Job Vacancies United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children’s Fund
Position: Finance Manager (Contributions Unit)
Closing Date: Friday, 05 November 2010
Location: United States of America (the) – New York, NY
Purpose of the Position
The purpose of this position is to support the achievement of UNICEF’s mission and the fulfillment of its accountabilities, including those of its management and staff, by providing sound advice to Senior Management in UNICEF’s Division of Financial and Administrative Management (DFAM) on issues related to funding agreements and revenue recognition and its adherence to the organization’s financial rules, regulations, policies and directives.
You will be responsible for ensuring timely and accurate identification, application, collection and recording of revenue and trust funds. Moreover, you will review statutory reports related to revenue/trust fund recording and issue ad-hoc reports related to contributions received as an input to UNICEF Annual Report and other key documentation. You will also prepare and/or draft policies and procedures applicable to the area of UNICEF financial resources, in accordance with DFAM’s standards for financial planning, implementation and reporting.
Key Expected Results
1. You will provide day-to-day management of the Contributions Unit including the establishment of work assignments to ensure timely processing of contributions, trust fund, identification, collection and application of funds received as well as acknowledgement of such funds. This will also include the development and implementation of efficient work processes and flows.
2. You will review and provide clearance on complex funding agreements to ensure compliance with applicable rules, regulations, policies and directives, whilst advising senior management of any anomaly and subsequently recommending corrective action(s).
3. You will prepare and/or participate in the preparation of guidelines and training materials concerning financial arrangements for UNICEF’s Headquarters Divisions, Regional and Field Offices.
4. You will analyze complex revenue/receivable issues and, where applicable, recommend course of action(s), including write-offs, transfers and/or refunds.
5. You will be responsible for analysis and monitoring of information systems and data related to revenue, trust funds, receipts and receivables. You will also oversee the preparation of management and/or statutory reports.
6. You will participate in consultations and negotiations with donors and other financial partners whilst coordinating actions with other fundraising Divisions.
7. You will also perform other assignments, as provided by the Deputy Director, DFAM/Finance Section, particularly in regards to providing support to relevant Organizational wide initiatives across Regional and Field Offices whilst following-up and implementing relevant audit recommendations.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced university degree in audit, business administration, financial management, economics, accounting, information systems, law or other related fields.
Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international level in financial management and/or accounting, in large commercial enterprises, national governments or international organizations including public sector, governments, civil society, etc.
Membership in an internationally recognized accountancy body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants or equivalent – or an internationally recognized auditing body such as the Institute of Internal Auditors or equivalent is highly desirable.
Demonstrated knowledge/background and/or certification in financial/commercial law is highly desirable. Broad experience and proven skills in vendor/donor management relations is an asset.
Prior practical working knowledge of IT general controls, development processes, application controls and interfaces in complex environments using SAP or other ERP applications is highly desirable.
Practical experience in supporting/implementing a new accounting standard (National or International) including understanding of IPSAS, International Accounting Standards (IAS) and/or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is highly desirable.
Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, specifically UNICEF as well as an understanding of UNICEF’s Business model and financial procedures is an asset.
Analytical skills, modern procedures & legal background mind-set combined with in-depth knowledge of finance/accounting procedures, regulations, rules and policies governing staff working in the United Nations Common System.
Ability to identify clients’ needs and propose appropriate solutions, as well as, to establish and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external partners.
Sound leadership and managerial skills such as ability to establish priorities and plan, coordinate and monitor work of others; people management skills; good judgment and high emotional intelligence.
Ability to challenge status quo, good execution skills and drive for results.
Excellent computer skills including Excel.
Knowledge of SAP, ProMS and IPSAS an asset.
Fluency in English (written and oral) and another UN language.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Capacity to communicate effectively through speech and written work to present issues and ideas in a manner that leads to their acceptance and adoption.
Capacity to contact and interact openly, honestly, and professionally with individuals and in teams from a wide range of cultures—in and out of the division.
Capacity to be fair and impartial in interactions, and to recognize and regulate personal performance against professional and organizational standards and social norms.
Capacity to efficiently and effectively analyze complex information, and to abstract general conditions from specific information. Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills.
Team Leadership: Capacity to lead work groups in the planning and implementation of activities, and to provide technical assistance and coaching to team members
UNICEF is committed to diversity and gender equality in its workplace. Women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply
If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.
Visit us at www.unicef.org/about/employ to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2010-002208. Applications must be received by 29 October 2010.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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