UN Programme Specialist (Quality Assurance) Jobs – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief Operations
Vacancy Number: VN/PBR/2016/06
Grade: NOC
About US:
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 Programme Specialist (Quality Assurance) will be
responsible for the overall understanding, analysis and review of systems,
risks, application of policies and procedures and the capacity building of
staff as well as counterparts within the area of internal control.  These will in turn contribute to Uganda
Office accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined
approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of its Internal Control
procedures. The incumbent will manage all aspects of Enterprise Risk Management
including due diligence reviews, audits and spot checks to promote efficiency,
reduce risks of asset loss, and help ensure the reliability of financial
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support Country Office Management in
    development and roll out of Office Accountability Framework based on
    UNICEF Accountability Framework.
    • Responsible for office processes to
      proactively and systematically identify, assess and manage key risks and
      opportunities to facilitate the achievement of CO objectives and planned
    • In charge of the process leading to
      office undertaking annual risk and control self-assessment (RCSA) as part
      of the annual review process, reports on the outcomes and propose
      mitigating activities.
    • Keenly monitor the status of actions
      defined to mitigate significant risks and update the Office Risk Profile.
  • Act the primary point in updating and
    ensuring quality Risk assessment and management information is updated
    under the Performance Management System.
  • Implement activities that create general
    awareness and common understanding among staff of key strategic,
    programmatic, operational and financial risks. Ensure there is general
    sense of ownership and that risk management efforts are embedded into key
    country programme planning, financing and implementation processes,
    allowing for an adequate and timely allocation of financial, operational
    and programmatic resources for that purpose.
  • Under the framework of UNICEF Policies,
    Guidelines, Standards, Country Office Management Plan, contribute to the
    development of office standards, new approaches and methodologies and
    streamlining of transaction Work Processes and Simplified Operating
    Procedures (SOPs) through participation in Internal Control meetings and
    consultations with staff. Perform compliance tests and report on the
    implementation of SOPs and Work Processes.
  • Within the framework of HACT, responsible for
    the formulation and implementation of Uganda office HACT Assurance plan
    which provides for a cost-effective assurance systems to ensure funds
    entrusted to UNICEF by donors are utilized as intended;  there is transparent processes and
    oversight of cash transfers and capacities of national partners is
    strengthened for the management and accountability of cash
    • The incumbent will also
      significantly contribute to the HACT activities of the country office;
      plans and carries out high quality and objective Micro Assessments of
      UNICEF’s Implementing Partners in accordance with the agreed work plan
      and/or as required by the country programme, review and follow up of the
      findings of assessments.
    • Significantly contribute towards
      upgrading capacity of UNICEF staff and implementing partners in the areas
      of HACT. 
    • Ensure the development of HACT
      compliant procedures, manual and guidelines for use by implementing
  • Provide overall leadership in the planning
    and the implementation of capacity building activities of national
    implementing partners to improve budgeting and financial management
    capacities of implementing partners. 
    • Ensure that inventory of training
      and capacity development needs of implementing partners is
    • Plan and organize training programmes
      in the areas of budgeting and financial management for the purpose of
      capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Carry out periodic self-assessment of
    procedures and processes, financial documents, information entered in
    VISION database, coding of VISION transactions to ensure the office’s
    adherence to procedures, that quality information, and correct coding is
    applied. Coordinate Operations Inputs to office wide activities.  This will entail consolidation of
    operations inputs, support in monitoring operations priorities. The task
    shall entail ensuring that high quality documentation is delivered for all
    resulting documents with UNICEF and office wide standards having been met.
  • Performs special assignments, including
    fact-findings in the case of irregularities, as directed by the country
    office management and in compliance with the organizational policies and
  • Formulates pragmatic recommendations and
    secures the agreement of management to improve problematic areas.
  • Keenly monitors and assesses adequacy of
    actions taken to correct reported deficiencies.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the United Nations UNICEF
    Programme Specialist (Quality Assurance) career opportunity should hold an
    advanced university degree (Master’s) in Accounting, Business
    Administration, Financial Management, Economics, International Development
    or a directly-related technical field(s) is required. 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 an asset.
  • At least five 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.
Personal Competencies: 
  • Core Values (Required): Commitment; Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Core Competencies (Required):
    Communication; Drive for Result; Working with People
  • Functional Competencies (Required):
    Applying Technical Expertise; Deciding and Initiating Actions; Following
    Instructions and Procedures; Leading and Supervising; Planning and
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.
How to Apply:
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 reports.
Email applications should be sent in this format and so name your file
attachments: Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_MukasaP11 or
Gold_MukasaCV or Gold_MukasaApplication.
applications should be addressed to:
Resource Manager,
Kampala, Uganda,
9, George Street,
Box 7047, Kampala Uganda
Email to:   ugderecruit@unicef.org
Deadline: 10th March, 2016
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