Accounts Assistant, GS-5, Temporary Appointment (364 days), Procurement Services Accounting Unit, Financial Management Center, UNICEF Supply Division

  • Contract
  • Denmark

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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a Sustainable Future

This position is placed in the Procurement Services Accounting Unit (PSAU) of the Financial Management Centre in UNICEF’s Supply Division. PSAU is responsible for performing accounting, financial management and reporting on funds received for procurement services from governments, other organizations in the United Nations system, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Summary of key functions and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Accounting Officer, performs accounting functions in one of the following three functional areas, which may require some distinct processing requirements: 1) Procurement Services Accounting Unit (PSAU), 2) Procurement Services (PS)  for the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI), and 3) Accounts and Invoice Certification Unit (Accounts).

  • Performs financial accounting and analysis for the Unit. Processes, reviews and analyzes the FLS transactions and payments and account balances for area of responsibility, and identifies and initiates required adjustments.
  • Creates, reviews and maintains master data in FLS relating to areas of responsibility. Establishes budget planning limitations in FLS and prepares budget revisions.  Monitors project accounts to ensure compliance with financial limitations.
  • Prepares financial reports for internal management and external donors and other third parties. Prepares exception and/or periodic reports, statements, schedules summaries analysis.  Prepares documentation and work papers relating to areas of responsibility.
  • Maintains data in Excel spreadsheets and Access databases to support the monitoring of special projects.
  • Monitors and ensures systems and reports comply with UNICEF’s Financial Rules and Regulations, and third-party requirements.
  • Identify and recommend system and process improvements identified during performance of duties and responsibilities.
  • Performs other ad hoc tasks in related areas as required and provide back up support to colleagues within the respective unit.

To qualify as a Champion for every Child you will have…


  • Valid work permit and residency in Denmark at the time of submitting the application. Note that the selected candidate is responsible for obtaining any required extension of their residency permit as an extension cannot be dependent on an employment with UNICEF.
  • Secondary education and commercial courses in accounting and/or finance is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of general and successful accounting experience, preferably in an international / governmental (non-profit) organization in a highly computerized environment is required.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting application systems and procedures and IT software, e.g. Microsoft Office is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset


  • University level courses in accounting/finance, economics, business administration
  • UN working experience
  • Experience in the areas of project accounting
  • Knowledge and experience in SAP

To qualify as a Champion for every Child, you will demonstrate:

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and below core competencies.

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please click here:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


The closing date is 11 August, 2021.  Please be informed that all applications to UNICEF are handled via UNICEF’s online recruiting system. You can apply to the above position by creating your profile, and application at our web site:  Kindly note that all applications should be in English and that applications outside of the online recruiting system will not be accepted. Kindly also note that diversity and gender balance are factors in the selection process.  Queries can be directed to Josphine Michino at [email protected]


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