Operations Specialist

UNICEF, Senegal

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st October, 2020

Job Description

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context

UNICEF Operates in the West and Central Africa Region with significant and complex programmatic and operational risks and challenges that require a dedicated position to support the Regional Chief of Operations in ensuring that risk management function, which is now supported by the new e-GRC tool, is properly managed and appropriate support is provided to Country Offices.

Purpose for the job

The Operations Specialist (Risk Management & Compliance) supports the Regional Chief of Operations in providing technical support, oversight and quality assurance for Operations in Country Offices in the region. The incumbent will coordinate Regional Office involvement and monitoring of internal and external audits as well as Donors' mandated reviews (DFID due diligence, EU verifications etc.) across the region. Facilitates the implementation of the risk management processes in accordance with the UNICEF's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Policy. Support and monitor the conduct of annual risk assessments by Country Offices and the implementation of eGRC by all the Country Offices in WCAR. The incumbent will support offices in the conduct of process reviews, risk and control self-assessments to assess risks and identify appropriate mitigating measures to reduce the likelihood of risks that may put in peril the achievement of key results for children. Provide quality assurance, or fact finding on specific/sensitive operational matters that require Regional Office attention. Provide oversight and technical support on various operational matters, in coordination with the Supervisor, including the planning and the conduct of Peer Reviews. Also, the incumbent will facilitate Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP/VISION) support to Country Offices.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support Country Offices to perform a risk and control self-assessment, which is a structured and systematic process for the assessment of risks to the achievement of an office’s objectives and planned results, and the incorporation of actions to manage those risks into workplans and work processes;
  • Conduct fact finding and quality assurance on sensitive operational matters that require specific Regional Office attention;
  • Coordinate the Regional Office's involvement in internal and external audits, as well as Donors' specific reviews (DFID due diligence, EU verifications etc.) across the region, from audits planning to the monitoring of the implementation of audit/review recommendations;
  • Provides prompt and competent advice to Country Offices on Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP/Vision) related questions.
  • Support the RO planning and coordination of the conduct of Risk based Peer Reviews to assess the effectiveness of key controls in Country Offices;
  • Support the fraud prevention activities in WCAR through effective collaboration with the Operations Manager – Fraud Prevention in the implementation of the WCAR Anti-Fraud Strategy;

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


  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in accounting, auditing, international relations, development, business administration, economics or financial management is required. A first level university degree (Bachelor's) in any of these fields in combination with three (3) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Accounting and/or audit qualification from a recognized institution is an asset.


  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience at both the national and international level in the areas of management, audit, finance, accounting, administration and/or other related fields is required.
  • Work experience in emergency duty station and/or Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP/Vision) is considered an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both French and English is required.


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