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Vacancy Announcement No: WIPO/13/P1/TA0112
Title: Associate Finance Officer
Grade: P1
Appointment/Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration:  six months
Publication Date: 12 December 2013
Application Deadline: 23 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organizational Unit: Finance Division
Department of Program Planning and Finance, Administration and Management Sector
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Post Number: N/A
Organizational Context:

The position is located in the Finance Division, Department of Program Planning and Finance, Administration and Management Sector. The Finance Division is responsible for the management of WIPO's financial accounting and reporting, treasury management and compliance with financial policies and procedures.
The incumbent performs tasks relating to the preparation of annual financial statements and interim financial reporting for WIPO and for UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants) in compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), and also assists with the financial reporting for trust funds and the performance of reconciliations. The incumbent works under the primary supervision of the Financial Accountant (IPSAS Specialist) and reports to the Head of the Treasury Section on matters related to trust funds.
Main duties:

The incumbent performs the following principal duties:

IPSAS financial reporting:

(a) Prepare and review for consistency accounting records and financial data for inclusion in the annual IPSAS compliant financial statements for WIPO and UPOV in accordance with the requirements of the Financial Regulations and Rules (FRR) of WIPO and UPOV respectively, under the guidance of the Financial Accountant (IPSAS Specialist);

(b) Prepare and review for consistency accounting records and financial data for inclusion in interim and biennial financial reports for WIPO and UPOV in compliance with IPSAS (including monthly and quarterly closing reports, and biennial financial management reports), under the guidance of the Financial Accountant (IPSAS Specialist);

(c) Analyze regular accounting transactions including revenue recognition, expense recognition, and recording of fixed assets, in order to ensure compliance with IPSAS requirements, check for irregularities and recommend modifications;

(d) Analyze accounting procedures and transactions as required by the Financial Accountant (IPSAS Specialist) in order to ensure the correct interpretation and implementation of new and modified standards and guidance issued by the IPSAS Board and make recommendations as appropriate;

(e) Perform other IPSAS-related activities, including the preparation and delivery of training and presentations for internal and external purposes, and the gathering of data as required for the completion of submissions to the UN IPSAS Task Force;

Trust funds:

(f) Establish quarterly financial position of trust funds, including transfers or reimbursements to the Organization, accounting for these transfers and administrative support costs, analyze accounting records and liaise with Program Managers in this respect;

(g) Prepare and review accounting records and financial data for inclusion in financial reporting for certain donors and in WIPO's Financial Management Report under the guidance of the Finance Officer in charge of trust funds;

Other duties:

(h) Reconcile specific general ledger accounts, including bank and clearing accounts in foreign currencies;

(i) Advise staff across the organization on the correct application of finance regulations, rules, or procedures to cases and provide information to external and internal auditors and other professional advisors, as required;

(j) Perform any other duties in the area of competence, as required.

WIPO Core Competencies

1. Communicating effectively.
2. Respecting individual and cultural differences.
3. Showing team spirit.
4. Managing yourself.
5. Producing results.
6. Embracing change.
7. Respecting ethics and values.

First-level university degree in finance, accounting or a related discipline or a professional accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent).


Experience in accounting and financial reporting including experience working with
International Financial Reporting Standards
(IFRS) and International Accounting Standards (IAS) or International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

Experience of an ERP (ideally PeopleSoft Financials) gained in a financial or accounting role.


Experience working in a UN common system organization.

Knowledge of IPSAS.

Ability to analyze financial information from several sources and to relate financial or accounting theory to operating practices.

Confident user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Visio) and the Internet.

Organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure and to respect deadlines, high degree of flexibility and initiative.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a multicultural team.


Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


Knowledge of Spanish or other UN languages.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
37, 202 USD
39, 439 USD (with primary dependants)
Post adjustment: 104.0 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Additional Information:

- Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

- Please note that the salary is composed of the base salary (indicated above as "Annual Salary") + the post adjustment. The post adjustment is designed to compensate the differences in living costs, thereby providing the staff with the same purchasing power at all duty stations. It is expressed as a percentage of the base salary.

-Temporary appointments are renewable, subject to continuing needs, availability of budget and satisfactory performance with a maximum cumulative length of two years.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening.

**Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.

**The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

**Initial appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical examination.

**Not applicable for interns and to Individual Contractual Service subscribers.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the WIPO internet page at:
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