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Vacancy Announcement No: UPU/21/P3/FT-C/334
Title: Expert of Clearing (Operations and Treasury) and Business Development
Grade: P3
Type of contract Fixed-term (Core) Appointment
Duration:  Three years
Publication Date: 11 August 2021
Application Deadline: 23 September 2021
(3 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organizational Unit: Finance Directorate (DFI)
Duty Station:  Bern Switzerland
Scheduled date for taking up appointment:  As soon as possible
Organizational Context:
With its 192 member countries, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.
Main duties:
Under the supervision of the Director and (functional) the Accounting, Budget and Treasury Programme Manager of the UPU International Bureau (IB):
- Organize, monitor and approve (visa) the accounting work of the UPU and Postal Payment Services (PPS) Clearings;
- Analyze accounting or financial data relating to cash flows or dealings with banks in the area of clearings
- Monitor as delegated bank relations related to Clearing activities
- Propose and implement measures for further increase in membership and business volumes of Clearings and other finance related revenue-generating activities.

1. UPU and PPS Clearings (operations and treasury):
1.1. Monitoring and team management
- Supervise and monitor the everyday tasks of the assistants in the unit to ensure operations (checks/correction of entered data, initial approval (visa) of payments and accounting vouchers, validation of ledgers).
Team management:
- Lead and motivate the team;
- Organize the work and provide technical support;
- Set annual objectives and evaluate performance;
- Ensure the ongoing development of staff;
- Ensure continuity in case of the absence of assistants in the UPU*Clearing Unit.
1.2. UPU*ClearingTreasury and PPS Clearing (as delegated) Current cash management
- Take responsibility for operational cash management in coordination with the Accounting and Treasury Programme Manager;
- Devise and introduce cash planning tools and develop reporting tools;
- Reduce and optimize financial costs while maintaining a balance between the different accounts;
- Ensure conformity of payments.
1.3. Management of various operations linked to methods of financial settlements between postal operators (clearing/settlement models)
- Devise, propose and manage activities aimed at expanding the postal payment services clearing/settlement system and participate in the activities of the POC committee responsible for postal financial services;
- Devise and propose developments of the clearing systems for the settlement of postal accounts and solutions for the settlement of debts between postal operators;
- Devise and implement appropriate financial clearing solutions relating in particular to regional projects.
1.4. Risk management for postal financial services
- Analyze and evaluate financial reports, develop scenarios and propose solutions for the management of liquid assets in the framework of postal payment services with a view to optimizing their use;
- Formulate recommendations or proposals for risk management methods for exchanges in the area of postal financial services.
1.5. Accounting
- Prepare and supervise accounting and report for UPU* and PPS clearings
University degree (bachelor's or equivalent) in finance or business management or in a similar field.
Minimum five years' experience (clearing, banking, treasury or finance) in a financial institution or international
organization/company is required.
Technical knowledge:
1. Very broad general knowledge of economics and ability to foresee events in the banking world.
2. Very good knowledge of banking products/techniques and of the investment market (constantly updated).
3. Very good knowledge of cash management techniques and processes.
4. Good knowledge of risk analysis techniques.
5. Knowledge of operation of clearing and settlement tools and financial regulations.
6. Knowledge of IPSAS accounting standards.
7. Good command of IT tools and office software (Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
Skills and abilities / competencies:
1. Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
2. Sense of initiative.
3. Rigour and a sense of organization.
4. Responsiveness.
5. Ability to communicate and social skills.
Language skills:
Proficiency in French or English is required.
Additional Information:
French is the official language of the UPU. English and French are the working languages of the UPU International Bureau.
Priority shall be given for an internal promotion.
Candidates might be considered for other similar posts (for a period not exceeding one year).
The UPU is committed to encouraging diversity within its workforce. Interested candidates from minority groups and/or with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated equally and in the strictest confidence.
Candidates must ensure that they provide relevant contact details so that they can be contacted at any time, to prevent them from being excluded from the selection process.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
62,120 USD
Post adjustment: 83.6 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement.

All applicants employed by postal entities and applying for a vacant position in the Professional (P) or Senior (D) category must be recommended and submitted through the competent postal authority.
Applications not satisfying this criterion may not be considered.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged.

The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at: https://upu.int/en/Universal-Postal-Union/Careers
Currently accepting applications

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