Mission and objectives
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been present in Brazil since 1950, supporting the most important changes in the area of childhood and adolescence in the country. UNICEF participated in major immunization and breastfeeding campaigns; the mobilization that resulted in the approval of article 227 of the Federal Constitution and the drafting of the Child and Adolescent Statute; the movement for universal access to education; programs to combat child labor; among other great advances in guaranteeing the rights of Brazilian girls and boys.In recent decades, Brazil has promoted a strong process of inclusion of children and adolescents in public policies. However, a significant portion of the population remains excluded. Therefore, in its cooperation program with the Brazilian government for the period 2017-2021, UNICEF focuses its efforts on the most vulnerable and excluded girls and boys, with a special focus on children and adolescents who are victims of extreme forms of violence .These children and adolescents in situations of greater vulnerability are spread throughout Brazil, but they are more concentrated in the Amazon, in the semiarid and in large urban centers. Through the UNICEF Seal, UNICEF promotes commitments to guarantee the rights of children and adolescents in the Semiarid and in the Brazilian Legal Amazon. In large cities, UNICEF works with a focus on reducing intra-municipal inequalities, through the Platform of Urban Centers (PCU).
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is present within 10 offices across Brazil. The UNV will be part of the Operations Section of UNICEF Brazil, with the Operations Section located in the capital Brasilia together with other units, such as Human Resources, Administration and Finance and Information, Communication and Telecommunication. UNICEF is implementing its 2017-2022 Country Programme in Brazil and now is developing the new Country Programme for the upcoming years. The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. UNICEF has adopted the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) as an approach for obtaining assurance that results have been achieved in line with resource utilization. It aims at managing risk related to cash transfers made to implementing partners in support of programme implementation, reducing partner transaction costs and allowing progressive use of national systems for management and accountability of results and resources. In addition to duty station specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts. UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.
Under the direct supervision of the Finance Associate and overall guidance of the Admin/finance Officer and the Deputy Representative – Operations, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Review and use of HACT reports o Assist with recording and update of risk ratings of implementing partners in the system VISION (SAP) through regular review of the Vendor Master and provision of information to relevant colleagues in the Country Office (CO). o Liaise with UNICEF Brazil CO Staff, UNICEF indicated service provider and Implementing Partners (IP) in the steps related to the execution of HACT assurance activities; o Share with implementing partners and CO staff HACT-related reports, especially reports of assurance activities, to ensure adequate awareness and follow-up with responsible officer and IP the identified issues. o Participate in the review of micro assessment reports of implementing partners to identify common weaknesses in financial and procurement management and propose capacity development actions that can be supported by UNICEF. o Participate in the review of assurance activity reports of implementing partners to identify issues that need follow-up and common weaknesses in financial and procurement management and propose capacity development actions that can be supported by UNICEF. 2. Networking and inter-agency partnership o Exchange information and/or operational support to implementing partners, UN system partners and other stakeholders in the CO on the implementation of HACT to reinforce UN/CO harmonization and coordination. o Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of HACT information and knowledge to facilitate/build their capacity for implementing HACT. o Participate in appropriate inter-agency meetings/events to facilitate and promote sharing of information, knowledge, experiences and best practices. o Interact regularly with other country offices and the regional office on HACT. 3. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building o Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from HACT and its implementation for integration into broader knowledge development planning and management efforts. o Participate in the design, planning and implementation of capacity development strategies/initiatives for implementing partners which can be supported by UNICEF through participation in review of reports of micro assessments and assurance activities of significant and high-risk partners. o Participate in the design and implementation of capacity development strategies/initiatives for CO staff to ensure that staff has the knowledge and skills to fulfil their responsibilities related to HACT. 4. Act as alternate Global Shared Service Center - GSSC Master Data Management - MDM/Finance Focal Point o Support the Finance Unit acting as alternate focal point between the office and GSSC on issues and questions pertaining to invoice and payment processing and master data management. o Upload requests into the Service Gateway Portal o Support in verifying accuracy by checking sources, making necessary calculations an assuring inclusion of relevant data for financial transactions being processed by the GSSC; o Work closely with colleagues from Admin/Finance Unit and provide support in achievement of unit’s work priorities and objectives. Results/Expected Output: The effective support provided by the Finance Assistant is to provide effective implementation and monitoring of the HACT activities directly impacts on programme execution, delivery of sustainable results, and promoting national ownership and accountability for programme resources, as well as support, whenever needed in the submission of payments and MDM Vendors to GSSC.