Job Description

Join our dynamic team in UNICEF Niger to work with the Coordination. Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Programme Budget Officer is the focal point for all SAP and Insight related support.

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, passion.

Niger is a landlocked Sahelian country of 21.5 million people, most of whom live in rural areas (84%). The population is young, with 58% of Nigeriens being under 18, and nearly half of the population is poor, despite reductions in the poverty rate over the past decade. The country, which ranked last on the 2017 Human Development Index, sees its development constrained by several factors: high population growth, climatic conditions that hinder rural development, vulnerability due to the absence of economic diversification, Gender Equality issues, low levels of literacy and education, and the size and landlocked nature of the country, which obstruct the provision of essential goods and services to the population. In addition, Niger is confronted to recurrent crises, including malnutrition, epidemics and population displacement.

UNICEF supports the Government of Niger's efforts to improve the situation of women and children, focusing on the following seven sectors through its 2019-2021 programme of cooperation: health, nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, education, Child Protection, and social inclusion, and adolescent and social norms. The vision for the new country programme is to support the Government towards ensuring that all children, especially the most vulnerable, enjoy their rights; adolescents and youth are empowered; communities and systems are strengthened and resilient; and Humanitarian Assistance and development address the structural causes of fragility and vulnerability.

How can you make a difference?

Join our dynamic team in UNICEF Niger to work with the Coordination. Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Programme Budget Officer is the focal point for all SAP and Insight related support involving the following key activities:
  • Monitor commitments and expenditures to ensure timely, accurate and appropriate management information provided on programme budget allocations, commitments, expenditures, and projections to ensure that errors and discrepancies are detected and corrected. Monitor donor contribution Financial Management including production of donor reporting timetables and financial utilization reports.
  • Generate reports from VISION - including routine and specific donor reports ensuring reconciliation and re-phasing and raising related issues to management.
  • Monitor compliance of expenditure to ensure that objectives and targets are achieved. Provide technical guidance to staff.
  • Ensure smooth monitoring of the country office budget ensuring accuracy of data including VISION specific reports.
  • Advise on the coding (PIDB and other coding) to reflect accepted donor proposals and to ensure appropriate fund monitoring.
  • Plan and organize training programmes in the areas of budgeting and financial management/reporting in order to build capacity for staff for effective and efficient management of programme resources.
  • Reconcile all grants and resolve all discrepancies.
  • Ensure the oversight and coordination of partnerships with NGOs and CSOs in line with UNICEF’s governing rules and regulations.
To qualify as a champion for every child you will have...

  • A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience, at national and international level, in above related fields.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with Emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in French and working knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another official UN or local language is an asset.
For every Child you demonstrate...

UNICEF's Values (CRITA) :
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Analyzing (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (2)
  • Learning and researching (2)
  • Planning and organizing (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 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. Remarks:

* 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.

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