This position is located in the Advisory Board on Compensation Claims (ABCC) team, Risk Management and Compensation Section, Financial Risk Management Service (FRMS), Office of the Programme Planning, Finance and Budget (OPPFB) of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).
The Finance Officer reports to the Chief of the Commercial Insurance and Compensations Section.
The Secretary of the ABCC and of the UN Claims Board (UNCB) provides documentary, analytical and administrative services to the Boards which make recommendations to the Secretary General and the Controller respectively, concerning the compensations to be paid to Staff Members, Consultants, Military Observers and Members of Commissions, committees or Similar Bodies in the event of A) death, injury or illness attributable to service with the United Nations under Appendix D to the Staff Rules and ST/SGB/103/Rev.1, and B) loss of or damage to personal effects resulting from performance of official duties, service in a special area, or travel by means of transport furnished by or at the expense of the United Nations.
- Undertakes research and analysis of all cases submitted to the Boards;
- Reviews and analyses all documents and information submitted as to the propriety, legality and correctness of claims;
- Directs fact-finding research on cases, collects documentary evidence and expedites processing of claims;
- Prepares and drafts case summaries ensuring full documentation availability to the members of the Boards;
- Initiates, plans and organizes meetings of the Boards;
- Prepares draft agenda for Boards’ meetings;
- Participates in and drafts minutes of all meetings;
- Corresponds with and informs claimants of the status of their cases; Ensures correct formulation of the Boards’ recommendations and their prompt submission to the SG and to the Controller, respectively, and to timely implementation of their decisions;
- Compiles information and maintains records for reference and to serve as guidelines for the consistent application of and strict adherence to Staff Rules/Regulations and to policies adopted;
- Interprets complex cases and provides rationale for decisions based thereon and on applicable precedents;
- Provides advisory services to local Claims Boards;
- Advises and assists the Members of the Boards in their deliberations on pending cases;
- Liaises and assists in initiating and maintaining contacts with claimants, their Counsels and all UN Departments/Offices, Regional Commissions, Specialized Agencies and Governments;
- Responsible for the computation of entitlements and periodic adjustments of benefits in accordance with established procedures and guidelines;
- Exercises authority delegated by the Controller for approving and certifying payments of awards, including monthly benefits as well as approval of reimbursement of medical expenses, funeral expenses, compensation for permanent disfigurement or loss of function for claims up to $50,000, under Appendix D;
- Prepares and maintains statistical data relative to claims for purpose of budget appropriations;
- Prepares reports on the activities of the secretariats relating to the processing of claims and the changes of policies, procedures and instructions;
- Oversees provision of all administrative services, initiates and co-ordinates all other actions required for the effective processing bf claims and implementation of the decisions taken by the SG and the Controller respectively;
- Identifies, examines and resolves issues relating to Staff/claimants’ benefits;
- Plans, co-ordinates and supervises the work of the Staff of the ABCC and UNCB Secretariats;
- Evaluates and prepares reports on Staff; and performs other duties as required;
Professionalism: Ability to apply Staff Rules and policies related to entitlements under Appendix D and loss of personal effects and adjudicates related claims. Ability to apply Financial Regulations and Rules in an organizational setting. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis using conceptual, quantitative, analytical and evaluative skills. Knowledge of employee compensation mechanisms and understanding of risk management and insurance concepts. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in law, social sciences, personnel administration or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in finance, law, administration, human resources or related area is required.
Experience in interpreting and applying UN or any similar large scale international organization’s Staff entitlements relating to death, injury, disability and loss of personnel effects is desirable.
Supervisory experience is desirable.
Change management experience is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this positions for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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