Finance Officer

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th February, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.For every child, health ..

The world has made remarkable progress against polio in the last three decades, with cases falling by more than 99% since 1988, when the global effort to eradicate polio was launched. The virus is now only found in some of the most difficult-to-reach regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is important to acknowledge the challenges that remain, while emphasizing the tremendous progress made in all polio-free countries and the real opportunity to eradicate polio in the coming months and ensure that every child is able to live a polio-free life.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the Senior Resource Mobilization Advisor and supervised by the Immunization Specialist (Finance), the incumbent will provide routine and ad hoc updates on the financial health of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) through the preparation of high quality and timely reports, close monitoring of country workplans and budgets and analysis of implementation based on feedback from country offices and data from UNICEF’s VISION database and other sources. The incumbent will work closely with all members of the Global polio team at UNICEF NY Headquarters, Division of Financial and Administrative Management (DFAM), Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Private Fundraising and Partnership (PFP), as well as GPEI partners, to compile and develop reports to share with UNICEF and GPEI senior management to support the achievement of strategic and organizational goals.

Summary of the key functions/accountabilities:

  • Work with country and regional offices to develop biannual workplans and associated budgets.
  • Implement, and establish where needed, procedures for financial comparative analyses of workplans, budgets and implementation rates.
  • Monitor relevant country offices’ budgets and expenditures based on feedback from CO and data reflected in VISION and/or other sources for increased financial transparency.
  • Develop detailed budget and forecast models on donor contributions, incorporating financial gap and cash flow analyses, to drive quality decision-making.
  • Support country and regional offices to improve grants management.
  • Develop tailored donor reports, liaising with country and regional offices, and provide quality assurance of all input.
  • Proactively identify and investigate issues that may arise and take corrective actions required to ensure accurate reporting and timely disbursement of funds
  • Propose new streamlined systems and contribute to the development of functional reporting specifications and testing of developed reports with the focus on simplification and improved transparency and communication.
  • Liaise with counterparts internally and externally to identify and support analyses and reporting in over 45 countries.
  • Develop presentations of complex analyses with clear, cohesive narrative and present data in a simple and clear manner to senior management.
  • Provide technical assistance to country offices and HQ staff to increase capacity and understanding of system and reporting requirements.
  • Provide periodic operational support to country and regional offices (for example, for year-end closure activities) and other back up support functions to support the smooth day-to-day operational performance of the team.

To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) inAccounting and/or Business Administration isrequired. A higher qualification will be an added advantage with a preference for numerical discipline.
  • A minimum of two (2)yearsof relevant professional experience inmanaging donor funded projects and financial management or related field.Experience with complex computerized financial systems and with finance modules of enterprise planning software (ERP) such as sun system, SAP as well as Microsoft office application.Experience with application of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is desirable.
  • Familiarity in working with international organizations is desirable.
  • Demonstrable problem solving, quantitative and analytical skills; strategic and creative thinking.
  • History of effective multi-tasking, expectation setting, escalation of issues, where appropriate.
  • Strong organizational, planning and coordination skills. Exceptional project management skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to articulate and present ideas both in written presentation and orally to senior management as well as external audience.
  • Able to work effectively under pressure and in a rapidly changing environment to meet deadlines.
  • Professional, positive demeanor with collaborative, team and service oriented attitude.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


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