Under the immediate supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the efficient, effective and compliant administration of UIS' financial and human resources, in line with relevant administrative, human resources and financial rules, regulations and standard practices of the Organization. As the main Certifying Officer, and on matters relating to internal control, the Senior Finance and Administrative Officer will have a functional reporting line to UNESCO's Chief Financial Officer. The Senior Finance and Administrative Officer will be expected to ensure that there will be an effective interaction between UIS and UNESCO's various Central Services, including the Bureau of Financial Management (BFM) and the Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM). In matters related to HR, the incumbent will have a functional reporting line to the Director of HRM. He/she will be expected to perform the following essential tasks\:

  • Lead and supervise the staff of the Administrative Unit and ensure the effective planning, coordination and prioritization of daily tasks and responsibilities in order to achieve the overall objectives.
  • Oversee the efficient execution and delivery of the full range of administrative and financial services in support of the activities and projects of UIS, including budget preparation, contract management, financial accounting, internal control, travel management and implementation monitoring.
  • Efficiently coordinate the full range of human resources administration-related matters, including staffing actions, recruitment, performance assessments, advice and training, in order to meet organizational requirements and support a productive, positive and healthy work environment.
  • Implement and maintain effective security arrangements and policies in the interest of all staff and property, while liaising with UNESCO headquarters and other UN agencies concerned.
  • Ensure the systematic upkeep and proper functioning of UIS premises, including compliance with the Host Country Agreement and maintain effective relationships with the concerned authorities. Take the appropriate action to account for, manage and safeguard the fixed-assets under the custody of all personnel.
  • Provide inputs to key documents, including UIS Governing Board (GB) documents, financial statements, donor reports, etc, and actively participate in and make contributions to UIS strategy, donor proposal preparation and agreements with partners.
  • Prepare and certify donor financial reports in line with the approved budget and standard format as agreed in the donor agreement.
  • Ensure that all UIS accounts are maintained, consolidated and reported to the Governing Board and to UNESCO Headquarters, while abiding by standard audit requirements for certification of UIS’ Financial Statement.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in business administration, accountancy, or in another related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Internationally recognized professional accountancy qualification.
Work Experience
  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible, relevant work experience in management, finance and administration, of which at least 3 years acquired at the international level.
  • Proven experience in the development and implementation of modern financial management practices, tools and procedures, including vis-à-vis programme and budget execution.
  • Experience in the preparation of financial statements for audits.
  • Proven experience in leading, managing, motivating and supervising staff and teams and maintaining effective working relations in a multicultural environment.


  • Problem-solving, creativity and analytical thinking skills, related to financial management and control.
  • Expertise in the delivery of human resources and personnel management functions, as well as the provision of general administrative services.
  • Ability to interpret complex organizational rules and processes.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity and discretion in the execution of duties.
  • Familiarity with internal and external audit proceedings, techniques and requirements.
  • Good I.T. skills, including practical experience with the use of Microsoft or other software packages.
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.

  • Knowledge of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (preferably SAP), including Finance and HR modules.
  • Knowledge of other official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).

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: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Montréal
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Finance and Banking
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-24

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