Finance Officer P4

Cairo | Cairo

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill Finance Officer at the P-4 level, based in the Regional Bureau in Cairo, Egypt Office.

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Senior Regional Finance Officer, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the following key duties:

  • Support the corporate finance and resource management strategies, through contributing to the development of strategically aligned policies, and participating in key programmatic initiatives, and embedding value for money in these initiatives through advice on financial assessment, reporting and accounting;
  • Advise and support COs in implementing finance, budgeting and resource management policies and plans in order to ensure transparent and efficient utilization of WFP’s financial resources and identify areas for savings in current financial or business processes;
  • Carry out regular visits to Country Offices as appropriate and assist in clarifying and improving proper application of policies and procedures, and oversee preparation of reports on findings with improvement action plans;
  • Coordinate the delivery of accurate financial reporting and analyses in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), ensuring accuracy, deadlines, accounting processes and corporate governance requirements are complied with for the Organization;
  • Oversee the provision of financial assessment of partners, service providers, and other entities as needed, providing conclusions to management to enable them to make informed decisions;
  • Design, implement, monitor and analyse budgets for new and ongoing projects according to established corporate procedures and requirements;
  • Ensure that bank reconciliation, disbursements, clearance of receivables, overall cash management and monthly financial closures are performed regularly and in accordance with corporate requirements;
  • Where necessary, manage and coordinate administrative services, negotiating contracts and following standard processes to provide cost-effective, quality and timely services to WFP staff;
  • Consolidate and analyse financial data, identifying potential trends and issues, presenting clear recommendations and influencing management to tackle complex or regional problems;
  • Propose innovative financial solutions to achieve programmatic goals, develop and implement improvements to financial policies, systems and procedures in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations, minimise risk, and align services with business objectives;
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of financial controls and insight into WFP performance, undertaking periodic risk and internal control assessments to identify areas which may present potential audit, compliance or financial risks;
  • Lead, motivate and coach a team of finance professionals and general service staff to enable continued development and high performance;
  • Represent unit at internal meetings, external meetings and events with other UN agencies, banks and other financial institutions, or other partners and entities as required;
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men;
  • Contribute to preparedness actions such as early warning, risk analysis and contingency planning and make recommendations. Periodically monitor the management of risks and report on any action taken;
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required


  • Advanced University degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or related fields, or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of related work experience plus membership in an international recognized professional accountancy body such as Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Certified Public Accounts (ICPA) or equivalent.


  • At least eight years (3 of which are international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in finance with great independence and decision making authority and complex budget.

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of financial management and reporting;
  • Training and/or experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems, including SAP and other ERP systems;
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration is desirable.


  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks within tight timeline;
  • Ability to provide seasoned technical advice to managers on a broad range of financial, human resources and other administrative matters;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with different stakeholders;
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under supervision;
  • Ability to draft clear concise reports on key issues and decisions within the delegated area of responsibility.


  • Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of Arabic is required.
  • Another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is an advantage.

Terms and Conditions

Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. He/she will be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

REF: 15-0020130**

Fighting Hunger

Application Procedures:

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Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 11 January 2016

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Cairo | Cairo
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
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    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Administrative support
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  • Closing Date: 2016-01-11

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