Consultant to support transition of financial data, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), June 2022 – February 2023 / 120 days, Home-based, REQ#551208


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, Education

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global movement and fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. It was established in 2016 during the World Humanitarian Summit by international humanitarian and development aid organisations, along with public and private donors, to help reposition education as a priority on the humanitarian agenda, usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground and foster additional funding to ensure that every crisis-affected child and young person is in school and learning.

Education Cannot Wait is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure.

The consultant will be reporting directly to the Chief, Finance and Operations.

How can you make a difference?

To date, ECW has mobilised 1.1Bn USD and made disbursements to some 350 grant agreements in over 40 countries. As a hosted fund, ECW can draw on UNICEFs financial management system as the backbone for financial registrations. To meet the wider constituency’s request for insight into ECW financial data, the UNICEF data has so far been modelled in Excel sheets. However, as the number of the grants and complexity of financial allocations continue to increase, ECW is in transition to a SharePoint based system which structure the administration of data in a way that allows for greater volume, sharing of tasks and ensuring that data can be integrated into the ECW webpage.

To support the transition to a SharePoint based financial data system, ECW Finance and Operations Section is in search of a consultant who would assist in transitioning financial data to the SharePoint system, establishing automated workflows for data entry and file organization, ensure adequate and precise description of workflows and inform the development of dashboards and presentation pages. The consultant will also support in entering and cleaning data, organizing files and answering specific requests related to ECW financial data.


  • Support transition of ECW financial data to the SharePoint based Financial Database
    • In accordance with established workflow, enter data in SharePoint forms and, via Power Automate, ensures that data is appropriately approved, and documentation stored
    • Quality assure data before entry and establish dashboards to assist in quality assurance.
  • Visualization and documentation of workflows and procedures
    • The overall workflow should be visualized and documented with precise step-by-step descriptions
  • Collate advise and guide on development of dashboards and presentation windows
    • Review existing financial reports shared with the ECW constituency
    • Collect input from staff members on what is needed to publish in the form of dash boards or reports, both for internal and external use
    • Present suggestions for integration into the ECW webpage
  • Expanding the use of the ECW Financial template
    • Support Grantees and ECW staff as required in understanding and navigation the financial template.
    • Review incoming requests and consult with colleagues as needed.
  • Retrieving data and support the expansion of strategic management information
    • As needed, retrieve data from the Finance Database, respond to inquiries and establish pivot tables that respond to inquiries.
    • Input to requests regarding management information needs

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: international development, international relations, social sciences, gender/women studies, social work, business or public administration, government, public policy, or other related fields
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: international development, international relations, social sciences, gender/women studies, social work, business or public administration, government, public policy, or other related fields
  • Profound knowledge and highly skilled experience in Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft List, SharePoint, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Forms in addition to Microsoft Word and Excel as well as Adobe Acrobat.
  • A minimum of three years of entry-level professional experience in data management, programme management and archiving in the non-governmental or private sector. Prior experience in UNICEF or similar organisations is highly desirable.
  • Inter-personal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with internal and external parties in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated analytical planning, organizational and skills.
  • Advanced communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey concepts and recommendations to stakeholder representatives, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise style.
  • Availability to travel to Geneva or New York is required
  • 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…

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

  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (1)
  • Inovates and embraces change (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit 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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.


How to Apply:

  • Applications should be submitted via UNICEF jobs website by 31 May 2022
  • Applications must include: cover letter, CV and indicate your ability, experience, availability and monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.
  • Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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