Finance Officer

UN Children's Fund, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 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.

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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

For every child, a fair chance:

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:

Under the supervision of Finance Manager, this position provides high quality supports to Afghanistan Office staff, regional, and headquarters levels, in the area of accounting control, recording, and reporting of assets, liabilities and income. Monitors the appropriate disbursements of funds and payment accounts in accordance with rules, regulations and established budgetary limits.


  • Fiduciary responsibility for funds and assets effectively secured and timely executed for optimum utilization by taking appropriate decision on all accounting and financial transactions, disbursement of funds, and administrative arrangements.
  • Compliance with all financial and operational systems and procedures effectively monitored and corrective measures taken as appropriate to ensure integrity in all financial transactions.
  • Ensure a timely and accurate financial and accounting reports submission to the office, regional office and headquarters
  • Provide technical advice and support to all staffs with an accurate and consistent interpretation and application of financial policy and procedures, and the implementation of those rules in all transaction at the country office.
  • Effective coordination, communication, collaboration established and maintained with internal and external partners for efficient operations, advisory function, vision and leadership, policy coordination, consultative and participatory management process, external representation as well as security and emergency operations.


Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

  • Fiduciary responsibility of funds and assets. Responsible in closely monitoring the cash balance of all accounts in the banks and other accounts. Supervise control against Petty Cash funds, disbursement, recording and accounting. Also ensures closing/liquidation of the accounts in timely manner. Responsible for the safekeeping of cash and cheques. Supervise control against Personal Advances Recoveries to ensure adherence to the prevailing rules and regulations. Also ensure recovery of local PAR in timely manner, and review processed payroll before confirmation to HQ. Ensuring that account receivable is closely monitored and deposited accordingly, and no prior year of entries are outstanding. Monitor cash flow projection from all programmes, supply, and operations and ensure liquidity, funds replenishment just when they are needed, hence end month of cash balances do not exceed two weeks of net forecast disbursements per month, therefore preparation and analyze of financial date for budget estimation should took place. Cash Optimization report should be uploaded on intranet by 7th of each month.
  • Compliance with all financial and operational systems and procedures. Supervise, review and check all transactions pertaining to office expenditures for compliance with UNICEF financial rules and regulations. Ensure the accuracy of recording the expenditures. Facilitate regular assessments of monthly accounts; ensure the quality assurance of the accounts for compliance with the existing UNICEF rules and regulations, which include reviewing payments before submission to Signatory Panel.
  • Timely accounting and financial reports. Ensure that monthly closure of accounts and ensure that reports are submitted to HQ by the fifth of the following month. Completion of all HQ requirements for End Year closure and ensure that documents are submitted on time. Provide feedback and ensure prompt responses to any queries rose by UNICEF NYHQ pertaining to finance and Accounts related issues. Update signatory panel in VISION as per staff movement.
  • Managing Knowledge and Information. Provide advice to all programme and operations staffs on the application and interpretation of UNICEF accounting and financial rules, regulations, procedures and policies, especially with the IPSAS and VISION Implementation. Undertake filed visit in supporting the assurance activity related to HACT Implementation and provide finance training. Coordinate the unit by setting performance standard and objectives.
  • Establish an effective coordination, communication, collaboration. Build relationship based on the information exchange and trust with others in the organization and outside the organization. Represent the office in meetings with local banks and administrative suppliers, negotiates locally issued contracts as well as in meetings with other UN agencies to coordinate operational matters and activities, including harmonization of the UN common system.

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

  • Education: University degree in accounting, business administration, economics or financial management is required. Membership - or enrolled for membership - of recognized professional accountancy body is considered as a strong asset.
  • Experience: At least two years of professional work experience in the field of Finance is required. Background/familiarity with UN and/or an international organization is considered as an advantage. Candidates with additional years of relevant professional work experience will be given due consideration.
  • Language: Fluency in English and local languages of the duty station (Dari and/or Pashto) is required.


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