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Job Description

  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Junior level – NPSA-9, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2023-01-31


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.

UNDP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods, and rule of law. Under the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close coordination with other UN agencies, UNDP is supporting Afghan people’s aspiration for peace, prosperity, and sustainability. UNDP is currently implementing its flagship crisis response programme, ABADEI (Area Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives), as part of the ongoing UN-led response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power.

Agriculture is the main stay for most of Afghans. Approximately 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture directly or in secondary or tertiary activities. It is in this sector that the future of Afghanistan’s wealth and potential for capital accumulation resides. While some of Afghanistan’s former agricultural infrastructure has been restored, considerably more, remains to be done. Lack of agriculture technology, infrastructure, and difficulty in accessing markets by farmers still remain as challenges in the sector. This is, in spite of the enormous potential of agriculture as the sector that can drive economic growth.

These challenges and dependence of rural households on low-value crops on scarce arable land and their vulnerability to increasingly severe droughts and floods due to climate change adversely contribute to the viability of opium poppy cultivation as an easily marketable and drought-resistant option. Having said this, it also presents an opportunity as farmers, producers, and processors and traders are demanding increased support from the government, realizing the potential of agriculture as a viable economic option if provided with the requisite technologies and infrastructure.

CBARD is a community-based project which introduces and strengthens local production and marketing of traditional high-value crops in the twenty high opium producing districts of Nangarhar, Laghman, Badghis, Farah, Balkh and Kandahar. With a stated purpose to prove the viability of high-value agricultural-based interventions in improving local economies as a sustainable alternative to illicit crop cultivation, CBARD project aims at reducing opium cultivation and directly benefit over 350,000 target direct beneficiaries. In addition to supporting local farmers with Farmers’ Field Schools, CBARD project supports existing public and private agro-business infrastructures in the strategic areas of irrigation, transportation, and agricultural facilities. The later includes the introduction or strengthening of value-addition activities through community-owned producer groups, cooperatives, or established SMEs by building or repairing key infrastructure such as greenhouses, dry and cold storage warehouses, and packaging and processing plants. The project also recognizes the important role of off-farm employment created and supported by the project through innovative enterprise support and development. CBARD Project is implemented directly by UNDP through Responsible Party Agrement (RPA) with Roots of Peace. Furthermore, UNDP coordinates with UNODC as the Opium Production Monitoring Agent to carry out socio-economic evaluations in targeted communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CBARD Project Manager and in close coordination with the Country Office Finance Unit, the Finance Officer will work closely with staff from the CBARD Project, Implementing Partner/Responsible Party, Donors and will provide overall support to the Project Manager on financial issues.

The duty station for this position is Kabul, Afghanistan, following the working hours and weekends as applicable to all UN staff in Afghanistan. Movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by UNDP and the project. The Finance Officer will at all times observe UN security and rules and regulations as well as advisories in Afghanistan and comply with UN MOSS.

The CBARD Project is seeking to recruit a Finance Officer who will be responsible for:

Financial management and project budget management:

  • Management CBARD financial resources
  • Review the quarterly financial reports of the Implementing Partner/Responsible Party
  • Send payment requests to the Finance Office
  • Perform financial analysis and oversight for all resources of the project
  • Analyze and monitor financial situation and present forecast to the project management
  • Plan proper expenditure, tracking and audit of financial resources
  • Organize and oversee project cashflow and revenue management process
  • Ensure full compliance of financial activities, financial recording/reporting and audit follow up as per UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies.
  • Prepare budget and monitor project expenses in Atlas on a regular basis, report on the project delivery.
  • Provide support relating to procurement activities
  • Raise e-requisition and perform PROMPT entries regarding procurement plan
  • Ensure that advances and direct payments are properly raised and made on timely basis

Effective financial analysis, monitoring and reporting focusing on the achievement of the following result:

  • Ensure implementation of operational and financial management strategies and procedures;\
  • Ensure proper control of the project accounts
  • Full compliance of financial activities with UNDP/UN rules and regulation, policies, procedures and strategies; effective implementation of the internal control system
  • Timely corrective actions on accounting entries, Timely response to HQ/Donors/CO requests to resolve financial data issues;
  • Analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals on proper mechanisms to build internal and external Programme management capacity
  • Regular analysis of corporate financial strategies and policies, assessing the impact of changes and making recommendation on their implementation in the project
  • Monitor the progress on the procurement processes
  • Review and report the financial risk management issues, ensure timely accounting and reconciliation of all transactions
  • Ensure timely financial reporting to the donors

Knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Maintain an effective stakeholder engagement approach
  • Provide ad hoc support to the Implementing Partner/Responsible Party  related to financial issues
  • Based on need, support relevant Implementing Partner/Responsible Party financial focal points to identify new programme financial management, joint quality assurance and audit
  • Organizing on job and capacity trainings on specialized financial matters
  • Organizing of training for finance team in the project
  • Performs other related duties as required

Other duties required by the office


Core Competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Direction and Strategy

  • Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiate mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and create ‘win-win’ situations

Business Development

  • Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly external

Business Management

  • Project Management: Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goal
  • Risk Management: Ability to identify and organise action around mitigating and proactively managing risks

Digital and Innovation

  • Data Analysis: Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making


  • HIV, Health and Development: Understanding and practical experience of social determinants of health and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations


  • National Strategic Plan/Policy for Health: Ability to engage with national disease programmes in support of development and national strategies/plans

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master or bachelor’s degree in finance/accounting, business or public administration or equivalent professional accounting qualification from an international recognized institute of accountancy
  • UNDP Advance Accountancy & Finance Test may be required


  • With Master’s degree 2 years and with bachelor’s degree 4 years of relevant experience
  • Financial management experience with the UN system a strong asset
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based financial systems (i.e. ERP)
  • Experience in financial management system of UN/ NGO/ large enterprize
  • Promotes ethics and integrity and creates organizational precedents
  • Proficient in use of web based financial systems/ enterprize resource planning software
  • Proven experience in building staff competence and creating an environment of creativity and innovation.
  • Builds and promotes effective teams
  • Creates and promotes an environment for open communications
  • Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Finance Planning, Budgeting & Finance Reporting and Analysis
  • Partnership (Ability to engage with other agencies, donors and other development stakholders and forge productive working relationship)
  • Experience working with diverse teams with different technical capacities in international development
  • Working with diverse and multi-cultural teams is desirable
  • Demonstrated expertise in using ERP based financial management

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral English, required
  • Knowledge of the local language Dari and/or Pashto is required


  • Any travel associated with performing the functions of the position shall be payable by UNDP as per applicable Policy

Note: This position is open for Afghanistan nationals only 


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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