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IPSAS Specialist


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Mid level - IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-31
Job categories Finance
Vacancy code VA/2023/B0004/25421
Level ICS-10
Department/office OP, FG, Finance Group
Duty station Copenhagen, Denmark
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Ongoing ICA
Application period 08-Feb-2023 to 31-Mar-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Maintain and develop IPSAS compliant accounting guidance and financial procedures

  • Develop and maintain financial reporting standards compliant to IPSAS standards

  • Support development of IPSAS compliant financial statements and management reports

  • Implement and operationalize new IPSAS standards and updates made to current standards and collaborate with related business process owners and IT Group for implementation of necessary measures

  • Analyze IPSAS exposure drafts and published standards, assess impact on business processes and ERP systems, recommend appropriate course of action

  • Coordinate comments on exposure drafts and other papers issued by IPSASB

  • Review existing and new business processes for compliance to IPSAS and coordinate with process owners for necessary improvements  

  • Reviews new business processes for compliance to IPSAS and advise necessary recommendations to the  relevant business policy owners for necessary recommendations

  • Actively monitor and implement changes in accounting standards and regulatory requirements  and offers good change management practices when required

  • Liaise with external auditors on audit queries related to accounting and reporting and compliance to accounting standards and UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations

  • Update and maintain policy  documents on financial reporting and recording of corporate financial investments

  • Exercise periodic monitoring over transactions and account balances to ensure recording and reporting in accordance with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations and IPSAS policies on  financial instruments and other applicable Organizational Directives and Operational Instructions.

  • Review and assess agreements for financial instruments and equity deals and devise accounting treatments in compliance to IPSAS and UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations

  • Provide specialist support in establishing necessary processes for derivatives valuations, hedge accounting and application of impairment models

  • Take a proactive approach in identifying issues related to data quality and liaise with related parties in the organization to ensure timely and necessary corrections.

  • Maintain a log of issues identified, analyze data and draw a holistic action plan to improve processes and establish necessary controls based on lessons learned.

  • Contribute to developing and maintaining a strong control environment around financial reporting and the integrity of data used for preparation of corporate financial statements


  • Develop training materials and guidance on relevant IPSAS standards

  • Conduct, webex and virtual trainings to relevant personnel and business community 

  • Develop IPSAS awareness informative contents for internal communication

  • Support business process owners in the development of training materials through a review of the contents for technical IPSAS accuracy for topics assigned

  • Collaborate and communicate with UNOPS departments in HQ and field on regular basis

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in Finance, Accounting, Financial Management or a related field is required.

  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master's degree.

  • Professional certification in accounting (CA, CPA, ACCA, ACA, etc.) or equivalent is required

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant working experience within an international environment in the areas of financial reporting,  audit and accounting

  • A thorough knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is required.

  • Experience in areas of Financial Instruments and specialized knowledge in financial instruments (IPSAS 41, IFRS 9) and their practical application is considered as a strong asset

  • Excellent computer skills and ability to use software tools to present data clearly and concisely is highly desirable.

  • Demonstrated experience in interpretation of international accounting standards and preparation of financial statements is required.

Language Requirements
  • Full working knowledge of English.  

  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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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.