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Team Lead (Global Assurance Hub)

Budapest (Hungary)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Budapest (Hungary)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-05

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To provide accounting policy guidance and support throughout the Organization. Ensure effective financial controls exist and are properly managed. Support efforts to fully implement International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Direct and coordinate the monthly and yearly financial closure processes at the country, regional and headquarters. Allocate costs to projects, maintain reserve balances, and perform all routine monthly accounting processes. Monitor the general ledger and take action where necessary to correct errors. Generate donor, statutory and management financial reports. Act as a focal point for countries, regions, technical units, Global Service Centre and other business areas for all accounting matters.


  • Perform country risk assessments and develop country level risk-based frameworks based on these.
  • Develop risk rating scales and schedules of consequences for IPs when assurance activities reveal that funds have not been spent according to the agreement.
  • Develop and propose annual global assurance plan based on country risk assessments for both spot checking of Purchase Orders and field country missions to obtain sufficient assurance on the correct implementation of WHO grants.
  • Coordinate regional assurance activities together with Regional Offices. Coordinate the engagement of external Third Party Monitoring (TPM) firms to conduct assurance activities in hard to reach countries and areas when necessary.
  • Liaise with other UN agencies (UNICEF; FAO; etc.) and entities (UNITAID, etc.) to request sharing Implementing Partner assessments (UN partner Portal, HACT) already performed by sister agencies, where available.
  • Participate in region-led assurance missions to countries to ensure a harmonized approach to assurance activities is applied across the organisation as well as ensuring effective knowledge sharing amongst colleagues across WHO working on harmonized assurance activities.
  • Supervise and oversee the work of the Assurance Officer with the GAH team.Regular communication with ECA and Regions on findings and recommendations.
  • Regular and frequent communication with regional counterparts on all QA related issues is essential to ensure seamless collaboration with regional quality assurance colleagues and other colleagues to ensure full adherence to harmonized assurance activities globally.
  • Recommend adjustments to relevant polices/ processes/ tools based on findings.Supervise and oversee the work of the Assurance Officer P2 at GAH.
  • Provide performance assessment reports and analysis on assurance activities globally as well as other tasks and analyses assigned by Head of Expenditure at FNM/ECA.Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's) in Business Administration, Financial Management, Auditing, Economics or another relevant field.
Desirable: Professional Certification in auditing /accounting, such as Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant or Chartered Accountant.


Essential: A minimum of seven years of experience in auditing, internal control, risk management or financial management. At least two years of experience leading a team. Experience in assessing internal controls mechanisms. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Audit experience with an international public accounting firm. Experience working in an international organization. Public sector experience.


Strong skills in the area of quality assurance.

Sound knowledge of risk management and internal control principles, tools and techniques and their application.

Strong knowledge and skills in the area of financial management, audit, internal control mechanism, and accounting. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to produce high quality reports for decision makers.

Strong sense of impartiality and objectivity. Good analytical skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to deal effectively with various internal/external partners on complex and sensitive matters.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Maturity of judgment, tact, integrity and discretion.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 73,516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1630 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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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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