UN Project Control Officer Job Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About UNHCR:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary:The Project Control Officer will 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 may supervise national and international staff. The 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).

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Quality assurance of project agreements is provided in accordance with applicable UNHCR rules and regulations.
  • A project monitoring plan is in place and implemented in collaboration with multi-functional teams (MFT).
  • Assurance of project implementation and delivery of expected results within budget/resources, timeframe, and in accordance with project agreements is provided.
  • Resources transferred to implementing partners are utilized for the intended purposes and in accordance with project agreements.
  • Performance delivery and financial expenditure reported by implementing partners are accurate and consistent.
  • Sufficient and adequate internal controls are in place for the management of projects and activities.
  • Programme and senior management are promptly informed of major variances and risks in the execution of projects (budgets, finance, implementation or timeframe).
  • Project audit certificates are of good quality, timely obtained, and recommendations are implemented.
  • Participate in the operation’s annual assessment and planning cycle.
  • Support the selection and retention processes of implementing partners in accordance with UNHCR’s rules, policies and procedures.
  • Review that project agreements are in conformity with Country Operation Plans and UNHCR’s rules, policies and procedures.
  • Formulate and implement a project monitoring plan in collaboration with the programme unit and MFT.
  • Track the management of project risks in collaboration with the programme unit, and report major risks to senior management.
  • Review, analyze and verify Financial and Performance Implementing Partner Reports (Part I-IPFR and Part II-IPR), and check accuracy and consistency between IPFR and IPR, in accordance with project agreements.
  • Undertake missions within the geographical area of responsibility.
  • Monitor, track and verify that expenditure for direct implementation by UNHCR is in line with the approved budget.
  • Conduct reviews of the internal control systems of implementing partners and provide advice as required.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations of identified variants, risks and issues to the partner, programme unit and escalate to management as required.
  • Prepare project control reports with the current status of programme implementation and financial status.
  • Inform management of cases where UNHCR may not adhere to its obligations under project agreements.
  • Manage the selection and engagement process of audit providers for projects, and the execution of the audits, including obtaining reports, reviewing outcomes and following-up with recommendations.
  • Carry out timely project closure in coordination with the programme unit.
  • Participate in country-level programme training for implementing partners and UNHCR staff as necessary, as well as brief staff and implementing partners on project control and risk management.
  • Provide input to the midand end-year programme review process on issues related to project control and risk management.
  • Maintain professional relationships with implementing partners.
  • Keep up-to-date with all UNHCR rules, regulations and procedures necessary to perform these duties.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Key Result Areas:

  • Report on financial and operational performance and risks related to projects, and escalate issues to senior management.
  • Recommend acceptance or non-acceptance of IPRs and payment of instalments.
  • Advise on improvements related to project management and internal controls.
  • Contact implementing partners for project related matters.
  • Have unlimited access to financial and operational records relating to projects

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Project Control Officer job placement should hold an Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) 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 6 years of previous job experience in the field of accounting/finance, project management, business analysis, quality assurance and/or risk management, of which at least 2 years in an intergovernmental organization (United Nations or similar). Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Excellent knowledge of international auditing standards, with a minimum of 2 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.
  • 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:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

Deadline: 16th April 2019


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