Finance Specialist, P-3, FRGM, DFAM, New York HQ, #116899


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, hope…

The incumbent is responsible for providing guidance and support to Global Shared Services Center (GSSC), and Public Partnerships Division (PPD) colleagues with processing of contributions, special accounts and other funding arrangements in adherence with UNICEF Financial Regulations and Rules, policies and directives. Assist immediate supervisor and Chief of Grants Management Unit (GMU) in the review of work processes towards introducing efficiencies, review of complex agreements, liaison with Financial Reporting Unit (FRU) on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) compliance, drafting of policies and procedures applicable to the area of financial resources, guidelines and training material. Analyze receivables for designated donors/customers and verify correctness of application of receipts.

How can you make a difference?

Key functions of this positions include:

Perform a variety of analytical and reconciliation tasks:

• Review refund, re-programming and write-down Note for the Records (NFRs) for accuracy and completeness and coordinate approvals.

• Manage analysis on overspent grants and accounts receivable. Ensure ageing receivables that will not be collected are promptly written-down.

Ensure timely follow ups with offices for status of disbursement requests.

• Act as Grants Management (GM) team focal point for liaison with FRU on accounting issues and IPSAS compliance of revenue recognition and

receivable transactions.

• Review periodically contingency assets recorded in VISION to ensure accuracy of interpretation.

• Provide technical advice and guidance to country offices and HQ staff based on UNICEF policies and procedures

• Manage and track write-off cases, provide guidance to offices and prepare write-off requests for Comptroller’s approval.

• Manage quarterly US collection, including analysis of amounts to be collected, requests in the US payment system and reconciliations. Work with donor counterparts and GSSC processors to ensure payments are received.

• Support the review of revenue/receivables issues and prepare proposals for correct accounting entries and/or corrections required. Propose solutions for issues related to classification, valuation, codification and recoding of accounting entries.

• Review UN levy received entries and create UN levy payables.

• Take corrective action in the system as required.

• Manage year-end processing required from DFAM side.

• Testing of system updates and improvements.

Prepare periodic and ad hoc management and information reports, concerning revenue, special accounts, accounts receivables and liaise with UNICEF offices, Divisions and other DFAM units on issues requiring their support and/or clarification.

• Trust accounts reconciliation analysis; Contributions in Kind (CIK) tracking file and cost recovery analysis for expensing; Impairment reports; Year-end schedules;  Provide support with revenue and receivables reporting in quarterly financial packs;  Audit support in addition to Ad hoc reports as required


• Communicate the results of the review and reconciliation activities to supervisor; other HQ divisions and/or country or regional offices.

• Assist in drafting of policies and procedures applicable to the area of financial resources management, guidelines, work processes and training materials.

• Follow up on unresolved issues in a timely manner.

Other assignments at the request of the supervisor and/or the Chief Grants Management. Back up of alternate Finance Specialist in the unit.

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

  • An advanced (Masters) university* degree in Business Administration, Financial Management or related field, including a valid professional certification in Professional Accounting or Auditing Qualification (such as Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant or equivalent). Preference will be given to holders of Professional Accounting qualifications or equivalent.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience, at the national and international levels, in the area of finance and accounting is required.
  • * A bachelor degree in a relevant field may be considered exceptionally in lieu of the advanced degree if the applicant holds a valid professional certification in Professional Accounting or Auditing Qualification (such as Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant or equivalent) plus 3 years of additional work experience in addition to the minimum 5 years stated above.
  • Experience working with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is highly desirable.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is considered  an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). To view our competency framework, please visit here.  Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.  The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

▪ Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

▪ Works Collaboratively with others (1)

▪ Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

▪ Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

▪ Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

▪ Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

▪ Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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 HQs is currently undergoing organizational changes; therefore, the current approved location of NYHQ may be subject to change depending on the outcome of the change initiative. The successful selected candidate may be asked to relocate from New York to the new approved location in 2023.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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