Finance Assistant - Financial Management Centre, Copenhagen

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Denmark

City: Copenhagen, Denmark

Office: UNICEF Copenhagen

Closing date: Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Finance Assistant, GS-5, #15458, Financial Management Centre, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

Job no: 541470

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Denmark Division/Equivalent: Field Results Group

School/Unit: Copenhagen

Department/Office: Supply Division, COPENHAGEN

Categories: Finance and Administration, Support: Operations, G-5

For Every Child...Commitment

The unit’s work is cross-cutting in nature, providing support to UNICEF’s Supply Division, Regional and Country Offices, and collaborating with other Divisions and external supply partners. The position ensures seamless processing of financial transactions in line with UNICEF Financial Regulations and Rules and related procedures.

How Can You Make a Difference?

Under the supervision of the Finance Officer, the position provides a continuous update of procedures related to crisis management and streamline processes for effectiveness. Assists in timely processing, recording, monitoring, and maintaining of financial transactions and accounts relating to payments and receipts in accordance with UNICEF Financial Regulations and Rules and generally accepted accounting principles.


Summary of key functions/accountabilities of the Finance Assistant:

Analysis and monitoring of staff balances (Personal Advance and Recoveries), related payments and collection of receivables.

Timely filing and follow up on VAT and energy tax claims in line with government regulations. Provides guidance to centres on related tax issues.

Manage changes in vendor master data as requested by suppliers including change of bank details in liaison with Global Shared Service Centre (GSSC) and in accordance with UNICEF policies and procedures.

Ensures accurate and timely recording of receipts as reflected in the daily bank statements and liaises with the bank to resolve any queries.

Takes necessary action to investigate bank errors and address payments and receipts queries from staff, partners and suppliers etc. Also responds to related audit queries.

Timely processing of funds transfers to ensure adequate cover of scheduled payments.

Performing other tasks and ad-hoc projects that may be assigned by the Supervisor or Centre Chief.

To qualify as a Champion for every Child you will have...

Candidates should be service-oriented with good interpersonal and communication skills to ensure effective working relationship with suppliers, customers and colleagues, and be well organized and able to handle voluminous financial transactions effectively, efficiently and accurately.


Secondary education with commercial school or certificate in Finance or Accounting

Five years of progressively responsible work experience in finance or accounting

Working knowledge of accounting standards (IPSAS)

Good knowledge of ERP systems such as SAP and MS Office package, particularly advanced Excel

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Experience in interpreting complex financial data

Fluency in English

Valid work permit and residency in Denmark at the time of submitting the application. Note that the selected candidate is responsible for obtaining any required extension of their residence permit as such an extension cannot be dependent on an employment with UNICEF


University courses in Finance and Accounting

Prior working experience with SAP ERP FI module

Knowledge of the Danish tax system

Proficiency in Danish written and reading skills

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and our core competencies as follows:

Core competencies skills

Builds and maintains partnerships

Demonstrates self-awareness and

ethical awareness

Drive to achieve results for impact

Innovates and embraces change

Thinks and acts strategically

Manages ambiguity and complexity

Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please click here:

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


The closing date

is 7 July 2021. Please be informed that all applications to UNICEF are handled via UNICEF’s online recruiting system. You can apply to the above position by creating your profile, and application at our web site: Kindly note that all applications should be in English and that applications outside of the online recruiting system will not be accepted. Kindly also note that diversity and gender balance are factors in the selection process. Queries can be directed to Louise Pedersen at

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