Finance Officer

UN Children's Fund, Mali

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th April, 2019

Job Description

Since September 2015, Mali has received funding from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, amounting to 20,160,000 Dollars to help strengthen the health and vaccination system over the 2016/2020 period.

A first amount of US $ 8.640 million, corresponding to the first two years of Gavi's support, was disbursed under the tripartite agreement signed with UNICEF in January 2016; covering the period from January 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Similarly, Mali benefited from the flexibilities granted by the High Level Panel for the Review in September 2015, on an exceptional basis, for the reallocation of the remainder of the Strengthening of the Health System (RSS1) amounting to 1.935.000 US Dollars, to strengthen cold chain capacity and equipment maintenance, including the construction and equipment of the central vaccine repository.

A second amount of US $ 3,840,000, corresponding to the third year of Gavi's support, was disbursed in September 2018.

Two grants were also awarded in Mali for which MOUs were signed: introduction in the routine EPI of the second dose of Measles Vaccine (VAR2) planned for 2019 (US $ 682,082) and the vaccination follow-up campaign against measles scheduled for April / May 2019 (US $ 2,401,642).

With reference to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) signed between the Global Alliance for Immunization (GAVI), UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, an additional fund management mechanism GAVI by UNICEF was set up to ensure better legibility and traceability of funds transfers from different GAVI grants, the efficient use and the correct justification of the resources made available to the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene.

This additional GAVI fund management mechanism by UNICEF provides for the strengthening of the capacity of the financial management team of the General Directorate of Health (DGS) by a Finance Specialist Consultant who will also liaise between the DGS of the Ministry of Health and Health and Public Hygiene (MSHP) and the UNICEF team in charge of Harmonized Funds Transfer Transfers (HACT) to partners.

Objectives of HACT technical assistance:

Support the MSHP to improve the planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and quality assurance activities of the financial implementation of immunization projects including Gavi funding.

Tasks & Responsibilities of Temporary Technical Support:

  • Under the general coordination of the DGS and the direct technical supervision of the Senior Accountant Accountant of the DGS, the Consultant will be based at DGS and will be responsible for supporting the technical accounting team in the planning, implementation, implementation and management of the project. monitoring and evaluation of all HACT related activities with a particular focus on immunization funding including Gavi grants. The Consultant will more specifically perform the following tasks:

In connection with planning:

  • Support the DGS in developing quarterly program work plans, particularly Immunization and Nutrition;
  • Support the DGS in the development / finalization of quarterly program funding requests, particularly for immunization, nutrition and other MSHP programs for children;
  • Support the exercise of budget forecasts for the DGS programs, particularly immunization, nutrition and other MSHP programs for children;

In relation to the implementation:

  • Regularly update a dashboard on the status of funding, especially those related to immunization and Gavi grants;
  • Identify risks and implement mitigation strategies to accelerate the implementation and efficient use of the DGS resources, especially those related to immunization and Gavi grants;

In relation to the follow-up:

  • Centralize, compile and monitor the status of DGS funding / disbursements, especially those related to immunization and Gavi grants;
  • Support the UNICEF office HACT team in carrying out all insurance activities related to the implementation of GAVI grants managed by the UNICEF Mali Office (micro evaluations, spot checks, audits of accounts, program visits, training on the HACT process) to Mali's governmental and non-governmental implementing partners for immunization. This task will be done in close consultation with the Survival Section.
  • Support the preparation of brief semiannual budget statements and financial reports covering all GAVI grants and indicating amounts received and justified during the period for each structure (central and decentralized) external to UNICEF
  • Support preparation by the immunization section of the Ministry of Health of a semi-annual update of the fixed assets register (identifying those funded by GAVI) and sending to GAVI an email describing the result of this update. day.
  • Be the focal point for the conduct of Audits and assurance activities (audit, spot check, program visits) according to the GAVI Grant Assurance Business Plan.
  • Monitor, in close collaboration with the UNICEF HACT team, the implementation of the recommendations from the various evaluations related to the HACT framework (audits, spot checks, program visits, micro-evaluations and other types of evaluations).
  • Support training of implementing partners on HACT and PCA / SSFA management.
  • Provide any other support required for the successful implementation of other health and nutrition programs within the DGS.
  • Work closely with the UNICEF finance team.

Minimum Qualifications Required for the Consultant:

Education: University degree (Bachelor's degree at least) in management, accounting, economics, business administration or any other relevant field deemed equivalent.


  • At least 5 years of professional experience at the national level in the areas of management, accounting, finance or auditing;
  • Previous work experience with a United Nations System (UN) agency in the field would be an asset;
  • Have a good knowledge of the accounting and financial management procedures of the UNS organizations;
  • Have a good knowledge of the working environment of government structures and civil society organizations

Language: Proficiency in French and practical knowledge of English.


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