Finance Assistant, Budapest, Hungary

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Office: FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Closing date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022


Finance Assistant

Job Posting: 05/Jan/2022

Closure Date: 19/Jan/2022, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSL

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : General Service

Grade Level : G-5

Primary Location: Hungary-Budapest

Duration : Fixed term: 1 year

Post Number : 2001378

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Staff in the General Service category are recruited locally from the Primary Location area, which is where the office is located

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting This position is typically located either in a central finance or accounting division (accounts payable, treasury, etc.) or in a service center providing support and transactions processing services to client departments at FAO Headquarters. The position may also be located in a Decentralized Office, where a wide range of finance support and administrative duties are undertaken.

Main Purpose The Finance Assistant (Shared Service Centre) undertakes finance-related support activities of medium complexity. He/she ensures quality, transparency and consistency of processes. The job role requires in-depth knowledge and interpretation of financial policies, procedures and practices. The incumbent provides procedural guidance to other staff in the Organization as and when needed.

Supervision Received/Exercised The Finance Assistant (Shared Service Centre) performs his/her work autonomously, showing a high degree of initiative, judgment and responsibility. Supervision received is focused on guidance regarding cases of high complexity and on facilitating service delivery and meeting client requirements. The incumbent effectively organizes his/her own work and provides relevant guidance and training to junior colleagues and internal customers.

Working Relationships The incumbent maintains a wide range of contacts with staff throughout the Organization as well as with colleagues within and outside of core team, providing experienced coordination and delivery of finance support processes and services.

Key Functions/Results

Review source documents for completeness, accuracy and validity;
Extract details of transactions from the integrated financial system in order to analyze and verify;
Investigate errors, take corrective actions; perform reviews and ensure proper clearance procedures;
Support continuous improvement efforts by participating in testing and implementation of new financial process automations;
Assist in monitoring transactions, ensure ex-ante or post-factum due diligence is performed;
Prepare worksheets and assist in preparation of reports by compiling and consolidating data from various sources;
Draft and prepare correspondence and respond to queries;
Evaluate ongoing financial support requirements, adapt service provision to meet changing needs and solve operational problems as required;
Provide procedural guidance to staff; guide and train junior finance support staff;
Perform other duties as required.

Impact Of Work The incumbent’s work impacts directly on the efficiency, effectiveness, accuracy and timeliness of the services provided by the team. He/she plays a pro-active role in the successful achievement of the unit’s mandate.


Minimum Requirements Education: Secondary School Education Experience: Two years of relevant experience in finance, accounting, cash management and/or asset management related support work Languages: Working knowledge of English IT Skills: Very good knowledge of MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment


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Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

Basic knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting policies and practices in order to ensure that all processing controls are strictly adhered to

Good knowledge of the processing and approval process of a variety of transactions; ensuring audit requirements are maintained regarding supporting document retention, adherence to rules, accuracy and overall completeness

Thorough knowledge of the communication and documentation standards

Desirable Qualifications And Skills

Experience with integrated ERP systems (Oracle)

Limited knowledge (level B) of other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese)

Experience in Shared Services Centre work environment

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO 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 at

The length of the appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to extension of appointments

General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application."Commuting distance" means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.

No international benefits will be payable as selected candidates are recruited locally and paid in the local currency of the office location

Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice

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REMUNERATION A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Once completed, please apply and submit your application, with language certificates as attachments. Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications. FAO reserves the right to request candidates to undertake a language test in the future, as appropriate

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