identifying most reasonable solutions

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary Education with specialized certification in Accounting and/or Finance; preferably with additional certification in one or more of the following: SQL, SQR, Python, OBIEE or equivalent; and complex data extraction routines. University degree in Finance or Accounting is desirable. OR

Secondary Education with specialized certification in Information Technology, Computer Science, or any related quantitative field, with relevant experience in Finance. University degree in Information Technology or Computer Science is desirable.

Professionally qualified accountants from an internationally recognized institute of accountancy will have a distinct advantage.

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Long-listed candidates will be required to undergo the UNDP Accounting and Finance Test (UNDP AFT).


Minimum 6 years of relevant experience with Secondary Education or 3 years of relevant experience with Bachelor’s degree, with finance or Business Intelligence (BI) environments.

Hands-on experience in analysing financial information, data modelling, data mining, managing master data, mapping of source to target data, conducting data quality tests, documenting functional requirements, and creating reports and dashboards in the financial arena a plus.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English. Knowledge of any other UN languages (French/Spanish/Arabic) is a plus.


Hands-on proficiency with SQL, SQR, Python, BI tools, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise and/or Tableau.

Experience in production of financial reports and data management preferred.

Experience in the usage of computers and MS Office packages

Advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.

Hands-on experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), preferably with PeopleSoft or Oracle is desirable.

Knowledge of and interest in technological innovations, such as machine learning, big data analysis, etc. is a distinct advantage.


Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Internal mobility at GSSU is strongly encouraged and we reserve the right to reassign the newly appointed staff members with similar skillset and educational qualifications for similar functions and job categories at the same level in GSSU. The internal lateral movements will be determined based on the needs of the organization while allowing the newly recruits to broaden their skills, build networks and gain fresh experience and to better align their profiles with the jobs.

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