Finance Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Accounts and Finance

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. 
Leading outreach to existing and prospective financial supporters, including:  
  • Advancing a dedicated Giga financing vehicle for school connectivity; 
  • Articulating Giga’s unique vision to public and private sector partners; 
  • Building bespoke financial models and clearly explaining their outputs and implications. 
  • Finance Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement.
  • Giga seeks to deepen and operationalize relationships that have been cultivated at the multilateral, regional and national levels. 
Leading partnership and stakeholder engagement efforts by: 
  • Expanding and leveraging relationships with key stakeholders, including development banks and institutional investors, to advance connectivity projects, in coordination with UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division and Private Fundraising and Partnership Division; 
  • Designing and deploying joint financing mechanisms; 
  • Coordinate multi-stakeholder efforts to gather data, conduct economic and financial analysis, and assess the potential impact of connectivity investments; 
  • Supporting UNICEF country offices and corresponding directly with local authorities, as appropriate; 
  • Serving as a thought leader and finance expert within UNICEF and ITU. 
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • Master’s* degree in Business Administration, Political Science, Economics, Finance or related field.
  • *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in a financing/finance advisory role in, or to, emerging and developing countries 
  • Ability to perform project-level analysis and build financial models. 
  • Demonstrated strong skills in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Demonstrated strong writing and presentation skills in English. 
  • Ability to effectively work and coordinate in a multiple stakeholder environment, IFI experience preferred.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a rapidly changing work environment and adapt to unforeseen changes. 
  • Experience working in the intersection of development/donor organizations, public finance, and the commercial sector is an asset.  
  • Experience designing and developing business plans is an asset.
  • Experience in the telecommunication infrastructure sector is an asset. 
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
  • Experience in a UN system agency or organization, some of which served in a developing country, is considered an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.