Finance Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Copenhagen, Denmark

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

The SDGs commit all governments to comprehensive, integrated and universal transformations by 2030. Countries are required to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Without adequate and sustained investments in health, the SDGs will not be realised. One way of doing this is to influence the size, equity, efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of public spending at national and sub-national level. In UNICEF, this is done through the Public Finance for Children (PF4C) stream of work, which is central to UNICEF’s work globally. Many of the obstacles to improving child outcomes can be directly traced to public financial management (PFM) challenges, which makes it relevant to all programmatic pillars. Countries are at different stages in their trajectory towards self-financing sustainability and PFM obstacles often impact their ability to mobilize required resources and/or maximize investments for children and UNICEF is committed to influencing the mobilization, allocation and utilization of domestic public financial resources, for greater, more equitable and sustainable results for children. As financial sustainability is one of the cornerstones to achieve durable and efficient systems of public programmes, UNICEF engages with governments to influence the mobilization, allocation and utilization of domestic financial resources, for greater, more equitable results for children.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Coordinate day-to-day work as part of deliverables for UNICEF Supply Division's activities through the GAVI Business Plan (PEF), and other Development Partners
  • Plan and coordinate Country Missions to engage with Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance, including Donors  graduation missions.
  • Analytical work documenting commodity funding streams, budgets, nature of delay.
  • Assist with management of in-country consultancies examining financing trends.
  • Participation in partner forums and meetings.
  • Coordinate the normative and technical assistance work in the area of sustainable financing within the Division, and in collaboration with Programme Group, Regional Offices and Development Partners to strengthen capacity of local governments with the objective to support governments to increase and improve the use of public financial resources for children.
  • Undertakes and builds capacity of partners for improved forecasting and budgeting of essential supplies through direct support to countries.
  • Coordinate day-to-day work of consultancies commissioned for improved forecasting and budgeting of essential supplies Support work with Country Offices in developing commodity financing plans
  • Draft reports and reviews / recommendations of strategic options related to available supply financing interventions at the Country and Regional levels.
  • Leads analysis of existing UNICEF data (including procurement data) to track country spending through a child lens perspective.
  • Identifies and supports the collection of internal and external data related to health (and other intervention) financing from various sources.
  • Leads analysis of data related to country budgetary (and other) deployment, as well as budgeting spending efficiency. Develops tools to support the monitoring of financing sources and comparing to forecasts to identify issues and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns.
  • Coordinates engagement with other Supply Division units to assess anticipated budgetary flows.
  • Supports supervisor in the design and preparation of reports based upon original analysis for internal management and evidence-based decision making.
  • Leads preparation of periodic reports and summary analysis and document work papers relating to areas of responsibility.
  • Publishes work on financing to be circulated internally and also externally (including academic journals).
  • Technical specialist for Supply Financing-Related Analyses for Country Offices.
  • Coordinates engagement with Supply Division Business Units and UNICEF Regional and Country Offices to support increased UNICEF financing-related activities.
  • Coordinates engagement with UNICEF Regional and Country Offices on the development of Regional and country strategies.
  • Performs other ad hoc analysis and coordination in related areas as required, including with occasional influencing markets-type work (especially for strategic demand forecasting).

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


  • Masters Degree in Business, Finance, Public Finance, Public Policy Health Economics or Economics.
  • A first University degree in the above areas combined with additional two relevant years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in the area of health financing, public financial management, finance, accounting or auditing, including experience with support to Country Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance in the areas of sustainable financing, public financial management, financing or commercial issues relating to health products, and forecasting/trend analysis.
  • First hand experience with Public Finance Management issues is an asset.
  • Experience in budget analysis, health financing, public financial management or other financing mechanisms in key sectors for children such as immunization, nutrition, HIV, water and sanitation and education is highly desirable.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.