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Finance Specialist – Planning and Budgeting (maternity leave cover)

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
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-25

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Background Information - FG

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.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Finance Specialist – Planning and Budgeting reports to the Head of Unit – Financial Planning and Budgeting who provides broad supervision and guidance. The role is responsible for supporting the implementation of the annual budgeting and target setting cycle, based on strategy requirements.  It is also responsible for developing organisational analysis on progress towards strategy implementation.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions
  1. Financial planning

  2. Corporate advisory

  3. Knowledge management and innovation


1.     Financial planning        
  • Provide input and advice on the organisation-wide processes for budgeting, forecasting, target setting and resource allocation.
  • Assist the Head of Unit – Financial Planning and Budgeting to recommend key assumptions required for annual budgeting and target setting process.
  • Consolidate UNOPS overall budgets and targets.
  • Provide input and advice as required to ensure budgets and targets are appropriate and that action plans are established to achieve the necessary financial outputs.
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of budgets, highlighting deviations.
  • Assist in the review investment funding and associated investment proposals.

2.     Corporate advisory

  • Support and assist the Head of Unit – Financial Planning and Budgeting and the Deputy CFO by advising on the development financial and non-financial KPI's.
  • Analyze actual financial results to understand key business drivers and variances to budget/forecast.
  • Participate in discussions on the development of UNOPS Strategic Plans and Mid-Term reviews and development results reporting.
  • Support and assist the Head of Unit – Financial Planning and Budgeting and the Deputy CFO to work with Senior Management to help them better understand financial trends and financial opportunities

3. Knowledge management and innovation
  • Contribute to the development of internal capacity across the organization in terms of financial planning.
  • Constantly monitor and evaluate policies, procedures, methods, tools and associated systems to ensure its utility, applicability and efficacy.
  • Design/approve refinements to processes to maximize the benefits of management information system to enhance efficiency and facilitate organisational/management monitoring, oversight and reporting.
  • Lead/organise training events and design/set training agenda to build capacity of stakeholders on business planning.


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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • A Masters degree in finance, accounting, business administration, economics or other related financial field is required.
  • Bachelors in finance, accounting, business administration, economics or other related financial field and 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in financial planning in a large international organisation or business corporation is required.
  • Some experience in UN system organisations an asset.
  • Full working knowledge of English.  
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA 2 
Contract duration: 13 months for maternity cover

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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.


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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