Accounting Officer, Copenhagen

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Denmark

City: Copenhagen, Denmark

Office: UNICEF Copenhagen

Grade: P-2

Closing date: Sunday, 31 January 2021

Accounting Officer, P-2, TA (364 days) # 115370, Copenhagen, Denmark

Job no: 537593

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Denmark Division/Equivalent: Field Results Group

School/Unit: Copenhagen

Department/Office: Supply Division, COPENHAGEN

Categories: Finance and Administration, P-2

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, an Education

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Strategic office context:

The position is placed in the GAVI Accounting Unit (GAU) of the Financial Management and Administrative Centre in UNICEF’s Supply Division. GAU is responsible for financial management of ca. $1.2 billion annual GAVI procurement services operations focused on procurement of vaccines and vaccine related supplies for GAVI eligible countries. The scope of GAU’s work is forecast to increase substantially in 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

UNICEF will handle the procurement of vaccines and vaccine related devices for the COVAX facility. COVAX is co-led by the GAVI vaccines alliance, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). It is designed to discourage national governments from hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and to focus on first vaccinating the most high-risk people in every country. Approximately 1.7 billion does are expected to be available through the COVAX facility in 2021.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Programme Budget Manager, the position is responsible for ensuring that the financial accounting and reporting of the transactions related to the GAVI Trust Fund for procurement of vaccines and vaccine-related devices is accurate and in accordance with UNICEF’s Financial Rules and Regulations and donor agreements.

You will be accountable for:

Monitors and supports the day-to-day activities and transactions in the Gavi Accounting Unit (GAU) by country and project, to ensure balanced workloads and effective processing.

Ensures that financial releases are performed in accordance with available funds, as well as re-programming of balances and other funds as appropriate and approved by the customers.

Evaluates operational accounting controls and recommends changes in financial system (e.g. SAP modules) and procedures to meet new requirements. Recommend system and process changes and improvements identified during performance of duties and responsibilities and for effective automation of manual processes.

Designs spreadsheets, databases and reports to support the management of GAVI procurement.

Participates in the design, testing and implementation of new or revised systems relating to processing of COVAX-related transactions. Conducts business analysis to ensure compliance with the Financial Rules and Regulations and external reporting requirements. Coordinates user testing.

Responsible for period-end closure requirements in respect of the GAVI project accounts.

Establishes objectives for the staff. Supervises, trains and provides guidance to the staff in the unit.

Assists the Unit Head with any other ad hoc tasks as requested.

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


University degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, or related fields is required.

Professional qualifications in Finance or Accounting is an asset

Work Experience

At least two years of relevant and progressive and successful work experience at the national and international levels especially in the areas of financial management, accounting and/or audit. Extensive work experience in a computerized accounting environment.

Experience in business analysis and/or system development is highly desirable.

Tags accounting and reporting covid financial accounting financial management human rights procurement

Experience in SAP financial modules (FI/FM/CO) is desirable.

Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office package, particularly Excel. Knowledge of Power BI would be an asset.

Knowledge of accounting principles and standards, IPSAS/IFRS.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The core competencies required for this post are;
Builds and maintains partnerships - level 2

Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness - level 2

Drive to achieve results for impact - level 2

Innovates and embraces change - level 2

Thinks and acts strategically - level 2

Manages ambiguity and complexity - level 2

Works collaboratively with others - level 2

The functional competencies required for this post are;
Analysing - level 1

Applying Technical Expertise - level 2

Planning and Organising - level 2

Following Instructions and Procedures - level 2

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.


UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at:

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

Advertised: Jan 20 2021 Romance Standard Time Application close: Jan 31 2021 Romance Standard Time