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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-04

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Internal Controls Specialist

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Background Information - Job-specific

The Finance Group (FG) is a critical and strategic business function in UNOPS and serves as an authoritative and integrated partner in the organization on strategic financial planning and budgeting, business strategy and practices, financial analysis and risk assessment, financial management services and long term organisational treasury and investments.  As the steward of resources of a self-financing UN entity, FG is accountable for timely cost recovery and reporting to partners, maintaining the integrity and transparency of financial management of resources in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and organisational/international accountability framework and the accurate and transparent financial reporting to governing bodies, clients, partners and stakeholders.

The Internal Control Specialist reports to the Management Specialist in the Risk Team in Finance Group, who provides broad supervision and guidance. The role is responsible for providing expert knowledge on internal controls and to map out key cross-functional processes, which will includes engaging with many stakeholders across UNOPS

Functional Responsibilities

  • Support UNOPS Finance Group in assessing, evaluating and redesigning UNOPS internal control framework.

  • Identify key risk in UNOPS cross-functional processes and provide expert advice on suggested risk responses, as well as identify areas to improve operational efficiency throughout processes.

  • Assess the appropriateness of UNOPS segregation of duties throughout cross-functional processes, as well as the effective implementation of segregation of duties in UNOPS ERP platform.

  • Support UNOPS Finance Group in producing flowcharts to map key organizational cross-functional processes, such as project finance, HR, payroll, financial reporting, and IT processes.
  • Produce clear and user-friendly written narratives to explain key steps in UNOPS key organizational cross-functional processes.

  • Establish key risk indicators to help UNOPS monitor key risks, and support the development of reporting modalities to ensure effective oversight of risks and controls.

  • Support UNOPS Finance Group in updating UNOPS Statement on Internal Control to provide assurance on the effectiveness of UNOPS Internal Control Framework

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

  • An Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in auditing, finance, accounting, business administration, economics or other related financial field is required .
  • A First-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in finance or audit in a large international organisation or business corporation is required, of which at least 2 years of experience have to be related to working specifically with internal control frameworks.
  • Experience building and implementing internal controls frameworks will be considered a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge of internationally recognized internal control frameworks, such as COSO or ISO frameworks, will be an asset.
  • Understanding and experience working on general IT controls in an ERP system will be an asset.


Language requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English. 
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement  Contract level: IICA2 
Contract duration: 1 year


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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