Accounting Officer, P-2, Division of Finance and Administrative Management, New York HQ #71724

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020

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..

UNICEF’s financial and administrative management operating environment is becoming increasingly dynamic and complex as the organizationmoves towards a governance, risk and compliance framework. Additionally, UNICEF’s funding sources are becoming more complex to record,manage, monitor and report on. With this comes more scrutiny from our donors and oversight bodies on how resources are managed.Furthermore, UNICEF has and continues to invest in technology platforms to improve our internal controls and their monitoring. Thesedevelopments impact the financial and operating risks faced by UNICEF.The role of the Division of Finance and Administrative Management (DFAM) is to safeguard the financial resources entrusted to UNICEF for the survival, development and protection of the world’schildren by maintaining and improving financial and administrative systems and procedures to ensure efficient, cost-effective and transparentutilization of these resources. DFAM is based in New York. The Division is divided into five Sections that carry out accounting and financialreporting, facilities management and administration, budgeting, cash and treasury management, and divisional coordination, liaison andmanagement activities.This post resides within the Financial Reporting Unit (FRU) of the Financial Reporting and Grant Management Section (FRGM) of DFAM, reporting tothe Accountant (P-4), Financial Reporting.How can you make a difference?

The key functions of this post are:

1. Prepare accounting adjustment journals for complex areas of accounting in new ventures including and not limited to cryptocurrency, revenue, inventory, fixed and intangible assets, investment/treasury adjustments, etc.2. Draft and maintain accounting manual in complex accounting areas including but not limited to cryptocurrency, revenue, inventory, new financial instrument ventures established by treasury section, fixed and intangible assets, leases, and other areas as assigned.3. Support in writing new or updated accounting procedures, instructions and guidelines in the areas under the Financial Reporting Unit responsibilities, and other areas as assigned etc.4. Provide technical guidance to field office and HQ staff. Identify and provide feedback and suggestions on Goods Receipt Goods Invoice Receipt (GRIR) process and other complex SAP related correcting adjustments.5. Assist in production of internal year-end instructions on closing of accounts for country offices and Head-quarter divisions ensuring adherence to financial regulations and rules; accounting policy and related guidelines.6. Contribute in assigned areas to the Financial Reporting Unit preparation of year-end financial statements, quarterly financial reports and in review of other corporate reports such as:• Monthly financial reports for the Executive Director and UNICEF management• Annual reports• United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) reporting etc.7. Review and process approved global write-off requests related to UNICEF’s assets, once approved by the Comptroller, according to UNICEF’s policies and procedures. Ensure that assets are accurately valued.8. Perform other accounting tasks as assigned, including and not limited to special accounting projects.To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education: Professional certification as a Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), or any other internationally recognized accounting designation. Candidates working towards the accounting designation with greater than five (5) years’ experience, in financial reporting or audit in conjunction withaccounting degree may be considered in lieu of the professional accounting certification. A minimum of two (2) years of post-qualification for candidates with accounting designation, with progressively responsible experience in the areas of finance, accounting, or auditing. SAP experience is a distinct advantage Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please clickhere.UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is archived.

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