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Senior Finance Associate – GS7

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose for the job

Under supervision of the Finance Officer, performs a variety of specialized tasks in routine finance and accountings functions for the respective section(s) requiring thorough knowledge of UNICEF finance procedures, processes and policies, as well as in support of programme activities relevant to Direct Cash Transfers

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Releases checks to recipient upon presentation of appropriate identification; assures that checks are signed for. Takes on PV/wire role in absence of colleague.

Provides finance/ accounting support in DCT activities. Participates in spot checks, training activities, and capacity building exercises for DCT partners as identified by micro and other assessments. Assures that the documentation is created relevant to these activities and assures that the information is held in the central filing system for NGO partners.

Responsible for initiating payment of vendors. Ensures accuracy and completeness of information required by GSSC, submit and follow up Finance requests to the GSSC. Communicates with the GSSC, if required, to provide additional or clarifying information. Monitors status of submitted Finance requests through completion. Follows up with the GSSC when a request is in progress and beyond SLA period.

Follow-up and record all cash receipts (DCT refund and reimbursement from staff) in Vision and ensure a good filing of Cash receipt vouchers with supporting documentation in accordance with organizational standards.

DCT and vendor analysis Process to the reconciliation HACT/FI.


Work on monthly and annual closure by process assigned schedules in SharePoint.

Maintains financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions and reports.

Prepares recurring reports as schedules and special reports, as required for budget preparation, audits or other reasons.

Advises and assists international staff, experts and consultants on all aspects of allowances, salary advances, travel claims and other financial matters, and calculates and authorizes payments due for claims and services.

Maintains liaisons with officials of local banks to obtain day-to-day information on exchange and interest rates, changes in procedures and regulations, and matters pertaining to maintenance of office bank accounts.  This includes prepares recurring reports and bank reconciliation.

Prepares detailed cost estimates, and participates in budget analysis and projects, as required.

Assists in the preparation of office operational budget & spending plan. Monitors expenditures and prepares section reports and spreadsheets. Prepares financial data for budget estimates/ planning. Prepares end of year closure statements with Obligations. Prepares end-of-year reports.

Performs other duties, as required.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Completion of secondary education supplemented by University degree in Finance/accounting or other disciplinary related to the work of the organization.

A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible general accounting clerical experience.

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel is an asset.

Experience in database packages, web based management systems and ERP systems (preferably SAP financial modules) is a strong asset.

Experience with IPSAS and/or IFRS is an asset.

Fluency in French and Arabic. Good working knowledge of English is required.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity



Core Competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing
  • Applying technical expertise
  • Planning and organizing
  • Following instructions and procedures

Candidate can apply online through

from the 24th February to the 09th March 2018

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.


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