Programe Officer (HACT)* -NOB - Liberian Nationals Only

Monrovia

Purpose of the post: Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Programme Officer (HACT) will be responsible to support the implementation of HACT in UNICEF Liberia, in close collaboration with various technical sections of UNICEF, UN agencies, and implementation partners. The M&E Specialist, P-3 and Programme Specialist (HACT), P-3 will lend support for technical guidance and direction to the incumbent. The incumbent is expected to provide technical and administrative support for the effective implementation of HACT in order to achieve results related to proactive implementation of efficient risk-based oversight of cash transferred to partners in the country, timely identification and remedial actions of risks impacting the achievement of results and efficient use of cash provided by UNICEF, adequate capacities of UNICEF staff and partners in the effective use of HACT throughout the partnership cycle, and provision of adequate and continuous feedback to UNICEF on the quality of assurance activities in the field to achieve results and in adherence to UNCEF’s zero tolerance to corruption.

Main Job Duties and Responsibilities:

· Participate in the development, implementation and reporting of the HACT implementation plan and the annual HACT Assurance plans.

· Provide technical support to ensure that the Office has evidence-based information, as per the assurance plan, to assess whether progress reported by partners is in accordance with work plans and that resources provided by UNICEF are safeguarded, including:

· Monitor whether activities are taking place as per the assurance plan and undertake analysis of issues requiring management attention.

· Support the spot check process in the Office by undertaking spot checks and/or providing technical support to staff undertaking spot checks.

· Assist programme sections to determine appropriate follow-up actions to issues and recommendations identified in spot checks and scheduled audit.

· Advise senior management when special audits may be required.

· Provide technical support in drafting terms of reference for special audits and follow-up on findings.

· Make recommendations to Office with regards to implementing UNDG HACT Framework as per UNICEF policies and procedures.

· Adapts HACT tools for the office, such as templates, according to the common criteria established in UNICEF policy and procedures.

· Identify high-risk areas requiring special support from regional offices and/or HQ.

· Conduct periodic on-site reviews of implementing partners’ financial records for cash transfers together with programme and/or finance colleagues ensuring an effective transfer of knowledge/competence. Schedule and supervise routine audits of implementing partners’ internal controls for the management of cash transfers and handling of supplies and conduct initial assessments of partners’ financial controls and systems to ensure their conformity to international standards and sound financial separation and controls. Identify the need to conduct special investigations or special audits when anomalies and ethical concerns are identified.

· Assist managers in risk assessing PCA’s (Project Cooperation Agreements) and potential agreements with donors from a HACT perspective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION & COMPETENCIES:

Education: A relevant first-level (Bachelor's) university degree in a directly-related technical field such as Accounting, Audit, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, or a directly-related technical field(s) is required. However, an advanced university in a directly-related technical field (as identified above) in will be considered highly advantageous. A valid professional certification (CA; CPA; etc.) from an accredited chartered accountancy institution, in conjunction with a relevant first-level (Bachelor's), may also be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant experience, at the national levels working with UN or large INGOs in programme management, finance, budget, accounting, human resources, supply and/or administration is required.

Language: Fluency in English is required with strong communication and oratory skills.

Competencies: Communication, Working with People, Drive for Results, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning and Researching, Planning and Organizing

Duration of the appointment: 364 days (Temporary Appointment)

*Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) is a Common operational framework adopted by UNICEF for transferring cash to Government and non-government implementing partners.

Interested candidates are to submit a duly completed and signed Personal History Form and CV/Resumé, the two latest PERs (only applicable for UNICEF & UN staff members) to email: liberia_recruitment@unicef.org by quoting Ref: LBRA/HR/VN/2016/002 as email subject by closing date COB 15 January 2016. Only applications received via e-mail by closing date will be accepted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Monrovia
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-15

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