Finance Associate

UN Children's Fund, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th December, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Major Responsibilities and duties

  • Checks/verifies payment requests for services and supplies including staff entitlements (travel, overtime) and DCTs to the Government/NGOs in accordance with Project Plan of Actions
  • Prepare payment vouchers/deposit vouchers based on approved payment/cash requests and issues cheques/bank instructions.
  • Prepares form 149 with PVs/DVs and finalizes monthly closures of accounts in the system.
  • Responsible for reconciliation of Form 149 with bank statement.
  • Maintains liaisons with the official of local banks and financial institutions to obtain day to day information on exchange rates, changes in procedures/regulations and matter pertaining to office bank account.
  • Ensure submission of accurate and timely reporting to Nairobi, which include form 149, Form 156 and Form 153.
  • Responsible for submission of year-end reports, i.e. list of prepayments, deposits, cash certificates and OBOs.
  • Carries out review of liquidation documents according to UNICEF policies and procedures. Reports observations to concerned Project Officers and Chief of Field Office for improvement of quality of documentation.
  • Assists in review of internal accounting systems of UNICEF partners and recommends actions for improvements.
  • Maintains list of bank signatory panel and prepares requests for update/changes
  • Trains/briefs Zonal programme and Admin staff on UNICEF Financial Rules and Procedures and Internal Control Systems.

Review of Work

General supervision is provided by the Zonal Operations Officer. Incumbent is expected to be fully knowledgeable in the field of accounts and finance and is able to exercise judgment and initiative to establish work priorities, to follow up actions and to ensure accuracy of work.

  • EDUCATION: Completion of Higher Secondary Education. Higher Education/University level courses or a degree in accounting and finance preferred. Knowledge and use of computer software applications for word-processing and spreadsheets preparation are required.
  • WORK EXPERIENCE: Six years of general accounting clerical experience.

OTHER SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES (Indicate what other skills and attributes required, such as drafting ability, organizational or analytical skills.)

  • Good Judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, organization, negotiation skills.
  • Ability to conduct training
  • Proven knowledge of computer applications
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural organization

LANGUAGES: Fluency in English. Excellent writing skills for financial reports, instructions and other guidance to non-finance staff. Language of the duty station required.

COMPETENCIES (Indicate what key competencies are required, such as technical skills, communication skills, computer literacy, interpersonal skills, and supervisory skills.)

 Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

 Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [II]
  • Working with People [II]
  • Drive for Results [II]

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Analyzing [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Following instructions and Procedures [II]

Planning and Organizing [II]

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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