Senior Project Control Officer

Senior Project Control Officer ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT The primary functions of project control are to complement programme management and provide support for oversight of projects including the formulation of a monitoring plan, quality assurance, and verification. Other activities of project control include: review of project agreements, project audit, monitoring that there is synchrony between financial and operational performance, participation in multi-functional monitoring activities and reviews, tracking project risk management, and supporting project closure. It is essential to maintain segregation of duties between project control and programme functions for effective accountability and oversight. Therefore, the incumbent should report directly to the same senior management level as programme, i.e. Country Representative, Deputy Representative, Head of Office. The incumbent is expected to supervise normally one or two professional staff, and normally supervises some support staff. Project Control Officers play a very important role in maintaining harmonious and effective partnerships, and often interact with implementing partners. As a result, incumbents need to be very mindful of all dimensions of partnerships in their interaction with partners (in accordance with the Principles of Partnership, the Code of Conduct and other relevant documents). ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Graduate degree (equivalent of Master's) in Accounting, Finance, Public or Business Administration, Economics or related field, OR undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in another field combined with a professional qualification in accounting, auditing or finance (CPA/CIA or equivalent) plus minimum 8 years of previous work experience in the field of accounting/finance, project management, business analysis, quality assurance and/or risk management, of which at least five years in an intergovernmental organization (United Nations or similar). Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted. Excellent knowledge of international auditing standards, with a minimum of two years of practical experience in auditing. Good understanding of project and resource management. Excellent computer skills, in particular in MS Office applications Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES Professional qualification in accounting, auditing or finance (CPA/CIA or equivalent). Project management accreditation highly desirable. Risk management certification. Good knowledge of UNHCR systems (such as Focus and MSRP). Excellent knowledge of United Nations financial rules and procedures. Good understanding of the workflows of major Entreprise Resource Planning financial modules (such as PeopleSoft, SAP or Oracle). Working experience with accrual accounting (such as IPSAS or IFRS). Knowledge of additional UN languages. How to apply: Application Interested candidates should submit their online application on the UNHCR career page by clicking on the 'international vacancies' tab here: All currently advertised positions are available on the career page. Deadline for applications: 24 January 2019 (midnight Geneva time). To view all UNHCR vacancies, go to The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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