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, Care.
How can you make a difference?
The Finance Assistant will be responsible for providing a variety of tasks in finance functions, ensuring accurate and timely delivery that is following UNICEF financial rules and regulations, whilst demonstrating the capacity to research, adapt and evaluate irregular cases, and to recommend improvements to process delivery and design.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
-Cash and bank management
-Support to financial control
-Compliance to bank requirements
-DCT liquidation refund
-Financial records management
-General bank-related assistance
Maintains financial records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data for day-to-day transactions and reports. Updates data base system on files management. Retains and disposes financial records in accordance with UNICEF’s retention policy on financial documents
Prepare recurring reports on assigned accounts. Calculate and compile cost estimates and projected budget requirements and assists in preparation of budget statements for area of assignment.
Reviews travel-related invoices and initiates the payment process. Monitors house bank GL daily for payments for manual processing. Acts on payments to be processed through the main house bank. Validates payment transactions in VISION against supporting documents and direct the accounting for any inconsistencies or discrepancies.
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 house bank accounts. Ensures that records with the bank are up to date at any point in time.
Brief and assist newly arrived international staff, experts and consultants on basic financial procedures and requirements with respect to payments, entitlements, banking and currency provisions and other requirements relating to accounts and finance.
Review and process payments in VISON related to HACT, utility payments, supplies, PO, advances, and other payments. File the transactions and the related supporting documents regularly and share copies with relevant sections as required.
Reconcile vendor and customer accounts monthly and clear open items.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Completion of secondary education, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.
Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics or business administration or other relevant academic discipline is considered an asset.
At least 5 years relevant finance and accounting work experience, which includes cash handling and responsible administrative work. Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics or business administration or other relevant academic discipline may replace three years of related work experience.
Hands-on experience in SAP financial modules. Hands-on experience in office software packages and web-based management systems. Ability to operate calculator or other machines used to maintain accounts
Fluency in spoken English and Arabic. Excellence in written English.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel required.
Experience in database packages, web-based management systems and ERP systems (preferably SAP financial modules) is an asset.
Experience with IPSAS and/or IFRS (preferably Accounts payable) is an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable [Male and Female candidates ] are encouraged to apply.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.
All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.
Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.