Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
Regular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
Target Start Date
Job Posting End Date
June 2, 2023
Standard Job Description
Project Control Associate Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The primary functions of project control are to complement programme management and provide support for oversight of projects including the formulation of a monitoring plan, quality assurance, and verification. Other activities of project control include: review of project agreements, project audit, monitoring that there is synchrony between financial and operational performance, participation in multi-functional monitoring activities and reviews, tracking project risk management, and supporting project closure. It is essential to maintain segregation of duties between project control and programme functions for effective accountability and oversight. Where there is no Project Control Officer, General Service staff performing project control functions should report directly to the Head of Office. The Project Control Associate receives general guidance and work plans from the supervisor. They work independently on regular assignments under the supervision of the Project Control Officer or to the same management level as programme. The incumbent may supervise other general service staff. Project Control staff play a very important role in maintaining harmonious and effective partnerships, and often interact with implementing partners. As a result, incumbents need to be very mindful of all dimensions of partnerships in their interaction with partners (in accordance with the Principles of Partnership, the Code of Conduct and other relevant documents). All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties – Contribute to reviewing the internal control systems of implementing partners. – Contribute to reviewing that IP agreements are in conformity with Country Operation Plans and UNHCR¿s rules, policies and procedures. – Monitor that a complete record is maintained for all projects. – Contribute to reviewing, analysing and verifying Financial and Performance Implementing Partner Reports (Part I-IPFR and Part II-IPR), and to checking accuracy and consistency between IPFR and IPR, in accordance with project agreements. – Ensure that the funds obligated under an IP agreement permit the payment of the next instalment or a disbursement, confirming the status of instalments already paid. – Support timely project closure in coordination with the programme unit. – Bring to the attention of supervisors and programme officers any significant variances at the office level in: budget execution, percentage of project execution, time schedule, and quality of projects against specifications or terms and conditions. – Maintain professional relationships with implementing partners. – Keep up to date with all UNHCR rules, regulations and procedures necessary to perform these duties. – Escalate IP issues to supervisors. – Recommend acceptance or non-acceptance of IPRs and payment of instalments. – Contact implementing partners for project related matters. – Have unlimited access to financial and operational records relating to projects. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Not applicable. Certificates and/or Licenses Accounting; Auditing; Business Administration; Finance; Project Management; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Not specified. Desirable Not specified. Functional Skills FI-Financial Accrual Accounting under internationally accepted standards (IFRS,IPSAS,etc) FI-Financial auditing MG-Project Management PM-Project Assurance RM-Risk Management IT-ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Functional Knowledge IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software IT-Computer Literacy (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
The Project Control Associate will work under the direct supervision of the Associate Project Control Officer and will be responsible for the oversight of UNHCR’s projects being implemented in the Iraq operation. The incumbent is expected to have sound experience and knowledge in financial management, programme management and accounting system, preferably ERP within UN or other multinational system as well as excellent Excel skills. In addition to supporting partnership management and being a focal person for some agreements as delegated by the Associate Project Control Officer, the Project Control Associate requires complementing programme management by contributing to oversight of projects including review of project agreements, formulation of a monitoring plan, quality assurance, project audit monitoring and verification. Furthermore, the position will analyze existence of synergy between financial and operational performance, participation of multifunctional teams in monitoring activities, tracking project risk management, monitoring of direct implementation and supporting project closure. The Project Control Associate requires working in coordination with programme, all sections/units and field offices to ensure that desired results are achieved, in order to meet the needs of refugees and other persons of concern in Iraq. Complementary to programme management, s/he will support and conduct analysis and assessment of risks associated with partnerships and direct implementation, policy compliance, operational practices, mitigation measures and gaps and make technical recommendations or decisions in line with the principles of the Framework, of UN/UNHCR’s financial rules, policies and regulations and operational context. The profile of the Project Control Associate should include cultural sensitivity, very good analytical thinking and willing to learn new systems, adaptable new work style/ tools, good interpersonal relations, strong diplomatic skills and advanced knowledge in function of project control.
As a result, the successful candidate should possess the requisite levels of professional maturity, communication skills, able to collaborate and attention to details. Possession of experience in one or more of the below-mentioned areas is desirable:
– Partnership management with capacity building focus and;
– Large scale/protracted refugee or IDP operations
– Oversight of projects within an established results-based framework
– When completing the application, candidates are required to list all of their language skills – including their mother tongue. The three broad levels are A1/A2 (“Basic User”), B1/B2 (“Independent User”), and C1/C2 (“Proficient User”)
– Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
Nature of Position:
Living and Working Conditions:
FI-Financial Accrual Accounting under internationally accepted standards (IFRS,IPSAS,etc), FI-Financial auditing, IT-Computer Literacy, IT-ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Functional Knowledge, IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software, MG-Project Management, PM-Project Assurance, RM-Risk Management
Accounting – Other, Auditing – Other, Business Administration – Other, Finance – Other, Project Management – Other
Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Political awareness, Teamwork & collaboration
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Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an eliminatory written test and only successful candidates will be interviewed.
This position doesn’t require a functional clearance