Finance Assistant

WHO - World Health Organization, Pretoria, South Africa

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th December, 2017

Job Description

The Accounts and Finance Management (AFM) Unit provides budget and finance management services to WHO programmes and administration, as well as support the management of financial assets of the organization in the African Region. The work in scope include awards management, labour distribution planning and control, imprest and other accounts management, treasury, expenditure management, quality assurance activities and staff health insurance, and financial management of assets and inventory

Description of Duties

Ensure the asset register is updated on a timely basis.Reconcile inventory records monthly.Ensure that all necessary actions are taken to adjust for periodic physical verifications of assets and inventory.Keep abreast of all developments in WHO rules, regulations, policies, procedures and systems related to the areas of work. Ensure that relevant changes are disseminated to appropriate stakeholders. Support the continuous improvement of rules and regulations around areas of work through identification of current and emerging issues and make recommendations to the Team Lead on the development and enhancement of policies, procedures, guidelines, tools to manage issues.Maintain financial records and financial transactions relating to area of work in the GSM environment. Advise and assist staff on various financial processes, controls and operations in the GSM environment in the areas of work; Respond to queries and correspondences on areas of work as required.Perform special reviews and other tasks assigned by the Team Lead.



  • Essential: Completion of secondary education, combined with a diploma or equivalent technical training or commercial education with specialization in accounting, budgeting or finance.
  • Desirable: University degree in accounting or finance will be an advantage.


  • Essential: 8 years of working experience with 3 to 5 years of responsible work in finance, budgeting and/or accounting activities.
  • Desirable: Experience within UN or other international or multinational organizations will be an advantage.

Skills: Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement inputs from several sources; to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; to conceptualize and carry out tasks with little supervision; to provide financial analytical reports, using appropriate software; to interpret financial rules and regulations; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at ZAR 294,127 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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