National Professional Officer (Finance), 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: Tuesday, 25 January 2022


National Professional Officer (Finance)

Job Posting: 11/Jan/2022

Closure Date: 25/Jan/2022, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSL

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : NPO (National Professional Officer)

Grade Level : N-1

Primary Location: Hungary-Budapest

Duration : Fixed term: 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008845

CCOG Code : 1A01

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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 member nations and person 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 our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, 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

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO’s Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The Shared Services Centre (SSC) recommends and administers process management and procedures that need to be executed effectively; ensures the management of quality assurance activities associated with the transactional processes and implementation of service delivery; continuously improves the satisfaction of its customers, internal or external, while pursuing a continuous improvement agenda that will drive up service excellence while driving down the costs of service delivery through process standardization, process automation and self-service capabilities

The post is located in the Finance Unit of the FAO Shared Services Centre (SSC) in Budapest, Hungary.

Reporting Lines

The National Professional Officer (Finance) reports to the SSC Finance Officer (Head of Finance Unit).

Technical Focus

Programme administration and financial management, including accounting.

Key Results

Effective and efficient provision of administrative support.

Key Functions

Provides support in the areas of accounting, finance and budgetary control;
Maintains all financial records and monitoring systems and assists with monitoring of various accounts; maintains imprest accounts; ensures that operational expenditures are in accordance with approved budgets and that all committing documents are complete and consistent; and reports variations from budgets;
Assists with organizing and/or retrieving, entering, selecting and analysing data from a wide variety of sources, including FAO’s corporate systems;
Assists in the preparation of financial and administrative correspondence for the office, processing of payments in accordance established rules; maintains a filing system; and ensures that an appropriate paper trail with key documentation is archived;
Assists with the preparation of reports for budget planning, audits and other related requests; and liaises with local banks and financial institutions;
Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

National of Hungary

Advanced university degree in a field related to business or public administration and one year of relevant experience in office management, administration, accounting and/or audit, budget or finance

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of the local language (Hungarian)

Limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


Results Focus

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Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable.

Extent and relevance of experience in the field of finance, accounting, budget and/or administration.

Extent of knowledge of UN or standard operational rules and procedures and project/programme administrative management procedures is considered an asset.

Extent of knowledge of FAO’s corporate systems and data base, or knowledge of other accounting or financial modules or applications relevant to accounting procedures or project budget management is considered an asset.

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of French is desirable

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency. GENERAL INFORMATION

Staff members in this category are recruited locally and paid according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality.

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
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

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Incomplete applications will not be considered;
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We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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