UN UNICEF Jobs – Finance Officer (HACT Assurance) at United Nations Children’s Fund

Organization: United Nations
Children’s  Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Programme
Specialist (Quality Assurance)
Vacancy Number: VN/PBR/2016/01
Grade: NOB
About US:
The United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general
assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet
their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to
translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on
reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all
children, everywhere.
Job Summary: The Finance
Officer will be responsible for supporting proactive and systematic Harmonized
Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) quality assurance for all activities
implemented under the UNICEF Uganda Country Programme of Co-operation, in order
to provide an independent, objective and effective assessment of the rationale,
adequacy and effectiveness of the Country office’s risk management and HACT
internal control framework, processes and systems. The Finance Officer will
carry out due diligence reviews, audits and spot checks to promote efficiency,
reduce risks of asset loss, and help ensure the reliability of financial
statements.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Actively contributes to preparation and development
of HACT Assurance Plan in the country office to identify vulnerabilities and
risk areas over Cash Assistance to Implementing Partners as well as the
corresponding work plan to ensure the best possible use of UNICEF’s financial
resources from all sources of funds.
·        
Actively monitor and update the HACT assurance plan
on assessments, financial spot checks and scheduled audits of the implementing
partners;
·        
Prepare and submit summary reports of each
implementing partner on the risk assessment and findings/weaknesses, and
continuously update the report with status of implementation by the partners;
·        
Plans and carries out quality and objective
assurance activities especially HACT Spot checks of UNICEF’s implementing
partners according to the agreed work plan and/or as required by the country
programme.
·        
Work closely with Management, Operations and
programme sections to identify areas where HACT capacity development is
required for UNICEF Staff and implementing partners, design, deliver and
implement HACT training or refresher courses and other necessary support and
guidance required by the implementing partners;
·        
Undertake regular visits to zone offices, District
offices and PCA partner offices to establish and/or conduct monitoring and
evaluation of systems and procedures and the adherence to rules and regulations,
and training and guidance.
·        
Develops approach of, and conducts specials
assignments in Programme partnership areas as directed by the country office
management and in compliance with the organizational policies and procedures.
·        
Formulates pragmatic recommendations and secures the
agreement of management to mitigate the identified risks.
·        
Monitors and assesses adequacy of actions taken to
ensure the risks are managed.
·        
Supports the Deputy Representative to co-ordinate
audit preparations in Programme Management areas and the consolidation of the
documentations required for the audit including full documentation of each
self-assessment exercises as well as documentation of all HACT assurance
related activities.
·        
Assists Deputy Representative and Quality Assurance
Specialist to co-ordinate with sections in UNICEF offices in Uganda (CO and
Zone Offices) and facilitates the conduct of Micro assessments by an
independent auditor as may be required and to support and facilitate the annual
audits of implementing partners.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF
Finance Officer (HACT Assurance) should hold a University degree (Master’s) in
Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics,
International Development or a directly-related technical field(s) is required.
Hold a valid professional certification (CA; CPA; etc.) from an accredited
chartered accountancy institution, in conjunction with a relevant first-level
(Bachelor’s) university degree in a directly-related technical field (as
identified above), may be taken in lieu of an advanced university degree.
·        
Working knowledge of International Public Sector
Accounting Standards is desirable.
·        
Prior UNICEF experience and familiarity with SAP
highly desirable.
·        
At least two years of relevant experience, at the
national and international levels, in Operations Management, Financial
Management, Audit Management, Risk Management and/or Programme Management –
with hands on experience in planning, undertaking and reporting on financial
management assurance activities related to HACT and/or similar grant management
oversight systems used by donor and funding agencies – is required.
·        
Previous experience in training professionals in the
context of HACT is considered highly desirable.
·        
Fluency in English is required and strong written
and verbal communications skill therein strongly desirable.
Core
Values (Required):
Commitment; Diversity and Inclusion; Integrity
Core
Competencies (Required):
Communication; Working with People; Drive for
Results
Functional
Competencies (Required):
  Applying
Technical Expertise; Deciding and Initiating Actions; Following Instructions
and Procedures; Leading and Supervising; Planning and Organizing.
NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its
mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment. A
ll candidates who had previously applied need not apply again.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan Nationals who wish to join the United Nations
UNICEF must send their applications accompanied by an updated CV and P11 form, download here, as well
as two of the most recent performance evaluation report.
The Email
applications should be sent in this format to name your file attachments:
Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_MukasaP11 or Gold_MukasaCV or
Gold_MukasaApplication.
The
applications should be addressed to:
Human Resource
Manager,
UNICEF Kampala,
Uganda,
Plot 9, George
Street,
P.O. Box 7047,
Kampala Uganda
Via Email
to:   ugderecruit@unicef.org
Deadline: 22nd January, 2016
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