Madagascar: Finance Officer Position, P3 – Antananarivo, Madagascar

Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Madagascar
Closing date: 14 Oct 2016

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a Finance Officer position at the P3 level, based in our Country Office in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Country Director, the Finance Officer, P3 will be responsible for the following key duties:

  • Support corporate finance and resource management strategies by contributing to the development of policies and procedures for Country Offices or Headquarters based units, participating in key programmatic initiatives, and embedding value for money in these initiatives through advice on financial assessment, reporting and accounting.
  • Lead on the implementation of Country Office finance, budgeting and resource management operations, in order to support the timely and effective supply of food assistance, and comply with WFP standards and processes.
  • Carry out regular visits to Area/Field Offices as appropriate and assist in clarifying and improving proper application of policies and procedures, and prepare comprehensive reports on findings with improvement action plans.
  • Lead on the delivery of accurate financial reporting and analyses in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), ensuring accuracy, deadlines and compliance with accounting processes and corporate governance requirements.
  • Provide financial assessment of partners, service providers, and other entities as needed, providing conclusions to management to enable them to make informed decisions and minimize financial risk to the organisation.
  • Design, implement, monitor and analyse budgets for new and ongoing projects according to the established corporate procedures and requirements.
  • Ensure that bank reconciliation, disbursements, clearance of receivables, overall cash management and monthly financial closures are performed regularly and in accordance with corporate requirements.
  • Where necessary, manage and deliver administrative services, negotiating contracts and following standard processes to provide cost-effective, quality and timely services to WFP staff.
  • Where necessary, oversee human resource functions related to staff benefits, recruitment of local staff, and training.
  • Monitor and analyse financial and accounting data, identifying and forecasting trends, anomalies or issues, and proposing solutions to management with regards to: status of budgets, availability of funds, programme effectiveness and financial viability.
  • Identify and develop improvements to policies, systems and procedures in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, minimise risk, and ensure services are aligned with business objectives.
  • Other as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required


  • Advanced University degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related fields, or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of related work experience plus membership in an international recognised professional accountancy body such as Associated of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Certified Public Accounts (ICPA) or equivalent.


  • At least five years of progressively responsible and solid professional postgraduate experience in finance with great independence, decision making authority, supervision of staff and managing complex budgets;
  • At least one year of experience in an international organisation or international environment;
  • Specialized in finance area in a country office and developed financial policies and procedures are desirable,
  • Experience working in the area of financial and administrative management in WFP, other UN agencies and/or humanitarian organisations would be an advantage.

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of financial management and reporting;
  • Training and/or experience utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems, including SAP and other ERP systems;
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures (desired)


  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks within tight timeline;
  • Ability to provide technical advice to managers on a broad range of financial, human resources and other administrative matters;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with different stakeholders within and outside the organisation
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under supervision;
  • Ability to draft clear concise reports on key issues and decisions within the delegated area of responsibility.


  • Fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required
  • Another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is an advantage.

Terms and Conditions

Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. He/she will be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit

How to apply:

Application Procedures:

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Step 1: Register and create your online CV.

Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 14 OCTOBER 2016

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.**REF**: 16-0022619**