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WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Our goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.

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About WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. Here’s some information about WHO:

  1. Mission: The mission of WHO is to promote the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people. It works to prevent and control diseases, improve access to healthcare, and promote health and well-being globally.
  2. Mandate: WHO’s mandate includes providing leadership on global health matters, setting norms and standards, shaping the research agenda, coordinating responses to health emergencies, and providing technical support to countries.
  3. Objectives: WHO has several objectives, including promoting health equity, strengthening health systems, promoting health security, enhancing preparedness and response to emergencies, and advocating for universal health coverage.
  4. Focus Areas: WHO works in various areas of public health, including communicable diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis), noncommunicable diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases), maternal and child health, mental health, nutrition, environmental health, and more.
  5. COVID-19 Response: During the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has played a crucial role in providing guidance, coordinating global response efforts, sharing information, and supporting countries in their response and recovery efforts.
  6. Partnerships: WHO collaborates with governments, other United Nations agencies, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to address global health challenges and achieve its goals.
  7. Research and Innovation: WHO supports and promotes research to advance scientific knowledge in the field of public health. It also encourages innovation in healthcare delivery, technology, and interventions.
  8. Health Regulations: WHO develops international health regulations to prevent the spread of diseases across borders and to ensure coordinated responses to health emergencies.
  9. Country Support: WHO provides technical assistance and support to member countries, helping them strengthen their health systems, improve healthcare delivery, and address public health priorities.
  10. Health Promotion and Advocacy: WHO promotes health education, information sharing, and advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about health issues, encourage healthy behaviors, and mobilize action for better health outcomes.

Why work at WHO

  1. Global Impact: WHO is a leading international organization in the field of public health. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to contribute to improving the health and well-being of people worldwide. Your work can have a direct and significant impact on addressing global health challenges and saving lives.
  2. Public Health Leadership: WHO plays a crucial role in setting global health policies, standards, and guidelines. By working at WHO, you can be part of the team that shapes the global health agenda, influences policies, and drives innovation in public health practices.
  3. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: WHO brings together professionals from various fields, including medicine, epidemiology, public health, policy, research, and more. Working at WHO allows you to collaborate with experts and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, fostering interdisciplinary approaches and learning from a wide range of perspectives.
  4. Global Network: WHO operates in multiple countries and maintains strong partnerships with governments, international organizations, academia, and civil society. Working at WHO provides opportunities to engage with this global network, collaborate with renowned institutions, and contribute to international health initiatives.
  5. Emergency Response and Preparedness: WHO plays a critical role in responding to health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Working at WHO means being part of a team that mobilizes resources, coordinates responses, and supports countries in crisis situations, making a difference in saving lives and mitigating the impact of emergencies.
  6. Professional Development: WHO offers a range of learning and development opportunities for its staff. Working at WHO allows you to enhance your skills, expand your knowledge in public health, and develop expertise in specific areas through training programs, workshops, and access to a vast knowledge network.
  7. Diversity and Inclusion: WHO values diversity and strives to create an inclusive work environment. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives, promoting cross-cultural understanding and fostering an inclusive organizational culture.
  8. Work-Life Balance: WHO emphasizes work-life balance and supports flexible working arrangements. It recognizes the importance of maintaining personal well-being and offers policies and initiatives to support the well-being of its staff.
  9. Professional Networking: Working at WHO provides excellent networking opportunities. You can connect with experts, policymakers, and professionals in the field of public health from around the world, which can broaden your professional network and open doors to future career opportunities.
  10. Commitment to Ethical Values: WHO is guided by a strong commitment to ethical values, including integrity, transparency, and accountability. Working at WHO allows you to contribute to upholding these values in your work and contribute to the organization’s mission with a sense of purpose and integrity.

Details on the post

Finance Assistant – (2404406)  

Grade: G5

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year (Subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)

Job Posting

: May 23, 2024, 6:55:44 AM

Closing Date

: Jun 7, 2024, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Afghanistan-Kabul

Organization

: EM_AFG WHO Representative’s Office, Afghanistan

Schedule

: Full-time 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

1- Administer the E-Imprest system. Ensure compliance with financial procedures, systems and internal controls according to Global Management System (GSM) instructions and WHO rules. Select and enter data from variety of documents, ensure accuracy in calculations and attach necessary supporting invoices or receipts of payments and payment authorizations.2- Record all expenses and receipts in the e-imprest and reflect it in the GSM in a timely manner. Monitor the unposted items in the cash book and take necessary steps to clear them in coordination with Global Service Center (GSC).3- Initiate, verify and process financial transactions and payments for WRO office and sub- offices related to staff and non staff costs, purchase orders, local purchases, etc, based on authorizations received from EMRO and GSC. Process e-Imprest transactions and monitor Imprest GL’s including processing and reviewing of purchase orders for services – Imprest, DFC’s, GES and other activities with the aim to ensure accuracy of financial data, adequacy of supporting documents and maintenance of proper accounting records.4- Reconcile country office cash books and justify any difference in reconciliation; prepare cash counts and to reconcile with the cashbooks on a monthly basis5- Follow up on the transfer of program funds and initiate award budgeting in GSM workplans. Monitor awards expiry dates, alert responsible staff, and initiate action for expenditure batches. Review and follow up on encumbrances and unapplied receivable balances, process and monitor revisions of amounts vis-a-vis award distribution by SO/OWER. 6- Compare cash books with bank statements to compute gain and loss in exchange rate on monthly basis and liaison with officials of local banks to obtain day-to-day information on exchange rates. Prepare financial tables, special reports and other ad-hoc reports. Initiate correspondence and answer queries related to area of work. 7- Update and maintain financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions. 8- Replace and assist other colleagues in the team and perform other related financial and administrative duties as required

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: Completion of secondary education; training in business administration/commerce and or technical courses in a field related to the work performed.
Desirable: Bachelor degree in business administration, commerce, accounting, social sciences or other related field is an asset.

Experience

Essential: At least five years of related experience in accounting and/or administrative work
Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system

Skills

Very good organizational skills. Proven knowledge of banking regulations and local laws. Good analytical and effective communication skills. Sound knowledge of the organization’s policies and regulations in general, and in particular, regarding project activities and financial procedures is an asset.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Intermediate knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of local Languages.
Desirable:

REMUNERATION

The World Health Organization provides employees in the General Services category with a competitive benefits package. For the aforementioned role, this includes a net base salary of USD 23,641 per year (net of mandatory deductions for health insurance and pension contributions, where applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

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