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UNAMA was established in 2002 as a Political/ Peacebuilding Mission, exceptionally) directed and supported by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).


The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a UN Special Political Mission tasked with assisting the people of Afghanistan. UNAMA was established on 28 March 2002 by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1401. Reviewed annually, this mandate has been altered over time to reflect the needs of the country and was extended for one year, on 17 March 2022, by the UN Security Council Resolution 2626 (2022).

Task description

    •  Responsible for the management of funds within the accounts relevant to the UNAMA Integrated Security Workforce (ISW), in addition to the following tasks;
    •  Prepare and develop Acquisition and Requisition plans for Security and Safety equipment, Fire Fighting Equipment and provision of Security services;
    •  Analyze expenditure and establish purchase projections for effective utilization of funds. Request to liquidate outstanding obligation if necessary;
    •  Develop specifications/SOW for further requisitioning of goods/services in UMOJA in close cooperation with end users;
    •  Compare Purchase Order with Requisition/Shopping Cart to ensure specification/SOW comply with requirements;
    •  Coordinate the conduction of Technical Evaluation of Bids proposed by Procurement Section;
    •  Raise Miscellaneous Obligation Documents (MOOs) for further obligations of funds and payment process for security services expenditures;
    •  Issue Service Certification Reports/SES in order the payment for provided services by Contractors to be processed in timely manner;
  •  Prepare Interoffice Memorandums, other correspondence within Security Support Unit activities in collaboration with relevant sections: Procurement, Supply, Finance, etc.;
  •  Ensure compliance of financial activities with UN rules, regulations, policies and strategies.
  •  Proactively update and advise UNAMA Security Management on status of Security current expenditures and future projections;
  •  Prepare ad-hoc financial summary reports at the request of Management;
  •  Ensure accuracy of financial data with consultation with UNAMA relevant Sections. Work on ad hoc tasks as required by the UNAMA Security Management;
  •  Prepare monthly report, the report has to include a forecast and recommendations;
  •  Prepare necessary paperwork related to financial. and logistics activities in collaboration with UNAMA relevant Sections;
  •  Ensure that Security Support Unit files are up to date and well organized. Both electronic and hard copies
  •  Focus on result for all clients and respond positively to feedback Perform any other duties as required by Management
  •  Ensure that accurate and complete accounting. reporting and internal control systems are functioning;
  •  Develop and maintain Security In use and stocks Database, including non-security items, such as: computers, radios, vehicles, etc. Results/expected outputs
  •  As an active UNAMA team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNAMA and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
  •  Efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to the Security Section UNAMA
  •  A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as specific quantification of mobilized volunteers, activities, and capacities.
  •  The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
  •  Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
  •  A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

5 years of experience in years of progressively responsible experience in Procurement, Budget and Finance is required. Experience working in a post-conflict environment is an asset. Experience with the United Nations system administrative, procurement, budget, finance policies and practices is desirable

Area(s) of expertise

Procurement and contracting

Driving license


English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in

  •  University Degree or equivalent in Procurement, Budget and Finance is required;
  •  Technical or vocational certificate in business or public administration or related area is an asset.

Competencies and values

  •  Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNAMA; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNAMA procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  •  Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNAMA in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
  •  Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
  •  Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  •  Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNAMA mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Afghanistan is a hardship duty station with a volatile security. Living and working conditions for UN volunteers in UNAMA are similar to the living conditions of all other internationally recruited staff members. UN volunteers are provided with safe accommodation in an extensive compound in Kabul with good infrastructure and amenities. The mission has three compounds in Kabul: Compound Alpha, and UNOCA (UN Operational Complex in Afghanistan) the largest one. UNAMA has three different locations in Kabul, most of the substantive offices, including the SRSG’s are located at the so-called alpha Compound and Palace #7, which is close to the city center, while most of the administrative and technical support offices are located at the UNOCA compound on Jalalabad Road, at some distance from central Kabul. Generally speaking, stringent security measures are in place throughout the country and UN volunteers as other UN staff, are quite limited to duty stations when it comes to movement. Walking is virtually not allowed. The movement is done inside the “green zone” (only) in armored vehicles driven by national qualified UN drivers. The single unit accommodation in UNOCA and other field locations are fully furnished; this includes, furniture, washing machine dryer, hot plate, iron and iron stand, microwave, plates, cups, spoons, cooking utensils, electric kettle. One bedsheet and pillow cover is provided. The monthly charge for UN provided accommodation is USD 300 which is deducted from the monthly Volunteer Living Allowance. Inside the UNOCA compound are two cafeterias, a restaurant, a Supermarket and 3 small shops which provide a variety of imported canned and frozen food on offer. There is a Fresh vegetable market daily. There is also a social center, a gym hall and a small library with books and DVDs, run by the welfare Office, within the same compound. UNOCA has a new minimarket where basic goods can be bought also. There are also a number of UN cleared supermarkets in Kabul, in Jalalabad, and in Mazar-I-Sharif. The Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own towel and other personal accessories including toiletries and medicines which they may not find easily within the supermarkets inside the UNOCA Compound. Some degree of medical service is provided in all UNAMA duty stations. There is a UN clinic in UNAMA/UNOCA complex, and access is granted in Kabul to other private international clinics (when and if needed). Contact with and outreach to the local community is usually limited. As mentioned, many places are off-limits, and the choice of recreational facilities are very poor. For all these reasons, bring a stock of books, DVDs/VCDs, computer games, etc., is highly recommended. Summer in Afghanistan is hot and dry, but winter is the opposite – cold and wet. Therefore, both summer and winter clothing and comfortable boots with insulation are necessary. Afghanistan is a unique country and UNAMA is a unique UN mission. It requires more stamina, commitment, and flexibility than elsewhere to make life comfortable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in hazardous and harsh conditions involving physical hardship and little comfort is essential

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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