Finance and Budget Specialist, NOC, ROSA, Kathmandu, Nepal #00126049 (Temporary Appointment) (364 Days)
Job no: 565403
Position type: Temporary Appointment
School/Unit: Regional Services Div (SAR), Kathmandu
Department/Office: Reg Serv – Oper, Kathmandu
Categories: Financial Management
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
How can you make a difference?
The Finance & Budget Specialist reports to the Regional Chief of Operations for general direction and guidance. The Finance and Budget Specialist is responsible for providing support to the Regional Chief of Operations in managing, monitoring and overseeing the full range of financial services in support of program and operational activities (i.e. financial planning, disbursements of funds and payments, treasury and accounting, financial analysis and reporting of resources), ensuring compliance of all financial operations with organizational plans, policies, procedures, guidelines, standards of performance, ethics, and integrity. The Finance & Budget Specialist has a matrix management relationship with the Regional Chief of Planning for ROMT related issues including budget status, and regional PBRs.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Support financial planning and management by preparing financial data/estimates and documentations, verifying relevancy, accuracy and completeness to facilitate financial planning for CPMP ROMP and regular management advice (including review of financial figures in PCAs). Provide technical and operational support throughout the financial planning and implementation process.
- Review Country Office PBR submissions as well as CO mail poll budget submissions for quality assurance and advise COs as appropriate, coordinate the TRT and PBR meetings for review of the COs budget submissions, prepare minutes of the meetings and coordinate with HQ to assure reflection in IBCS as per the PBR approval.
- Prepare work plans for supervisees, provide timely technical guidance, monitor work in progress and review work completed to approve transactions and/or certify/verify accuracy of work and compliance with IPSAS and UNICEF Regulations and Rules, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Enhance accounts control by processing (as per delegated authority) the accurate and timely submission of payments (e.g. payroll, MIP, travel claims, pension fund, advances to governments etc.), journal entries and other financial transactions within scope to the Global Shared Services Center (GSSC), ensuring compliance with budgetary limits, IPSAS and organizational regulations, rules, policies, procedures, standards of accountability, and ethics.
- Ensure effective treasury and cash management through managing bank, petty and cash on hand accounts transactions and operations in accordance with UNICEF/UN financial regulations and rules, policies, procedures and local banking practices, keep abreast of procedures and regulations regarding maintenance of bank accounts and exchange and interests rates, act as primary contact with local bank management on routine operational matters including negotiation of exchange rate on replenishments.
- Contribute to knowledge and capacity building initiatives by promoting a culture of highest ethical standards and behavior in management of UNICEF’s resources, contributing to management improvement plans by capturing, institutionalizing and sharing best practices and lessons learned, implement management initiatives to enhance productivity and performance including implementation of cost saving strategies and preparing Key Performance Indicator analysis reports for the ROMT meetings based on monitoring of the Regional Dashboard and follow up with COs to whenever support is needed.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration or equivalent or any other comparable recognized professional qualification.
- A valid professional certification (CA; CPA; etc.) from an internationally recognized, accredited chartered accountancy institution is required; or an advanced diploma qualification in CIPFA or its equivalent with other internationally recognized institutions along with an Advanced university degree.
- * *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in financial management or audits in an international organization and/or large corporation is required.
- Experience in a UN system agency or organization some of which served in a developing country is considered as an asset.
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel required.
- Experience in database packages, web based management systems and ERP systems (preferably SAP financial modules) is considered as an asset.
- Experience with IPSAS and/or IFRS is considered as an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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)
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 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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 may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). 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.
Application close: Sep 12 2023 Nepal Standard Time