Finance Manager

UN Children's Fund , New York, United States

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th May, 2019

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.

For every child, hope

To achieve better results for children, in a more efficient and effective way, UNICEF has recently initiated the mainstreaming and scale up of the humanitarian cash transfer modality across the organization. The Division of Financial and Administrative Management (DFAM) is playing a key role in adjusting UNICEF business model to support the development and implementation of humanitarian cash transfers delivery at Headquarter, Regional and Country office level.

How can you make a difference?

The key functions of this post are:

Technical support and quality assurance to Regional and Country offices

  • Technically review and advise on the modalities used by UNICEF offices to engage with financial service providers (e.g., banks, mobile network operators, other digital payments).Â
  • Undertake market feasibility studies to assess the state of and potential for the provision of digital financial services in selected countries, and advise operational/financial decisions on cash programming accordingly.
  • Work with TSFS Banking Unit, Supply Division and legal teams to identify and engage payment providers.
  • Identify and assess operational risks associated with payment systems and assist in the management of such risks.
  • Undertake surge response field missions (up to 6 weeks) to provide technical support and guidance to Country offices in their assessment, selection of and negotiations with Financial Service Providers (FSP), including preparedness for country/region mission as needed.

Development and mainstreaming of operation SoPs, guidance and tools

  • Develop/Contribute to the finalization of policy, SoPs and DFAM tools relating to cash transfer programming, their roll out, and regular updates.
  • Regularly update/strengthen DFAM tools by sharing field data and insights collected during field missions, and regularly reporting on cash programme activities.
  • Undertake the testing of the tools developed.
  • In close collaboration with the EMOPS HCT coordinator, contribute to the development, testing and rolling out of training and communication materials, operational concept notes, and guidelines including collecting and consolidating field inputs.

Global and HQ related tasks

  • Represent UNICEF in interagency forums, including in the UN interagency finance and procurement working group.
  • Contribute to the global UNICEF risk management strategy, with a specific focus on the identification and implementation of good practices to support HCT risk mitigation measures related to payment service providers, and the end to end risk management of HCTs.
  • Strong focus on innovation and use of technology, to identify opportunities for new technology partnerships for payment to beneficiaries at country level, and technology tools to enhance transparency, reporting and risk mitigation, with a specific focus on the scale up of digital payment solutions.
  • In close collaboration with the EMOPS HCT team, document field experience including new models of implementation, programmatic approach, joint programme, and inter-agency coordination efforts.

Additional tasks

  • Debrief on field missions internally and externally as required.
  • Stay up-to-date: with latest developments and HCT trends and technologies and maintain regular interaction with other members of the HQ cash team, to remain constantly updated on the latest key developments.
  • In close collaboration with the EMOPS HCT coordinator, contribute to the implementation of the HQ HCT 2019-2020 inter division workplan: this will include provision of technical contributions to the EMOPS/HPS lead activities, as well as provision of technical support to other HQ division deliverables.
  • Take part on and influence headquarters internal and external discussions on humanitarian cash programming.
  • Collaborate with other UNICEF surge mechanisms to ensure complementarity and to share learning in order to enhance the effectiveness of emergency deployments.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

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


  • An advanced university degree (Master's), preferably in Business Administration, Finance or Economics.*
  • A relevant first level university degree (Bachelor’s), in combination with ten (10) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of eight (8) years of responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in the area of operations, finance, accounting and/or auditing is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of work experience in providing direct operational assistance to UN Agencies, NGOs, governments is required.
  • Basic expertise in data analysis and information management is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the use of cash in emergencies is required.
  • Experience/Exposure to humanitarian cash based programming is highly desirable.
  • Experience with digital payments and new technologies is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner.
  • Experience in emergency programme implementation is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF's programmes in emergency contexts preferred is considered an asset.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder co-ordination and facilitation, including with UN agencies is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UNICEF operational business model: HACT, PCA (Programme Cooperation Agreement), SSA (Special Service Agreement), Risk Informed Programming is highly desirable.

Technical requirements:

Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  • Extent and relevance of experience in digital payment systems including mobile-based money transfers, mobile vouchers, card-based payments, such as prepaid debit cards, and/or other digital technologies;
  • Solid knowledge of policies and regulations governing digital financial services as well as global and regional best practices in the field;
  • Knowledge of the global diverse perspective on cash-based programming in humanitarian settings
  • First-hand knowledge and understanding of cash-based design options
  • Global Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming

Common Technical Knowledge Required

  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of operational aspects of programme delivery with strong demonstrable skills in finance and logistics process and procedures
  • Ability to assess all operational aspects of cash programming as per standard operating procedures and evaluation methods. High degree of financial systems essential.
  • Understanding and experience in the use of technology for cash programming
  • Excellent analytical, organization, communication and management skills. Must be detail oriented with the ability to multi-task;
  • Knowledge of the UNICEF operational business model: HACT, PCA, SSA, Risk-Informed Programming
  • Emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines

Language: Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of use in humanitarian operations and knowledge of another UN language is considered an asset. French is highly desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

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


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