Assistant Finance Officer, Tunis, Tunisia

Organization: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Country: Tunisia

City: Tunis, Tunisia

Office: UNHCR Tunis

Closing date: Monday, 9 November 2020

Job Title: Job ID: Asst Finance Officer


Location: Tunis, Tunisia

Salary Grade: NA

Hardship Level: A

Family Location Type: Family

Eligible Applicants

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).Applicants must be nationals of Tunis, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.

Duties and Qualifications

Assistant Finance Officer



UNHCR’s financial rules and regulations, policies and procedures are adhered to by the office.

UNHCR’s local cash is safeguarded.

Monthly accounts are correct and approved.

Management is promptly informed of major variances in the execution of projects (budgets, finance, implementation or timeframe).


Contribute to the assessment of budgetary needs for administrative budgets (ABOD); monitor and control ABOD expenditure in the office.

Analyze, evaluate and control disbursements/receipts, as well as expenditure variances against approved budgets;
Review vouchers, including ABOD and project disbursements.

Propose monthly cash requirements for the office, and ensure adequate and timely replenishments of funds.

Contribute to the preparation and processing of monthly accounts.

Provide financial status reports to supervisors.

Analyze and evaluate all financial reports produced on a regular basis.

Maintain effective business relationships with local banks.

Support ensuring compliance with UNHCR and UN Financial Regulations and Rules, policies and procedures.

Ensure that payments are effectuated by the monthly deadline.

Ensure that monthly accounts are correct and approved, and ensure timely monthly bank reconciliations, including open items, review and clearance of unwanted requisitions and PO balances.

Conduct regular checks of petty cash and cash accounts.


Verify that all financial transactions are correct and in accordance with UNHCR rules and procedures.

Prepare office-level financial expenditure reports submitted to the regional office or Headquarters.

Approve vouchers, including ABOD and project disbursements.


Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Accounting, Finance, or Public or Business Administration, Economics or related field, OR undergraduate degree in another field combined with a professional qualification in accounting or finance (CPA/CIA or equivalent) plus minimum one year of previous job experience in the field of accounting or finance. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted.

Excellent computer skills, in particular in MS Office applications.

Excellent communication skills.

Excellent knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.


For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.


Professional qualification in accounting or finance (CPA/CIA or equivalent).

Working experience of at least one year in an intergovernmental organization (United Nations or similar).

Good knowledge of United Nations financial rules and procedures.

Good understanding of accrual accounting (such as IPSAS or IFRS).

Working experience with PeopleSoft/Oracle Financial modules.

Knowledge of additional UN languages.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Assistant Finance Officer positions. 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.

See below for this postion’s Operational Context

Additional Factors

Assistant Finance Officer positions provide technical support with the processing of financial transactions, and monitor compliance with UNHCR and UN Financial Regulations and Rules.

Assistant Finance Officer positions provide technical support with the processing of financial transactions and monitor compliance with UNHCR and UN Financial Regulations and Rules.

In addition to h/her regular duties and responsibilities, the incumbent will provide a consistent support to the admin team in:

Monitoring day to day personal and administrative in the office

Contributing to the preparation of submission of new revised procedures and practices

Ensure all Admin Unit procurement requests threshold are referred to the supply unit and orders placed in good time to avoid delays in delivering services to all requesting units.

The incumbent directly supervises general service staff.

Please note the closing date for this job opening is 9 November 2020.