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Finance/Accounting, English, French

Job Description:

This position is with the Office of Administrative Services (OAS) of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) located in Kingston, Jamaica. The incumbent will reporting directly to the Director of Office of Administrative Services (OAS).


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Finance Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

Finance and Accounting
1.Lead in preparation of financial statements for ISA Regular Budget.

2.Identifies problem transactions and irregularities in related accounts, resolving them in a timely and effective manner;

3.Approves and confirms that financial documents are in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules;

4.Analyses accounts and reviews/evaluates regular financial reports at Headquarters. Also supervise Payroll for both National and International staff.

5.Reconciliations of Ledger Accounts, including Accounts receivables, payables, miscellaneous income and contributions.

6.Focal Point for ERP preparation and implementation with respect to Financial records, chart of accounts, ledger balances and data migration.

7.Advises and guides the clients concerning the Financial Regulations and Rules and Accounting Instructions;

8.Perform approval functions of financial transactions as per delegation. Reviews and analyzes various reports and advises management on any operational gaps and make recommendations for corrective action as appropriate; Respond to queries and review correspondence in relation to financial matters from management, clients including auditors and other stakeholders;

9.Ensure that the periodic financial reports are produced in a timely manner.

1.Ensures that accurate and complete accounting; reporting and internal control systems are functioning;

2.Ensure that all relevant records and audit trails are maintained; Supervise one or more National staff, team leaders and/or teams and provide day-day management and supervision, training and guidance to other staff;

3.Provide support in planning of unit and team staff work plans, monitor and report performance against the plans;

4.Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to provide advice to counterparts and management on financial resourcing and stewardship; Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, finance, or related field is required.

A first-level degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in finance, budget, administration, public administration, business administration, or related area is required. Experience in cost management, budget formulation, financial monitoring, accounting, audit, financial reported or other related areas is required.
Experience in translating strategies into financial plans and operations is desirable. Experience working with international or multi-national organizations is desirable. Experience working in a volatile, conflict or post conflict settings is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of ISA.

For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates (P3 or FS6) are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This temporary job opening available for six (6) months and may be extended subject ISA requirements and availability of funds.

Rostered candidates at the P3 and FS6 level are encouraged to apply.

Applicants from ISA member states - > https://wxx.xxx.xxx.xx/xxxxxx-xxxxxs are considered eligible.

The selected candidate is expected, at the latest, to commence work by 01 November 2019.

(COMPANY NAME) Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the (COMPANY NAME) if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term "sexual exploitation" means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term "sexual abuse" means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The (COMPANY NAME) places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the (COMPANY NAME) including the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Source: Company website
Posted on: 01 Oct 2019
Job duration: 6 months
Languages: English, French
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