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Finance Specialist

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-22

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Background Information - IPAS

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UNOPS Integrated Practice Advice and Support (IPAS) serves all the regions and headquarters, primarily with advice and solutions to everyday implementation challenges. IPAS consists of a diverse team of subject matter experts in the six practice areas of HR, Administration, Legal, Finance, Procurement, Project Management and Infrastructure. IPAS has three main roles:

Support to operations in the field offices: IPAS provides timely advice and supports actively finding of solutions to everyday implementation challenges, based on policy and best practices. It also provides operational support in specific areas.

Business efficiency: IPAS recommends changes to policies, processes and operating standards based on the feedback and experience of the field offices. IPAS also ensures transparent and efficient project implementation, in line with policy and business needs. 

Body of knowledge: IPAS contributes to research and coordination within the policy groups and project practitioners. It provides structured knowledge and subject matter expertise which is used across practice areas to provide coherent and tailored advice to the requesting offices.

IPAS Finance supports UNOPS Country Offices in all aspects of UNOPS finances. Our four major areas of support are:

  • ​Engagement & budgeting advisory support

  • Project reporting & closure advisory support

  • Corporate Financial reporting support

  • ​Banking & treasury support

Under the supervision of the Financial Management Advisor, the incumbent will work closely with Country Officesbased in Latin America and the Caribbean (LCR), primarily providing daily operational support and solutions for the delivery of the PharmaMX project. The incumbent will keep a balance between operational implementation efficiencies and policy/rules requirements, and also contribute towards long-term solutions by channeling practical recommendations through the Finance Senior Manager for improvements in policies and processes for efficient project implementation

The objective of the PharmaMX project is to support the Government of Mexico in its effort to guarantee the right to health to the largest number of inhabitants through the planning and management of the consolidated purchase of medicines from 2021 to 2024. 

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions:

  1. Financial Advisory Services

  2. Operational Support to projects/programmes implementation 

  3. Build and maintain an active body of knowledge

  1. Financial Advisory Services

    • Work closely with field offices to provide solutions on operational, financial matters;

    • Support and advise Field Offices to ensure full compliance of financial activities, financial recording and reporting with UNOPS rules, regulations, and policies;

    • Provide quality control of Field Offices submissions by performing the review and analysis of financial data and processes; 

    • Provide advice and support for the development and implementation of Financial Standard Operating Procedures, guidelines, and control mechanisms, in conformity with UNOPS rules and regulations;

    • Provide recommendations and advice on the performance of adequate internal controls and cost-saving measures.

  1. Operational Support for projects/programmes implementation 

    • Support Project and Programme Managers to identify key financial risks and mitigation measures;

    • Provide advisory services to Project and Programme Managers to define internal controls compliance with UNOPS rules and procedures;

    • Advise Project/Programme Managers and Project Support Officers in the formulation and monitoring of project/programme budgets;

    • Coordinate and support the projects in preparation and timely submission of periodic project reports;

    • Review and certify the appropriateness of project financial transactions as per applicable UNOPS policies, regulations, and rules;

    • Review and pre-clear submissions for write-off, provisions, and asset disposal; 

    • Review and endorse requests for Advance Financing;

    • Review and approve adjustments to project expenditures as required (e.g., GLJEs)

    • Assist projects/programmes with audits and self-audits and quality assurance activities as required;

    • Support projects/programmes in the preparation of ad-hoc reports as requested by internal/external auditors;

    • Support the implementation of audit recommendations as required;

    • Support the preparation of new projects and programmes and review and recommend new engagements and amendments from a finance perspective.

  1. Build and maintain an active body of knowledge

    • Contribute with practical knowledge to the enhancements of practice policy developments;

    • Actively contributes to global knowledge by maintaining knowledge systems and sharing information and knowledge across the regions;

    • Provide training to personnel on processes, rules/policies, and systems;

    • Contribute to product designs and implementation;

    • Recommend solutions and process efficiency initiatives;

    • Contribute to the development and maintenance of corporate systems and tools.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced university degree required in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or similar field

  • Bachelor’s degree with an additional two years of relevant work experience will be accepted in lieu of a Masters/advanced university degree.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Finance is required (if in possession of an advanced university degree)

  • Field experience is highly desirable

  • Broader experience within more than one management practice is desirable

  • Some experience in the UN organizations an asset.

Language requirements: 
  • Full working knowledge of English and Spanish 
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (e.g., French) is an asset.


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: I-ICA 2

Contract duration: open-ended, subject to satisfactory performance and the duration of the PharmaMX project.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

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
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.


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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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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