FAO recrute 01 Finance and Budget Assistant

FAO recrute 01 Finance and Budget Assistant


Cairo, Egypt
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Job Description


Finance and Budget Assistant

Job Posting: 04/May/2023

Closure Date: 18/May/2023, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: RNE

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: General Service

Grade Level: G-5

Primary Location: Egypt-Cairo

Duration: Fixed-term: 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number: 0136980

Staff in the General Service category are recruited locally from the Primary Location area, which is where the office is located.

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  

• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) leads FAO’s support to countries in the region in transforming their agrifood systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It identifies regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development and ensures the planning and implementation of FAO’s strategic response in the region through a multidisciplinary approach. It implements approved programmes and projects, monitors programme implementation, and ensures that they contribute to addressing regional priorities. RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Strategic Framework and Programme of Work and Budget.

RNE supports regional policy dialogues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports knowledge exchange, capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region. It develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The post is located in the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) in Cairo, Egypt.

Main Purpose

The Finance and Budget Assistant coordinates and performs the full range of financial, accounting and budgeting functions. He/she ensures quality, transparency and consistency of data and processes within his/her area of responsibility and contributes to a smooth functioning of the work of the unit.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Finance and Budget Assistant reports to the Finance and Budget Associate. The incumbent operates independently and takes decisions on work priorities. Supervision received is focused on the quality of work outputs, in particular the meeting of timelines and the quality of advice given to clients. He/she provides guidance and advice to other finance support staff.

Working Relationships

The Finance and Budget Assistant works closely with colleagues in the Administrative Support Unit and with client offices in the handling of routine and specialized processes, promoting the effective and efficient delivery of finance-related services.

Key Functions/Results

•    Code, record and reconcile accounting transactions;

•    Review and authorize as per delegation payments to vendors for goods and services including calculating, inputting and checking payments for correctness and communicating discrepancies to supervisors; verify accuracy of data;

•    Process salaries, entitlements, claims, income taxes, etc., according to established guidelines and procedures;

•    Brief and assist newly arrived staff, experts and consultants on basic financial procedures and requirements with respect to payments, entitlements, banking and currency provisions and other requirements relating to accounts and finance;

•    Prepare detailed cost estimates and other data for use in budget analysis and proposals;

•    Generate expenditure reports from computerized information system databases;

•    Research/compile financial data; assist in the preparation/finalization of budget performance reports, carrying out preliminary analysis of variances between budgets and actual expenditures;

•    Review draft reports, verifying overall accuracy, consistency and uniformity in the presentation; cross-check consistency of figures; drafts/prepares routine correspondence;

•    Provide procedural guidance to other finance support staff;

•    Perform other duties as required.

Impact of Work

The incumbent’s work impacts directly on the efficient provision of specialized finance, accounting and budget-related services. He/ she plays a lead role in the provision of financial support services for successful achievement of the organizational unit’s mandate.


Minimum Requirements

Education: Secondary School Education.

Experience: Four years of relevant experience in finance and budget-related support work.

Languages: Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of Arabic or French.

IT Skills: Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment.

Residency: General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application. “Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.


•    Results Focus

•    Teamwork

•    Communication

•    Building effective relationships

•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

•    Very good knowledge of the essential elements of a range of finance, accounting and budget-related activities, including the relevant policies, rules and regulations.

•    Very good knowledge of corporate financial systems.

•    Very good knowledge of the communication and documentation standards.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


• FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

• Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

• The length of the appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to extension of appointments

• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 

• General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application.”Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.

• No international benefits will be payable as selected candidates are recruited locally and paid in the local currency of the office location

• Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice

• For additional information visit the FAO employment website:


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Once completed, please apply and submit your application, with language certificates as attachments. Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications. FAO reserves the right to request candidates to undertake a language test in the future, as appropriate

• Incomplete applications will not be considered

• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

• Incomplete applications will not be considered

• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

• Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered

• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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