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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 20 June 2023 Under Recruitment

Associate Financial Officer


Geneva, Switzerland

To be determined

Fixed-term - 1 year

Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
The GEO Secretariat is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff, GEO, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

(a) Prepare periodic financial reporting and invoices for donors for voluntary contributions, including the monitoring of reporting requirements (e.g. timing, format, etc.) for review and approval by the GEO Chief of Staff;

(b) Prepare and monitor, in conjunction with the GEO Chief of Staff, the organization and use of budget lines to support project monitoring and reporting requirements;

(c) Prepare and submit requisitions for a broad spectrum of GEO Secretariat financial transaction requirements, including for travel, requests for financial assistance, consultancies and procurements;

(d) Assist with the preparation of Letters of Agreement and other financial agreements and contracts in support of GEO program activities;

(e) Support the GEO Director, GEO Chief of Staff, and GEO Budget Working Group with financial analysis of contributions, expenditures and Secretariat resource requirements;

(f) Assist the GEO Chief of Staff with GEO Secretariat budget preparation, planned and actual expenditure tracking, and financial reporting to GEO’s Executive Committee and GEO Plenary Membership;

(g) Liaises with WMO Finance and Legal offices on issues of financial monitoring and reporting, financial agreements, and other issues as appropriate;

(h) Review, reconcile, and process a range of accounting transactions on a regular and recurring basis;

(i) Research and analyse information needed to respond to support External Audit requests;

(j) Identify and recommend administrative workflow, technical, or other process improvements related to financial activities within GEO;

(k) Acting as back up for administrative tasks supporting the Secretariat;

(l) Carry out other relevant duties as required.

Master's degree or equivalent in business administration, public administration, finance, or related field is required. A first level university degree combined with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Additional qualifications in relevant science subjects such as Earth Sciences, Geography, etc.

A minimum of two years progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget or related area. Experience in preparing financial reports for national government donors, intergovernmental bodies or donors. Experience in managing financial resources in accordance with rules and regulations of an international organization would be an advantage.

Other requirements
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Understanding of GEO, WMO, or other UN organizations, including work experience with stakeholders from national governments within a multilateral context is desirable. Working knowledge of the United Nations or a similar international organization. Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to learn financial reporting system technology highly desirable. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of other official languages of WMO would be an advantage.

The GEO Secretariat Director may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
Possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds and pending satisfactory performance after an initial probationary period of one year which can be extended up to a maximum of two years.

Annual net base salary on initial appointment is: US$ 50377

Annual post adjustment on initial salary is: US$ 41108 (in addition to the net base salary)

Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom GEO has a further interest will be contacted.
Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 23 May 2023

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