Finance Manager

UNOPS, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th November, 2019

Job Description

Background Information

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

RBM Partnership to End Malaria

  • The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. It mobilises for action and resources and forges consensus among Partners. It was launched in 1998 by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank in an effort to provide a coordinated global response to the disease.
  • RBM's strength lies in its ability to form effective partnerships both globally and nationally. Partners work together to scale up malaria-control efforts at country level, coordinating their activities to avoid duplication and fragmentation, and to ensure optimal use of resources. RBM's overall strategy aims to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage and strengthening health systems.
  • RBM's Vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria.
  • The RBM Partnership Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Geneva, Switzerland.this text to be replaced Functional Responsibilities
  • Under the direct supervision of the CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the Finance Manager acts as an advisor to RBM Senior Management on all aspects of financial management. This includes strategic financial resources management, within UNOPs rules and regulations. S/he leads the financial management ensuring financial integrity of the RBM Partnership’s operations, supports in the designs, implements and oversees financial management practices within RBM, and improving practices and services of RBM.

Systems Development:

  • Actively participate in the development of a financial accounting and reporting system to facilitate and improve financial management, enhanced financial oversight and transparency, and allow for systematic analysis of expenditure against results.
  • Coordinate financial systems and tools development in such a way that the information can be integrated with UNOPS financial management systems if needed.
  • Develop financial reporting formats in such a way that the information is readily available to all stakeholders and can be analysed for presentation to difernet audiencies.
  • Support the RBM Secretariat in the review of financial information relating to contract and grants management.
  • Carry out financial monitoring and oversight for implementating partners in the field.
  • Conduct and supervise compliance reviews of grant disbursements, in particular liaising with RBM colleagues to ensure quality of disbursement documentation.
  • Work with RBM colleagues, UNOPS auditors or other external bodies in the conduct of special assignments.

Financial Management:

  • Liaise with UNOPS to ensure accurate financial information is entered into the system.
  • Coordinate the development of financial elements of the RBM workplan and budget.
  • Suport the RBM Secretariat in the preparation of RBM reports.
  • Act as the focal point on finance management matters in RBM cross-cutting activities.
  • Prepare and present monthly financial reports to the CEO, including budget variance analysis and analysis of commitments aginst income using data from UNOPS systems.
  • Provide financial analysis to support the CEO to make appropriate programmatic and financial decisions that will lead to the attainment of objectives set out in the RBM workplan and budget.
  • Proper management and accounting for contributions to ensure that funds due to UNOPS are properly identified, consistently and uniformly classified, recorded on a timely basis and received with sufficient supporting documentation.
  • Support in the tracking of all advances covering operational advances, petty cash, value added tax, pre-payments, advance financing etc ensuring timely reconciliation and settlement backed with complete supporting documenation.

Financial Reporting:

  • Work with UNOPS finance to prepare quarterly financial reports for the Board and Finance Committee including budget variance analysis.
  • Work with UNOPS finance team to prepare quarterly accrual reports for USAID
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly cashflow forecasts as required by UNOPS.
  • Provide inputs for preparation of cashflow forecast UNOPS for the USAID draw downs.Provide support to the RBM Board Finance, Risk and Audit Committee in finance, risk, and audit matters.
  • Ensure financial activities, reporting and audit follow up comply with UN/UNOPS policies. Act as focal point for internal and external audits including for implementing partners.
  • Coordinates the implementation and closure of audit findings and recommendations with senior management, UNOPS Geneva and implementing partners.

Financial Advisory Function:

  • Elaboration and implementation of cost saving and reduction strategies.
  • Support the CEO, Board Leadership, and Advocacy Resource Mobilization Partner Committee (ARMPC) with the development of budgets for funding proposals as directed.
  • Advice to CEO on strategic financial resources management
  • Implementation of the effective internal control, proper design and functioning of the financial resources management system.
  • Provide oversight and ensure compliance with existing policies and best practices.
  • Organize, facilitate and/or deliver training and learning initiatives for personnel on finance related topics.


CPA or Advanced Degree or equivalent in Business Management, Business Administration or related fields is required.
A first-level university degree, in combination with over nine years’ qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree required.


  • Minimum of seven years of professional-level experience in financial management services covering budget and accounting with responsibility for budget management, project accounting and preparation of financial statements in an international organization is required.
  • Field experience – especially in Africa or Asia, for at least 3 years – is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UN / UNOPS financial rules and regulations is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of ERP (particularly Agresso) is an asset.
  • Experience with MS Office 2003/or newer versions, and financial management, using electronic systems, environment are desired.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of French is an asset.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset.
  • Functional competencies


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