Finance Assistant

from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Closing date: 14 Oct 2019

Main Purpose

The Finance Assistant performs a large variety of routine administrative and financial duties in support of the control and maintenance of accounts and in the processing of finance/ accounting/ budget-related transactions. The incumbent exercises judgment, identifies errors and supports sound financial practice.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Finance Assistant reports to one or more Professional staff and receives guidance from a Finance Assistant/Associate. He/she acts independently in routine matters. Supervision received is focused on the quality of the work performed and provides for on-the-job learning.

Working Relationships

The Finance Assistant interacts with a variety of colleagues within the work unit and with immediate clients served within the Organization, providing routine assistance to promote the effective and efficient delivery of finance-related services.

Key Functions/Results

· Process claims or invoices and other payments requests in line with relevant regulations and instructions;

· Ensure that all supporting documents and information required to justify payment, including receipts, banking details, etc., are complete before releasing payments;

· Settle invoices and claims after verification of supporting documents;

· Compile and verify budget and accounting data by checking files, calculating costs and estimating anticipated expenditures; following authorization, make disbursements from petty cash as per delegation, maintain records of such disbursements and balance accounts as required;

· Assist in the preparation of periodic accounting records, finance and budget documents; record receipts and disbursements (ledgers, cash books, vouchers, etc.);

· Reconcile data for recurring or special reports; maintain contacts with local banks, verify account status and currency exchange rates and obtain approval for cheque clearance;

· Perform other duties as required.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS - candidates will be assessed against the following

Education: Secondary School Education

Experience: Three years of relevant experience in finance / budget-related support work

Languages: Good Working knowledge of English

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


Results Focus

• Teamwork

• Communication

• Building Effective Relationships

• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

• Good knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting policies and practices

• Good knowledge of corporate financial systems

• Good knowledge of the communication and documentation standards

How to apply:

Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English directly to :

Please indicate the position you are applying for in the email subject.

Only national Syrian CVs will be considered for shortlistin