Closing date: Saturday, 13 May 2023

Budget Specialist, P3, Abuja, Nigeria, #114224 (Fixed Term)non Nigerians only.

Job no: 560817

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Nigeria Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Nigeria

Department/Office: Abuja, Nigeria

Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

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, a champion

In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:

How can you make a difference?

Nigeria Country Office is one of the largest operations of UNICEF and the largest in West and Central African Region. The country programming is complex as it has development programming, with major disparities between the North and the South, North being relatively deprived and poor, while majority of the population is concentrated in the North. The country is further challenged with ethnic and religious divides coupled with governance issues particularly financial management.

While the Country Programme is geared towards achieving the nexus between humanitarian and development programming, due to the enormous multidimensional and complex socio-economic, extremism and political challenges the management and oversight of the delivery of the programmes often permeates into managing two parallel programming to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the North East spreading into North Central and North West and regular programming in the rest of the country.

The annual throughput (planned amount) of the country programme is around US$442 M. The Country Office manages funds (taking allotment of 2020 as a baseline) from four sources RR: US$57.7M, ORR: US$219.8M and ORE: US$66.6M and IB budget US$0.6M. The CO manages grants from 52 donors for development programming and 31 donors for humanitarian response and COVID 19 response.

A challenging and exciting opportunity has arisen within UNICEF Nigeria for a passionate and committed Budget Specialist. Reporting to the Chief (M4R), the Budget Specialist will be responsible for tracking, analyzing and reporting income and expenditures, including donor contributions and will be accountable for analyzing the needs, preparation, management and monitoring of contributions, involving all sources of funds across programmes and operations, contributing to the overall governance of the office. She/he will also collaborate with HQ, RO and CO and contribute to the overall strategies related to contribution and budget management and reporting and capacity building for UNICEF Nigeria Country Office.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  •  Supports the formulation of strategies and concepts
  •  Support Budget analysis focusing on achieving results
  •  Contribution management (budget planning allocation, monitoring)
  •  Management of financial dashboard reports
  •  Management of financial reports related to resource mobilization and donor reporting
  •  VISION support to fund management
  •  Cost distribution and payroll

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the job… JD Budget Specialist, P3.pdf

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

  •  An advanced University degree in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting, General administration, Development studies, Statistics, Social Sciences, or any other relevant field of discipline.
  •  Minimum five years of relevant professional work experience in Programme management and budgeting
  •  Work experience in an international organization in the relevant area is an asset
  •  Work experience in EU financial reporting is considered an asset
  •  Experience in the usage of office software MS package and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
  •  Experience in SAP is required.
  •  Fluency in English

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

Core Competencies

  •  Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  •  Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  •  Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  •  Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  •  Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  •  Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  •  Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  •  Analyzing II
  •  Relating and Networking II
  •  Deciding and Initiating Action II
  •  Applying Technical Expertise II

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.

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.


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