Finance Associate

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th February, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country office, which is headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist government to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

FAO is implementing and planning a number of projects aimed to strengthen the resilience and socio-economic cohesion amongst Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and vulnerable host communities in rural areas in Turkey through support to agricultural livelihoods and access to employment in the agri-food sector.

Main Purpose

The Finance Associate 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.

Working Relationships

The Finance Associate interacts with a variety of colleagues within the project team and country office, and with immediate clients served within the Organization, providing routine assistance to promote the effective and efficient delivery of finance-related services.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey, direct supervision of the Programme Officer, and in collaboration with FAO Turkey team and SEC Admin unit, the Finance Associate will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Ensuring adherence to corporate financial systems, rules and regulations, policies and practices and to required recording and documentation standards:
  • 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

  • Secondary school education certificate
  • At least five years of experience in finance / budget-related support work
  • Working knowledge of English and fluency in Turkish
  • National of Turkey

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


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