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Vacancy code VA/2014/B5005/5556
Position title Financial Management Specialist
Department/office GPSO, GVAC, Public Health
Duty station Accra, Ghana
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-7
Duration January-December 2015, renewable
Application period 10-Jul-2014 to 31-Jul-2014
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This vacancy has been cancelled.
Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Background Information - Job-specific

The Local Fund Agent (LFA) is a crucial part of the Global Fund's system of oversight and risk management. Its main role is to provide informed and independent professional advice about the capacity of Principal Recipients (PR) to manage the implementation of activities funded under grants (including PR capacity to oversee implementation of activities by Sub-Recipients), to make recommendations concerning periodic disbursement of grant funds, to review grant performance when a grant is being considered for renewal, and to provide the Global Fund  Secretariat on an ongoing basis with relevant information on issues or risks which might affect grant performance.

The LFA is expected to have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of the diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), how they are prevented, transmitted and treated and their impact on the country. The LFA assesses the PR’s institutional and health/programmatic capacities and arrangements to ensure adequate health expertise (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria) in the implementation of the Global Fund grants. The LFA also determines whether the PR has adequate infrastructure and information systems to support grant implementation, including the monitoring of performance of Sub-Recipients and outsourced entities in a timely and accountable manner.

Under the direct supervision of the UNOPS Ghana LFA Team Leader, the Finance Professional will be based in Accra and be responsible for the financial coordination of the Ghana LFA Team and for ensuring that all LFA work is of high quality and completed within the timeframe set by the Global Fund.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Ghana LFA Team Leader (TL), the incumbent is required to perform LFA financial management and oversight activities in Ghana by carrying out the following:
  • Review Disbursement Request/Financial Progress Updates and complete the LFA Progress Review and Recommendation for Ongoing Disbursement forms;
  • Timely and relevant review and comments to the Global Fund on the PR’s completed Enhanced Financial Reporting format;
  • Review various documents submitted by Principle Recipient and provide independent opinion/analysis of financial adequacy for Global Fund grants;
  • Follow data verification procedures and formats, conduct field visits and using the format given by GF, provide independent opinion and analysis on the financial management by the PR;
  • To conduct any other analysis requested by the Global Fund Team Leader (TL) from time to time;
  • Identify financial weaknesses and make recommendations with timeframes for necessary follow up by the PR;
  • Discuss with the Country Team Leader any other institutional and financial aspects to be reviewed and take action;
  • Prepare mission reports on the format required by Global Fund and submit it to the Country Team Leader;
  • Plan, monitor and suprvise the works of finance team for all work as per TORs;
  • Attend field visits with/ without the finance team members and debrief the SRs/SSRs on the filed visit outcomes.
  • Guide and assist the finance team in writing reports on the filed visits before submission to the Team Leader for scrutiny and onward submission to the Global Fund;
  • Suggest remedial measures on the potential weaknesses of the SR/SSR Management in the optimum utilization of TGF grant money and safegurading the GF grants against any fraud; and
  • Red-flagging for the Global Fund of any potential risk of mis-use of the Global Fund Grants.      

Mission travel may be required to support LFA team as and when needed;

Other activities as per The LFA Manual and/or as assigned;

Decision making.

Ability to analyse.

Organizing and quality orientation.

Communication skill.

Client focus.

  • Grants Management
  • Fund Management
  • Budget / Budgeting
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Cash Management
  • Financial Management / Financial Analysis / Financial Reporting
  • Asset Management
  • Planning and reviewing
  • Project Financial Control
  • Audit / Financial and compliance auditing / Analytical Skills
  • Forensic Auditing, Fraud examination

Master’s degree in accounting, finance or related field and professional internationally recognized accounting qualification


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field and professional internationally recognized accounting qualification, with additional two years of work experience.


It is preferable to have an internationally recognised professional finance or accounting qualification – e.g. Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Accountant Certification, Chartered Financial Analyst or Fédération des Experts-Comptables Européens etc.

In the absence of a professionally recognized qualification a Graduate Degree in Finance/Accounting with appropriate experience would be considered along with other factors;

7 years of relevant financial experience including 2 years of post-qualification experience in:

  • Financial accounting, with the ability to review and analyze accounting transactions;
  • Reviewing budgets;
  • Critical review and evaluation of financial management systems, with the ability to review and assess internal controls and financial  processes and procedures and provide recommendations for improvement;
  • Review and analysis  of financial statements (including income and expenditure statements, balance sheets and cash reconciliation statements); 
  • Review of audit reports; and
Previous Global Fund and/or LFA experience highly desirable. Audit experience will be a distinct advantage.

Fluent English required.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: Local Specialist Level 7
Contract duration:one year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • 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.
  • 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.

This vacancy has been cancelled.