If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for
children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote
children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing
countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education
for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is
funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
The Financial Management and Administration Centre in UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen is seeking
SENIOR ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT
1-year Fixed Term Position
PURPOSE OF POST:
Under the supervision of the Accounting Officer, responsible for financial accounting, funds
management and reporting in support of procurement activities for the Global Alliance for Vaccine and
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES, DUTIES & TASKS:
1. Performs financial accounting and analysis for GAVI procurement activities. Processes, reviews and
analyzes the FLS and VISION transactions, payments and account balances for area of responsibility,
and identifies and initiates required adjustments.
2. Creates, reviews and maintains master data in VISION. Creates Grants, Ceilings and Project
Accounts, and establishes budget planning limitations in accordance with Decision Letters and funds
availability. Recommends budget revisions in accordance with MOUs and UNICEF’s Financial Rules
and Regulations. Monitors project accounts for compliance with financial limitations.
3. Maintains master data in Access database within area of responsibility, ensuring reconciliation with
master data in VISION. Monitors financial and programme implementation against approvals,
ceilings and limitations.
4. Develops and prepares financial reports for internal management and external donors and other
third parties. Prepares exception and/or periodic reports, statements, schedules summaries analysis
and document work papers relating to areas of responsibility. Reviews financial requests prior to
submission to external partners to ensure compliance with funding limitations and initiates
revisions. Prepares funding requests to external partners as required.
5. Monitors and ensures systems and reports comply with UNICEF’s Financial Rules and Regulations,
and third party requirements.
6. Identifies and recommends system and process improvements. Participates in the design, testing
and implementation of new or revised systems changes or upgrades. Designs Excel spreadsheets
and Access databases to support the monitoring of activities.
7. Ensures periodic and yearend closure procedures are completed in a timely and accurate manner,
such as executing monthly costing run, Monthly reconciliations, Resource Related Billing and
settlement in VISION (SAP) for areas of responsibility.
8. Performs other ad hoc tasks in related areas as required and provide back up support to colleagues
within the unit.
QUALIFICATIONS OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
Education & Work Experience: Secondary education and commercial courses in accounting. University
level courses in accounting, business or public administration are highly desirable.
A minimum of (7) years of broad and successful accounting experience, preferably in an international /
governmental (non-profit) organization in a highly computerized environment. Experience in the areas
of project and/or trust fund accounting would be an asset.
Technical Competencies & Languages: Good knowledge of computerized accounting application
systems and MS Office package, particularly MS Access and Excel. Knowledge of SAP highly desirable.
Analytical skills and ability to prepare useful accounting reports both for external partners and
management and to prepare regular and ad hoc reconciliations. Good project management skills would
be an asset. Knowledge of IFRS/IPSAS would be an asset.
Fluency in English. Another UN working language would be an asset.
COMPETENCIES OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:
Values and Competencies: Our Core Values reflect attitudes and convictions that are shared across all
UNICEF staff and include diversity and inclusion, integrity and commitment. The successful candidate
must believe in the core values and have the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with
sensitivity and respect for UNICEF’s mandate. The required competencies for this particular position are:
Communication (level II)
Drive for results (level II)
Working with people (level II)
Applying technical expertise (level II)
Planning and organizing (level II)
Analyzing (level II)
Following instructions and procedures (level II)
Kindly refer to http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_apply.html for more information on the
UNICEF Competency Framework.
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:
http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.php. 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
candidates will be assessed on foundational and functional competencies and that diversity and gender
balance are also factors in the selection process. Queries can be directed to Kati Nielsen at
Applications for this position must be received by 5th April 2013.
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE VALID WORKING PERMIT AND RESIDENCY IN DENMARK
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and
male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with
disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.