Finance Officer

UN Children's Fund, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st April, 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.

For every child, a good start and hope:

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:

The Finance Officer reports to the Finance Specialist for general direction and guidance. The Officer is responsible for providing support to the supervisors and colleagues in the CO by administering and executing a variety of professional and technical financial transactions and processes, applying theoretical skills and thorough knowledge of organizational goals, objectives, rules, regulations, policies and procedures to complete the tasks.

The Finance Officer when supervising support staff will be responsible for planning and guiding work in progress and for reviewing work completed by subordinate staff to verify accuracy and compliance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), UNICEF Financial Regulations and Rules, policies, procedures, guidelines and standards of accountability and ethics.

Key functions and accountabilities of the position (detailed job description attached): 

  • Provide technical and operational support in orientation of staff from the implementing partners of HSS2 GAVI Project on HACT policies, procedures and processes.
  • Provide technical and operational support to finance staff from the implementing partners of HSS2 GAVI Project on the application, interpretation and implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that sets out clearly the funds flow process from UNICEF through the implementing partners and to the sub-national level for cash transfers funded by GAVI grant.
  • Conduct/supervise spot checks on financial records of the implementing partners as per the HSS2 HACT assurance plan in compliance with HACT framework.
  • Review and supervise monitoring, analysis and reconciliation of financial transactions and accounting reports for accurate and current financial information related to GAVI grant.
  • Detail job description can be accessed here: Download File 108728 Finance Officer NOB-Advert.docx

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

  • A first level university degree in accounting, financial management or other related financial field is required. Supplemental formal financial / accounting training may be accepted if University degree is not in a related financial field. Diploma qualification in CIPFA is acceptable in lieu of relevant University degree, or its equivalent.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in financial management or audit is required. Experience in an international organization and/or large corporation is preferred. Experience in a UN system agency or organization some of which served in a developing country is an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel required.
  • Experience in database packages, web based management systems and ERP systems (preferably SAP financial modules) is an asset.
  • Experience with IPSAS and/or IFRS is an asset.
  • Working experience in applying UN HACT (Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers) Framework
  • Working experience in facilitation and providing trainings on financial management system
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


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