Finance Associate

United Nations Children's Fund

Caracas, Venezuela

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Advise and assist on all aspects related to preparation of reports, compilation of data and answering queries on pledges recorded, funds received, adjustments made to ensure financial compliance, accuracy and completeness of data for its inclusion into statement of accounts and adjustment of budgets. Advise units of discrepancies and assist to resolve differences in their records.

  • Maintains financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions and reports.
  • Selects and enters data from a wide variety of documents, verifying and ensuring accuracy by checking sources, making necessary calculations and assuring inclusion of all relevant data.
  • Prepares recurring reports as schedules and special reports, as required for budget preparation, audits or other reasons.
  • Close year-end account and assist in the preparation of year-end reports related to accounts receivable, accounts payable, prepayment, deposits, NEP and leave balances, etc.
  • Advises and assists international staff, experts and consultants on all aspects of allowances, salary advances, travel claims and other financial matters, and calculates and authorizes payments due for claims and services. 
  • Initiates correspondence to verify data, answers queries and obtains additional information on accounts and financial transactions, as required. 
  • Maintains liaisons with officials of local banks to obtain day-to-day information on exchange and interest rates, changes in procedures and regulations, and matters pertaining to maintenance of office bank accounts.  This includes prepares recurring reports and bank reconciliation.
  • Prepares detailed cost estimates, and participates in budget analysis and projects, as required. 
  • Performs other duties, as required. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Completion of secondary education is required with professional/university level courses in Accounting and Finance/Business administration considered as an asset. For this position, a bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution in a relevant field may replace three years of related work experience. A master’s degree may replace additional two years (in addition to the three years from above, totaling 5 years).
  • Work Experience:  A minimum of six years of clerical experience in the area of finance and accounting is required. 
  • Language Requirements:  Fluency in Spanish is required and working knowledge in English is an asset. Another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian) is an asset. 

Source: https://jobs.unicef.org/en-us/job/571004/finance-associate-gs6-caracas-venezuela-072416