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Budget and Finance Officer (NO1, FT) Bucharest, Romania #00120062


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bucharest
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-07

The Budget and Finance Officer assists the Country office in effectively and efficiently managing financial aspects, developing, monitoring and reporting on grant specific budgets in line with program, UNICEF and donor requirements.

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, equal opportunities.


How can you make a difference?

1. Support to management on financial planning
 Support timely allocation of new grants to respective programmes in line with approved budget breakdown and donor conditions
 Work in collaboration with the Operations Manager and Budget Owners to ensure the overall compliance with donor and grants conditions when allocating and re-phasing funds.
 Monitor grants expiry dates with the objective of ensuring that all funds are fully utilized prior to grant expiry dates.
 Monitor the utilization of resources (OR/RR/IB) and produces regular updates for the Country Office Management.
 Support the capacity development of programme staff to improve the description of expenditures that appear in financial reports
 Enable an institutional memory within the office through development and maintenance of record keeping of OR allocations forms and emails related to RR allocation; ensure the filing of and access to all the financial and budget related files on proposals, donor reports and all other financial documents.
 Provide reports on budget utilization during reviews (Mid-year, annual and mid-term reviews).
 Serve as the focal person for country offices’ management performance indicators; ensure all reporting requirements are fully met for the office; prepare weekly and monthly contribution management reports, taking into consideration the increased demand of complex, analytical reports in country office. Ensure quality information management through regular maintenance of contribution related information in VISION and e-filing on the office shared drive.

2. Control of accounts and treasury/cash management
 Review (as per delegated authority) the accurate and timely processing submission of payments, journal entries and other financial transactions within scope to the Global Shared Services Center (GSSC), ensuring compliance with budgetary limits, IPSAS and organizational regulations, rules, policies and procedures and standards of accountability and ethics. Take timely action on outstanding accounts to resolve pending issues. This includes dialogue and follow up with the GSSC to facilitate timely processing of financial transactions submitted to the center.
 Manage bank, petty and cash on hand accounts transactions and operations in accordance with UNICEF/UN financial regulations and rules, policies, procedures and local banking practices. Keep abreast of procedures and regulations regarding maintenance of bank accounts and exchange and interests rates. Keep Supervisor and relevant colleagues informed for timely action.
 Devise a system to monitor and forecast periodic cash requirements. Provide current information on cash position/forecast to management and make recommendation or take action to ensure sufficient availability of resources for programmes and operations activities.
 Maintain liaison with GSSC for various financial transactions in Vision and take appropriate corrective actions on findings identified by the Center.

3. Knowledge management and capacity building
 Contribute to capacity building of country office staff and partners and build budget management capacity of CO staff by facilitating training, following the growth in the staffing structure and partners, providing one on one follow up support and knowledge sharing.
 Contribute to design and implementation of capacity development strategy/initiatives for implementing partners which can be supported by UNICEF through identification of common weaknesses in financial and procurement management from review of micro assessment and assurance activity reports of high and significant risk partners.
 Contribute to design and implementation of capacity development strategy/initiatives for CO staff to ensure that staff has knowledge and skills to fulfill their responsibilities


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

  • Education: A University Degree in Development Studies, International Development, Programme/Project Management, Business Administration, Financial Management, Economics, and Auditing or other relevant field is required.

    Experience: A minimum of 1 year of professional experience in programme/ project development and management or financial planning, management and oversight or related field at the international and/or in a developing country is required.

    Relevant experience in program/project financial monitoring and evaluation in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

    Experience in budgeting and financial monitoring and reporting in EU funded projects is considered a strong asset.

    Experience with IPSAS and/or IFRS is considered as an asset.

    Language Requirements:
    Fluency in English and Romanian is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.


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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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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.