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Budget Programming Officer

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Date Posted: Dec 22, 2021
Reference: 154982
Closing Date: Jan 3, 2022
Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1
Gender: Any
Functional Area: Financial/Budget Planning
Nationality: Afghan
Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Years of Experience: 5 Years
Contract Duration: Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type: Long-term
Probation Period: Unspecified
Required Languages: Dari,Pashto,English

About UN-WFP Afghanistan:  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has been working in Afghanistan since 1963. WFP food assistance aims to help the most vulnerable, food-insecure Afghans, including women and children, and families affected by conflict and natural disasters. In the approved Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022), WFP Afghanistan is well placed to provide comprehensive support to the country in achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 via its six closely interrelated outcomes, which range from emergency response to livelihoods creation, as well as nutrition Programmes based on a life-cycle approach, and the strengthening of national food systems.The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

Job Summary:

The Head of the Budget and Programming Unit (BP Unit) reports directly to the D1 Deputy Country Director (Support Services) and managed a team of 2-3 support staff, some of whom are at the professional level.  S/he leads the budget and resource analysis and activities that programme resources to the various activities undertaken by CO and provides technical support , partnering with senior management to apply best practice approaches that support the efficient, effective and compliant utilization of funds. WFP utilizes SAP to manage it financial resources, food and assets, covering activities ranging food procurement, transport, storage and distribution; cash and voucher distribution; management of the UNHAS airline, amongst many other activites. WFP is a voluntary funded agency with shifting income flow and financially, has a complex set up with annual expenditure of over USD 120 millon per year and with about 450 staff members in six major locations inside Afghanistan.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.Participate in the development and implementation of plans, policies and procedures for budget

and programming activities ensuring that objectives are achieved in compliance with corporate, regional and functionalstrategies.

2. Create and review project budget plans and monitor ongoing project performance against

budget, ensuring adherence to guidance and policies, and providing financial analysis and

advice to optimise resources.

3. Monitor and provide advice on actions related to project closure and resource transfer.

4. Monitor and provide advice on fund utilisation and advance financing, loan and borrowing,

repayment and refinancing arrangements; alerting Country Director to approaching

deadlines for unassigned funds and potential resource shortfalls/surpluses, and proposing

appropriate solutions.

5. Monitor and manage the resource pipeline to maximise operational effectiveness, adhering to

standards and processes, and providing advice on resource allocations based on severity of

pipeline shortfalls using relevant pipeline tools.

6. Contribute to the preparation of food-demand plans to support management and provide information and advice to guide CO decision-making when multiple outcomes/activites compete for the same stock.

7. Ensure correct budget and project documentation is created, and ensure relevant resource data

is recorded in internal systems for reference, in line with WFP standards and procedures.

8. Coordinate and prepare accurate reports, to provide consistent information for stakeholders,

and to identify trends/issues and propose solutions that support decision-making by senior


9. Analyse data and propose well-researched ideas to senior officers for improvement to systems,

techniques, tools, processes and procedures to better monitor and manage budgets and funds.

10. Build capacity of WFP staff in budgeting, fund management and operational planning, through

preparing and delivery training, coaching, guidelines and manuals.

11. Represent the unit at internal meetings/committees/working groups as required, in order to

contribute to discussion of key issues from a budget and resource programming perspective.

12. Manage junior officers/staff to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.

13. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and

monitoring the management of financial risks.

14. Other as required.

Job Requirement:

Education: Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Pashto and/or Dari, preferably both.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

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