Finance Assistant G5

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WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. WFP has been present in Sri Lanka since 1968 and provided assistance to the country in emergency response and protracted recovery interventions in the aftermath of man-made disasters such as the 27-year confilict and recurrent natural disasters (Drought and floods/land slides). WFP aims to support and facilitate multi-sector approaches to nutrition and food security through both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming, including supporting the government to scale up its rice fortification effort, promoting positive nutrition practices, as well integrating nutrition lens within the WFP assisted School Meal Programme and resilience building programmes.


Position Title: Finance Assistant

Contract Type: Fixed Term (G5)

Contract Duration: 01 Year

Duty Station: Colombo Sri Lanka

Nationality: Sri Lankan only

Remuneration: Attractive remuneration package following UN policy including salary and medical insurance


01 JUNE 2024


The Country Office (CO) is in search of an experienced Finance Assistant with robust finance skills, analytical capabilities, and experience in finance and accounting engagements with key stakeholders such as government bodies, UN agencies, NGOs, Private Sector Organizations, communities and beneficiaries,


The chosen candidate will play a pivotal role in shaping the Finance Management Strategy of WFP. Reporting directly to the Head of Finance, the Finance Assistant will provide support for WFP Sri Lanka activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Assist in providing the procedural and technical support to staff within the areas of finance and budget, to ensure compliance with WFP financial policies, rules, and regulations.
2. Process and review financial transactions, including payments, receipts, and journal entries, in accordance with established procedures
3. Monitor monthly expenditure forecasts and provide expenditure reports to facilitate informed decision-making.
4. Monitor the sub-imprest bank and petty cash accounts regularly, to ensure that adequate funds are available and appropriately disbursed.
5. Verify vendor claims, advances and other receivables and observe appropriate procurement procedures, to ensure that suppliers are paid in a timely manner and in conformance with WFP finance rules and regulations.
6. Assist in compiling information from various sources to prepare reports relating to budgets, accounting, finance, and statistics.
7. Retrieve, format and validate information obtained from various financial information systems and bring any discrepancy or inaccuracy to the attention of the supervisor and follow up corrective actions.
8. Maintain the web-based register for all invoices and payment transfers and record paperwork, to ensure that all documents are maintained and filed in compliance with WFP standards and guidelines.
9. Monitor and record all expenses in line with the approved budget to ensure that correct expenditure costs are charged and payments to external suppliers, cash grants and other supplier invoices are processed in a timely manner.
10. Provide guidance and on-the-job training to other support staff, to ensure services are delivered consistently and to the required standards.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable. Part qualification in professional certification in accounting (ACCA, CIMA, Chartered Accounting) is an asset.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English, Sinhala, or Tamil language.


Has Minimum of 5 Years of experience in monitoring and inputting financial data on projects and programs, assessing financial health and status, and reporting findings to senior leaders.


  • Excellent Performance and Budgeting Analysis & Reporting Skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills and proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Proven ability to efficiently and effectively handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Computer literate.


To Apply:

Click ‘Apply’ to the link below to start the application process. Candidates are requested to create an account in WFP E-Recruitment system before applying.

Please also include your CV with a cover letter, highlighting your motivation and suitability for this vacancy, as part of an online application.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including basic salary and medical insurance.

Please visit to learn more about WFP’s operations in Sri Lanka.

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Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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