Finance Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 14 January 2021

Finance Officer

( 2005211 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years

Job Posting: Dec 24, 2020, 9:48:44 AM

Support the financial reporting function of the Organization and maintain compliance with IPSAS. Allocate costs to projects, maintain reserve balances, and perform all routine monthly accounting processes. Monitor the general ledger and take action where necessary to correct errors.


The Finance Officer (GL) is responsible for supporting the overall coordination and supervision of the monthly and yearly financial closure. The specific duties include the following:

Prepare the Financial Statements and selected schedules and notes.

Track and report on Category 6 budget, funding and actual expenditure. Perform comparison analysis and reporting. Present reports to management on periodic basis.

Co-ordinate with the actuaries on the revaluation of Terminal Payments as well as the Special Funds of Compensation. Liaise with actuaries regarding planning, review assumptions and data requirements for WHO and hosted entities.

Reconcile and record actuarial results of Staff Health Insurance, Terminal Payments and Special Fund for Compensation for WHO and other entities. Coordinate with hosted entities and respond to their enquiries.

Manage the process of the administration and management cost recovery and allocate costs among the partnerships. Coordinate and operationalise new cost recovery process.

Determine adjustments to the annual Financial Statements, review transactions that should be eliminated, and prepare and record elimination entries.

Complete interest apportionment for entities and interest earning funds, act as the focal point for answering queries on the interest apportionment process.

Prepare Programme Budget Overview tables for the Unified Report.

Ensure that accounts are managed in line with agreed accounting standards (IPSAS).

Maintain, reconcile and report on the Post Occupancy Charge (POC) fund.

Manage all accrual accounts at headquarters in relation to employee benefits (TP, TQ and TM). Prepare monthly reports on balances and make recommendations to senior management for modifications. Manage the Chart of Accounts (COA). Evaluate proposals for new accounts and make recommendations to Head, Accounts and Financial Reporting.



Essential: Advanced level University degree in accounting, business administration, financial management or a closely related field; and a professional accounting qualification such as CA, CPA, ACCA or other equivalent qualification.

Desirable: Experience

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Essential: A minimum seven years of progressive financial managerial responsibility in alarge, complex, international organization, preferably with decentralized operations. At least 5 years of experience at national level / private sector. Extensive accounting and financial management experience using ERP systems (Oracle, SAP). Thorough knowledge of accounting systems and financial policies, procedures and regulations and related IT experience. Proven written and communication skills. Integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with internal and external stakeholders. Supervisory, leadership ability, negotiation skills and a Team player.

Desirable: Experience working with International Public Sector Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards or other international accounting standards.


Demonstrates managerial, supervisory and leadership skills.

Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of international accounting and financial management.

Very good knowledge of and skills in the use of integrated IT accounting systems (e.g. Oracle, SAP, Peoplesoft).

Integrity, tact, discretion and ability to recommend and interpret administrative and financial policies and systems and establish and maintain effective working relationships within a team with multi-cultural backgrounds in a multi-displinary management service environment.

Promoting excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to effectively maintain a global network of finance professionals. Good working knowledge of IAS, IPSAS and or UNSAS.

Proven writing and oral communications skills.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Promoting innovation and organizational learning

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 73,516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 5483 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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