Fixed Assets Accountant Job – UNOPS



Fixed Assets Accountant Job at UNOPS, Kenya

Vacancy code VA/2016/B5303/10580

Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Fixed Assets Accountant Job Functional Responsibilities

  • The purpose of this assignment is for the Fixed Assets Accountant to provide the accurate, timely and consistent, tracking, accountability and accounting of the costs, values and treatment over the whole life cycle of all Real Estate Assets – either Constructed Assets (CA) or Assets Under Construction (AUC) – acquired, constructed and controlled by UNSOS, following the UN Policy Framework for IPSAS, and IPSAS (especially, IPSAS 17).

Under the overall coordination of the Project Manager and in close collaboration with Project team engineers and draftsmen, the main responsibilities of the Fixed Assets Accountant are:

  • Collating input of all Real Estate Assets and preparing progress reports.
  • Preparing journal vouchers for recognising new AUCs, posting variances for existing AUC and CA meeting the $100,000 threshold and any assets requiring de-recognition/ impairment for posting in UMOJA.
  • Coordinating with UNSOS Finance Section in obtaining all asset reference numbers from UMOJA and updating the Centralized Real Estate Asset Database accordingly;
  • Reconciling monthly journal entry postings to the Trial Balance ensuring accuracy and closing out internal orders once the related AUC has been completed;
  • Maintaining the Centralized Real Estate Asset Database/ register synchronized with the Architectural and User Objects modules of UMOJA detailing all assets constructed by the Organization. Identifying gaps and providing suggestions for future improvements of the Centralized Real Estate Asset Database;
  • Preparing draft responses on audit observations and inquiries;
  • Complying IPSAS and UN Policy Framework for IPSAS accounting and reporting requirements and obligations.

The Fixed Assets Accountant will be based in Nairobi (Kenya) but is expected to travel frequently to Mogadishu (Somalia).

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Journal Vouchers prepared and variances posted;
  • Monthly journals reconciled;
  • Centralized Real Estate Asset Database/ register synchronized and updated;
  • All IPSAS and UN Policy Framework for IPSAS periodic obligations timely and accurately fulfilled.


  • Ability to work accurately, control quality and multitask.


  • Ability to work to meet tight schedules under stressful environment and multi cultural context.
  • Knowledge and capacity to manage project documentation to professional and accurate standards.
  • Flexibility and ability to quickly grasp complex structures.
  • Good team player attitude.
  • Ability to perform with professionalism, integrity and commitment to project demands.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Microsoft Office programs
  • Strive to build strong partnerships and effective coordination among relevant project actors (e.g. United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations or other relevant partners)

Skills Required

  • Accounting & Financial skills – IPSAS
  • Journal entries
  • General accounting


  • Post-conflict experience
  • Geographical exposure-Horn of Africa
  • International organisations experience
    Monitoring and control
  • UN experience is desired
  • Experience working in developing countries is desired
  • Knowledge of UN Financial Rules and Regulations

Education for Fixed Assets Accountant

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field e.g. Management, Accounting or Finance is required.
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field e.g. Management, Accounting, Finance or other relative discipline will be an added advantage.


  • At least two years of relevant experience is required;
  • Minimum one year of experience working with IPSAS required;
  • Experience working with UN or other Humanitarian/Development agencies is an advantage;
  • Experience working on infrastructure environments in conflict/disaster-prone areas preferred;
  • Previous experiences in developing countries and knowledge of Somalia is an added advantage;


  • Accounting certification is an asset


  • Excellent command of English both verbally and in writing required.


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