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Call for Finance Managers, P-4, UNICEF Global Shared Services Centre, Budapest, Hungary (Not for Hungarian Nationality)

Budapest (Hungary)

  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Location: Budapest (Hungary)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-07

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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.

For every child, a calling

We are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not a job, it’s a calling.

UNICEF's Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC) in Budapest, Hungary supports UNICEF Offices globally in the areas of Finance, Master Data Management, Human Resources, Administration, Payroll and Information Technology. The GSSC ensures cost effective and secure operations in support of global transaction processing consistent with the organization’s goals, strategy and objectives.

Our mission is to be a center of excellence for the global delivery of efficient services within a culture of customer service, continuous business improvement, knowledge-sharing and innovation to support the effective achievement of UNICEF's programme results worldwide.

The Finance Section in the GSSC currently oversees transactional processing of Purchase-to-Pay and Master Data Management transactions.

How can you make a difference?

The GSSC is searching for qualified senior Finance professionals with strong people management and leadership skills with the ability to thrive within a dynamic and multi-cultural Shared Service Center environment. We are seeking candidates for our Talent Groups to fill upcoming Finance Manager vacancies at the P-4 level in Budapest GSSC.

This will involve,

1. Team and Process Management

•Lead the Finance team, ensuring their productivity, quality, abilities and compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)•Maximize the effective use of resources available, including workload analysis, productivity measures and other best practice methodologies•Develop and implement process improvements that deliver efficiencies for country offices and the GSSC •Ensure efficiency of the processes being managed and that transition of new processes are implemented successfully

2. Transaction Processing

•Responsible for processing of financial transactions for the unit, issues, escalations based on agreed SLA and standard of quality•Successfully manage processing issues in area of responsibility with corrective action taken/guidance implemented as necessary•Ensure suitable technical assistance and training is provided to team members based on existing UNICEF policies and procedures, tools and methodologies

3. Internal Controls

•Spearhead in strengthening financial controls in line with policies, procedures and guidelines issued by headquarters and accounting internal control reviews•Support the development and implementation of finance policies in support of GSSC processes

4. Change Management

•Deliver and support cross functional process transformation initiatives•Support and lead cross stream or section project improvements at the GSSC •Work closely and collaboratively across streams and sections within the GSSC and with relevant stakeholders.

5. Leadership and Management of Staff

• Lead stream and develop staff through coaching and mentoring•Ensure team leadership and cross-functional collaboration•Support and advise staff and management as appropriate to improve relations, achieve consensus and resolve issues•Promote management excellence and work life balance in the unit•Support a culture of honest and continuous feedback and performance management

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


•An Advanced University Degree (Master’s and above) in one of the areas is required: Accounting, Finance, Public Finance or a related degree discipline•Qualified membership in an internationally recognized professional finance body, such as ACCA/ ICAEW/ CIMA/ CIPFA/ CPA•A minimum of 8 years of managerial work experience within the areas of Accounting, Finance and Audit

•Strong communication and excellent interpersonal and presentation skills •Results orientation and knowledge of productivity and efficiency measurements•Ability to organize, prioritize, and deliver under pressure •Enthusiastic team leader, who is flexible, always ready to take on new challenges and drives for results in flexible with an expanding environment•Fluency in English is required.


•Lead implementation of innovative solutions of a significant nature and driving change globally

•Managerial experience and successful achievements in any of the following areas, including shared services in international work setting:

- Project Management and Change Management, including Process Improvement - Team leadership and people development for medium team size - Treasury and banking transactional support - Providing effective transactional support to stakeholders

•Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF’s Competency Framework is linked to standards of behavior of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

Competency Framework

Builds and maintains partnerships

Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

Drive to achieve results for impact

Innovates and embraces change

Manages ambiguity and complexity

Thinks and acts strategically

Works collaboratively with others

Nurtures, leads and manages people

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International Professional (IP) staff are recruited internationally (not Hungarian Nationality) and serve in duty stations outside their country of nationality. They hold leadership, managerial or specialist functions.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Talent Groups

UNICEF strongly encourages job seekers with relevant professional experience and qualifications to apply for inclusion in one or more of our Talent Groups, UNICEF’s primary sourcing method. Successful candidates will be notified and placed in a Talent Group for a three-year period. More information on UNICEF’s Talent Groups are available on

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

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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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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