Financial Specialist (Financial Reporting and Special Projects), P3, New York HQ #102141

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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..

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Accountant, Financial Reporting, the incumbent is primarily responsible for financial reporting, analysis and closure activities primarily, but not exclusively, related to accounting for complex financial transactions, innovative financing instruments such as Crypto-currency and forward flow agreement and acting as FRU focal point for accounting manuals, in addition to other areas as appropriate. The incumbent will coordinate the preparation of corporate reports that require review by FRU, perform financial   analysis, reporting, and contribute towards the closure activities and preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements.

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Establish and maintain procedures, systems and controls to ensure complex financial transactions; new and emerging innovative financing instruments such as Crypto currency are recorded, accurate and complete in UNICEF general ledger on a timely basis.
  1. Support the preparation of draft IPSAS accounting position papers for new accounting standards and complex new agreements including:
  • Research of applicable accounting standards;
  • Research of applicable UNICEF circumstances; and
  • Co-ordination with other divisions and focal points for inputs.
  1. Prepare accounting adjustment journals for complex areas of accounting in new ventures including and not limited to, foreign exchange gains/losses adjustments to other resources grants in unique UNICEF-donor arrangements.
  1. Coordinate with finance teams in other HQ divisions as well as within DFAM to ensure the manuals are up to date and accurately reflect financial processes in place. Perform initial reviews for compliance with IPSAS and DFAM financial policies.
  1. Lead special projects as determined by the supervisor. Examples include but are not limited to the following: identify and implement best practices in all areas of financial control, identifying training needs and develop training activities to address those needs; standardize and streamline processes for efficiency and effectiveness; investigate and develop technology solutions to enhance financial closure activities including data integrity, certifications, coordination of activities etc.
  1. Assist in development and distribution of complex and other accounting training for all UNICEF staff that will be deployed through the AGORA or other relevant learning platform.
  1. 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.
  1. Support Financial Reporting team in preparation of year-end financial statements, quarterly financial reports and in review of other corporate reports such as:
  • CEB reporting,
  • EDAR reporting,
  • Global Humanitarian Action reports,
  • PFP annual report etc.

Perform other accounting tasks as assigned by Accountant and Chief, Accounts, including but not limited to special accounting projects

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Professional certification as chartered accountant (CA) or certified public accountant (CPA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), or any other internationally recognized accounting designation is required.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in Financial Reporting – Accounting, or a directly related field(s) is required. Knowledge of SAP is required. Previous work experience within an international organization is highly desirable.

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • 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 Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. 

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

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