Financial Assistant
JOB TITLE: Financial Assistant
EMPLOYER: Council of Europe DUTY STATION: Azerbaijan
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-10 LAST UPDATED: 2020-03-10 DEADLINE: 2020-04-09

Financial Assistant
(Grade B3)

Council of Europe Office
Location: Baku

Job mission

Under the authority of the Head of Office, the Financial Assistant carries out multiple administrative and technical tasks in the financial field, provides financial management advice and ensures accurate and reliable budget and accounting records, statements and reports in compliance with the Organisation's financial regulations and deadlines.

Employment is offered on an annual basis, with the possibility of renewal.

Key activities

The Financial Assistant performs the following key duties in accordance with the Organisation’s procedures, guidelines and priorities, with a concern for quality, efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality:
- ensures that all financial transactions of the Office are carried out in accordance with Council of Europe financial regulations, rules and procedures;
- advises and assists in financial, administrative and budgetary matters;
- prepares records and processes financial transactions, including in particular, input of requisitions and purchase orders into the financial management informations system (FIMS) and their finalisation;
- verifies and controls invoices before settlement;
- ensures regular follow-up of budget execution and prepares monthly reports of budget situation for information and validation by the relevant cost centre managers;
- provides accurate financial information; draws immediate attention to discrepancies and irregularities;
- follows up work or activities in progress and reports to the supervisor, especially when problems occur;
- liaises with officials of local banks and financial institutions to obtain information on exchange and interest rates, changes in procedures and regulations for office bank accounts;
- prepares regular management accounting reports and statements and transmits them to headquarters;
- archives relevant supporting documents of all financial transactions;
- carries out customs and tax exemption and VAT reimbursement procedures;
- provides logistical support to the Office (requisitioning of supplies from headquarters, local purchases, issuing of supplies, preparing purchase orders and tender procedures);
- provides assistance and performs reception duties, receiving visitors and phone calls in the absence of the Office Assistant;
- contributes to the efficient functioning of the office, in collaboration with the Head of Office and the Deputy Head of Office;
- promotes Council of Europe values internally and externally.

Please note that the incumbent may be required to perform other duties not listed in the vacancy notice.

Eligibility criteria

This local recruitment procedure is open to applicants already present in Azerbaijan.
Only applicants who best meet the following criteria will be considered for shortlisting.


› Completed full course of general secondary education, followed by a post-secondary diploma corresponding to a minimum of two years studies in accountancy, finance, economics or management.


› At least three years’ relevant professional experience in financial management, administrative management or management accounting; experience in preparing accounting or finance reports;
› Proven experience of carrying out corresponding duties.

Language requirements:

› Excellent knowledge of Azerbaijani (mother tongue level);
› Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English);
› Knowledge of French would be an advantage.


› Nationality of host country or one of the 47 Council of Europe member states.


› Under 65 years of age at the closing date of the vacancy notice.

Employee Core Values

Council of Europe staff members adhere to the values Professionalism, Integrity and Respect.



› Professional and technical expertise:
- good knowledge of accounting techniques preferably of suppliers accounting and knowledge and experience in the relevant regulations and practices in force;
- sound and proven experience in dealing with financial management;
- experience in administrative duties;
- ability to work under pressure, deal with multiple tasks and respect deadlines;
- ICT skills: sound computer skills and proven experience of specific financial management software (e.g. Oracle) and knowledge of standard tools in office applications (word processing, spreadsheet, data bases, presentation software, Outlook).
› Teamwork and co-operation
› Planning and work organisation
› Analysis and problem solving
› Concern for quality
› Results orientation
› Negotiation
› Service orientation


› Professional and technical expertise:
- experience of working in an international environment.
› Organisational and contextual awareness
› Communication
› Learning and development

For more information, please refer to the Competency Framework of the Council of Europe.


Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe on-line application system. By connecting to our website you can create and submit your on-line application. Applications must be submitted at the latest 18/03/2020 (midnight French time).

Any false statements knowingly made by applicants in their application for employment or at the time of their engagement will result in the termination of their employment by the Council of Europe.

Applications will be examined with regard to the requirements of this vacancy and applicants will be informed in due course of the outcome of your application. This may take some time after the closing date. Preselected candidates may be invited to take written tests before an interview. Written tests may be eliminatory.

In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Council of Europe, the compulsory retirement age is 65. We cannot therefore accept applications from persons over this age.

The conditions of recruitment and employment which apply are contained in Rule No. 1234 of 15 December 2005 laying down the conditions of recruitment and employment of locally recruited temporary staff members working in Council of Europe Duty Stations located outside of France apply (Link to Rule 1234).

The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

During the different stages of the recruitment procedure, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.

The Organisation

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading organisation in the protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. It was founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members and now includes 47 member states, all having signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.

By Statute, the Council of Europe has two constituent organs: the Committee of Ministers, composed of the member states’ Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Assembly, comprising delegations from the national parliaments. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe represents the entities of local and regional self-government within the member states. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Council of Europe mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states.

The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial body which oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned.

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